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Hicks plays his way onto AAA All-State team on the links

Posted: May 17, 2012 11:52 a.m.
Updated: May 18, 2012 5:00 a.m.

While the Camden High golf team missed earning a spot in this week’s AAA state golf championship held at the Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina University, the two-day event did have a Bulldog presence along the Grand Strand.
CHS freshman Will Hicks and senior teammate Austin Watson earned berths in the event thanks to finishing in the top three among players in the AAA Lower State tournament whose teams did not earn a spot in state championship event.
Hicks took full advantage of his opportunity as he opened with a 1-over-par 73 in Monday’s opening round. He came back to shoot an even-par 72 on Tuesday for a two-day, 1-over-par 145. That tied Hicks for second in the field of 87 players, while earning AAA All-State honors.
Watson finished tied for 35th as he shot a 79-81—160.
Hicks, who won the 2011 Kornegay Memorial Junior Golf Championship title at the Camden Country Club last summer, had been coming into his own under CHS head coach and Camden CC head pro, Matt McCarley.
McCarley said Hicks’ performance capped off a half-year of working out the kinks in his golf game.
“Over the past six months,” McCarley said, “Will has been working hard and has really been listening to what I’ve been telling him. Will has always had a lot of physical ability, now he is putting the mental part of the game together with it.”
McCarley said Hicks’ short game shined in the tournament.
“Will really played well around the greens,” the former USC golf captain said. “As far as his ball-striking this week, I don’t think any player in the tournament was any better around the greens than Will was.”
That being said, McCarley said the next point of focus for he and Hicks will be the short game. Once the entire package comes together, McCarley said there will be bigger and better things on the horizon for Hicks.
“Will has a lot of room for improvement with his game from 100 yards in,” McCarley said. “Once he does that, he is going to be a very good player one day.”

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