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Apr 01, 2022

Middletown South Golfer Richard Reck Looking Forward to 2022 Season

By Les Pierce

Richard Reck Jr.

It seems for most of us that winter is the longest three months of the year. For an avid golf fan, it may seem like an eternity.

However, spring is finally here, and the courses are abuzz with activity. It’s likely that no one is more excited about getting back out on the greens than Middletown resident Richard “Richie” Reck Jr.

Reck is a member of the Middletown High School South boys’ golf team. He has turned in several stellar performances in 2021 and is expected to be at the top of his game this year.

The highlight of his 2021 season was winning the NJPGA Junior University Open over a field of 80. The tourney was held at the par 71 Springdale Golf Club in Princeton on Aug. 24 and 25.  

He shot a 72 on the first day and trailed Dylan Zhang by one stroke. However, in the second round he fired a four-under-par 67 for a two-round, three-under-par total of 139. Derek Gutierrez finished second, four strokes behind at 143, and Ajeet Bagga was third at 144.

The victory was a breakthrough that was overdue. Reck had been portraying the “bridesmaid never a bride” role during the summer. He played in five other tournaments in July and finished no worse than third. His performances leading up to the win at Springdale were: second – Junior Event at Oak Hill (Oak Hill Golf Course, July 6), third – Junior Event at Bella Vista (Bella Vista Country Club, July 8), third – NJPGA Junior Open (Basking Ridge Country Club, July 12 and 13), second – NJPGA Junior Cup (Mendham Golf and Tennis Club, July 19 and 20) and third – NJPGA Mountain Classic (Hawk Pointe Golf Club July 28 and 29).  

Reck’s 67 on the Springdale course was his best competitive round to date. His best noncompetitive outing was an eight-under-par 64 at Jumping Brook Country Club.

“I got into golf after my father had brought me to a small par-three, nine-hole course in Wall,” said Reck. After that, I was hooked, especially after watching the touring pros in real life at Barclays.”

Reck will be spearheading a talented and hopeful South team this spring. Joining the 6-foot-5 junior on the squad are sophomore Dan Cassidy and seniors Robert Generelli, Ryan Jerome, Sean Russo, and Christian Palermo. 

“Richard Reck is by far one of the most dedicated golfers I have had in five seasons,” stated Head Coach Rod Murchie.  “He is relentless in his pursuit to improve his game and enjoys the process about the game of golf. Richard embraces hard work and puts in countless hours of practice on and off the course. He is a confident young man who possesses the skills to play at the next level.”