The golf career of David Hicks moves to a new level, starting Monday.
Hicks, a 20-year-old former Middle Township High School standout, will begin play in the 117th United States Amateur Golf Championship, a seven-day tournament at two sites in southern California.
“It’s all been really surreal,” said Hicks, a Middle Township resident and rising junior golfer at The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. “When I qualified I was pretty excited. The competition will be probably the best I’ve played against. My goal is to make match play.”
The U.S. Amateur’s 312 qualifiers will have two days of stroke play and the top 64 at that point advance to the 1-against-1 match-play rounds.
The tournament will be held at Riviera County Club in Pacific Palisades and at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles. Bel-Air will be used during the match play rounds.
Each golfer will play a stroke-play round on each of the courses. Hicks will be the last to tee off on Monday at 5:51 p.m. (EDT) at Riviera on Hole No. 10. He will start at Bel-Air No. 1 at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday.
“I’ve played more match play as of late, and I’ve come to like it better,” Hicks said. “It’s an adjustment. I still haven’t played it a lot, but I’m used to the situations you’re put in.”
Hicks finished second with a 1-under-par 139 in the 36-hole U.S. Amateur qualifier on July 25 at Stonewall Links in Elverson, Pennsylvania. The top four finishers qualified.
“I stuck with the plan to be even-par, and beat that at 1-under, just enough to get there,” said Hicks, a three-time Press High School Golfer of the Year and a four-time Press All-Star.
The U.S. Amateur is the oldest golf championship in the United States. Fox and Fox Sports 1 will air coverage of the match-play portion of the tournament. The winner will get an exemption from…