Eric Reid Hosts Inaugural Golf Tournament

Eric Reid has picked up where his former coach left off.

The San Francisco 49ers safety returned home this past week to host his first golf tournament, the Eric Reid Invitational, which raised money for the Baton Rouge Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation at the University Club in Baton Rouge, La.

Reid became the tournament host when his former defensive coordinator at LSU, John Chavis, departed to Texas A&M this offseason.

The 49ers safety willingly accepted the role of being the face of the fundraising golf tournament. Reid's association allows him to help the Baton Rouge community. Reid was born in Geismar, La.; he attended Dutchtown High School.

"My dad is on the board that helps put on the event," Reid told The Advocate, a local Baton Rouge newspaper. "When coach Chavis left, they were looking for someone to pick it up. (My) Dad asked me if I wanted to do it, and I said 'of course.' It's a good event and a good cause."

Reid's father, Eric Sr., was an LSU track and field All-American and the school's first champion in the men's 110-meter hurdles.

Eric Reid, the hard-hitting 49ers safety, went on to star for the Tigers. As a junior, he was an All-American in 2012. Reid went on to become San Francisco's 15th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Reid has been hard at work during San Francisco's voluntary offseason program. He did, however, take a short break to lend his time to an important cause. The team's vice president of football affairs, Keena Turner, also attended the event to lend his support.

"One of the things I love to do is give back," Reid said. "The fact that I can do it in my home state and my hometown makes it even better. Sickle cell affects a lot of people across the world."

Reid's presence at the tournament also allowed him to brush up on his golf skills, a new hobby of sorts.

"I'm learning how to play," Reid said. "I've been to the driving range with some (49ers) teammates a couple of times, trying to pick up some pointers."

Take a look at Reid's golf swing as well as more photos from the charity event.

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