Crawford Reeves may be a rookie in the Scott Robertson Memorial older boys' division, but the 16-year-old South Carolinian is well aware of some of the names that have been stamped on the event's trophy the past 25 years.
The list includes Hunter Mahan and Kevin Na, both now regulars on the PGA Tour. Then there's Webb Simpson, currently the No. 1 men's amateur player in the country. And don't forget Philip Francis, the 2006 U.S. Junior Amateur champion who just finished his freshman year at UCLA.
"Yes, sir, to have my name on there with those guys would be great," Reeves said, flashing a huge grin.
Well, he's now only one round of good golf away from joining the crowd.
In the round of the day, Reeves posted a spotless 5-under 66 Saturday to roar to the lead heading into today's final 18 holes at Roanoke Country Club.
Undaunted by swirling gusts that transformed RCC into a wind tunnel at times, Reeves recorded five birdies without a bogey to complete 36 holes with a 6-under 136 total. He will head to the first tee at 11:10 a.m. today and begin his quest to claim the biggest prize of his young career.
"I had a pretty good summer last year and I was in this position a pretty good amount of times," said Reeves, a high school junior in Greenville, S.C., who already has committed to play his college golf at nearby Clemson in the fall of 2009.
"That said, it's the first time in this position on this type of stage. So we'll see what happens.
"I think it's fun. I'm sure I'll be thinking about it [Saturday night], but that's OK. I'll probably just take a nap, watch some TV or a movie, or just hang out. I'll be OK. I'll be able to sleep in since I have a late tee time, so that's good."
Reeves, who doesn't play the major national schedule that many of his other competitors in the field do, will take a one-shot lead into the final round. Cheng-Tsung Pan, a Taiwan native who is among the arsenal of hot-shot players on hand from the Bradenton, Fla.- based IMG David Leadbetter Golf Academy, posted the day's second lowest round -- a 67 in which he birdied four of the first five holes and then parred the rest -- and is one shot back.
Only two other players -- Jack Fields of Southern Pines, N.C., and Korea native Byeong-Hun An of the Leadbetter Academy -- are three shots off the pace. Fields, the runner-up in the prestigious Donald Ross Junior earlier this year, shot a 69 and is tied at 139 with An, who skied to a second-round 74 on the heels of a brilliant 65 Friday.
If Reeves plays like he did Saturday, the rest of the field may be toast. He kept his tee ball in the short grass all day long. He birdied all four of the layout's par-5s, then drained an 18-footer for birdie on the final hole to snare the lead.
"The big thing on this course is keeping your ball in the fairway," Reeves said. "If you do that, you'll have a pretty good chance to score. I like this course. You have to think your way around. When I played here two years ago when I was 14, I was trying to bomb the driver at all the corners and that was just stupid. I made a bunch of big numbers, so I learned something."
Hardy's David Hudgins, who shot a 72 and is tied for 22nd at 147, leads the area contingent. Salem's Ryan Davis (74) is tied for 30th. Martinsville's Jack Adkins (75) and Floyd's Michael Wade (77) are tied for 49th at 153.
In the boys' 13-14 class, A.J. Crouch (74) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Davis Womble (72) of High Point, N.C., are tied for the top spot at 146.
Salem's Parker Davis (77) is tied for eighth at 153, while fellow Salemite Connor Walters (76) is tied for 10th at 155. Roanoke's Drew Lagan (77) and Radford's Zeke Shaffer (79) are tied for 17th at 159.
Austin Inman (82) of Forest is tied for 25th at 165.
Scott Robertson Memorial
Boys' round 2 leaderboard (Par 71)
Crawford Reeves 70-66 -- 136
Cheng-Tsung Pan 70-67 -- 137
Jack Fields 70-69 -- 139
Byeong-Hun An 65-74 -- 139
Curtis Thompson 71-70 -- 141
James Back 69-72 -- 141
Michael Moyers 70-72 -- 142