Utah sophomore Gentry Hicks will begin competition in the U.S. Amateur Championship on Aug. 13.
Aug. 10, 2012
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. - University of Utah sophomore Gentry Hicks will begin competition in the 112th U.S. Amateur Championship on Monday, Aug. 13, in Colorado.
"I'm excited about the opportunity, it's going to be fun to get out there before season and see how I'm playing," said Hicks. "Most of the better college golfers in the country will be competing so playing against those guys will be a good test of where my game is. I know I'm really lucky to qualify on my first try. Right now I'm just focused on getting through stroke play. If I make the 64-player stroke-play cut, I will know I'm playing well enough to maybe win a few matches in the match-play portion too, which would be really nice."
Hicks qualified for the nation's most prestigious amateur event by taking medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur Qualifying tournament, held earlier this month at the Promontory Nicklaus Course near Park City, Utah. He won the 36-hole qualifying event with a two-round total of 143 (74-69).
"It is great to see Gentry playing so well this summer," said Utah head coach Randall McCracken. "Winning the U.S. Amateur qualifier show just how good of a player he is. Playing in the US Am will be a great experience for him and I'm sure this is just one of many great things we will see from Gentry during his time as a Ute."
As a freshman in 2012, the Oro Valley, Ariz. native played 31 rounds as a freshman in 2012 and posted the team's second-best stroke average of 76.3.
Cherry Hills Country Club will be set up at 7,432 yards and will play to a par of 35-36-71. The companion course, CommonGround Golf Course, will be set up at 7,351 yards and will play to a par of 36-34-70. Hicks will tee off at 12:15 p.m. on the CommonGround course.