Bricker preps for USGA Junior Amateur

July 20, 2003|by TIM KOELBLE

One of the fine junior golfers in the Tri-State region will put his game on display this week at the USGA Junior Amateur at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md.

Waynesboro's Chad Bricker, fresh off a three-round performance at famed Pinehurst in the 25th North-South Amateur, will be among 156 hopefuls that tee it up Monday and Tuesday for 36 holes of stroke play, hoping to be one of the 64 that make it to match play competition.

The 16-year old Bricker, who will be a junior at Waynesboro High School, tied for first place in the sectional qualifier at the Naval Academy Country Club in June to gain entry into his first USGA-level competition.


"I'm pretty excited about playing in it," Bricker said. "I tried last year and just missed. I just want to go there and play my own game, make it past the first level (stroke play) and after that anything can happen in match play."

Bricker hopes his experience on Pinehurst's No. 2, 5 and 8 courses will add valuable experience for the Junior Amateur. Pinehurst features smallish, sloped greens, much like the contour of those at Columbia Country Club.

"I think my chipping and putting are the strong points of my game," Bricker said. "From what I understand Columbia is not a long course, but the greens are small and very fast."

Bricker kick-started his young golf ambitions when he was between 10 and 11 and has worked his game upward mostly at Waynesboro Country Club. He has also received plenty of instruction through junior clinics and from lessons through Wayne DeFrancesco, club pro at Woodholme Golf Club in Pikesville, Md.

Bricker had competed in some other sports in earlier grades at Waynesboro, but golf completely consumed him.

Like most others he'd like to eventually tune his game toward the professional level.

"I'd like to go to Clemson for golf, but I really haven't talked to them yet," Bricker said. "It takes dedication and hard work."

Upcoming Events

Several dates of interest are on the calendar.

Chambersburg's Clayton Rotz plays on the United States World Junior team against the Canadian National team at St. Andrews, Scotland beginning July 29.

The Washington County Open will be held at Beaver Creek Aug. 9-10; The PGA Club Professional Championship will be held Aug. 18-20 at Maryland National Golf Club in Middletown, Md., and Musket Ridge Golf Course in Myersville, Md.; The Frederick, Md., City Amateur Tournament will be held Aug. 23-24 at Clustered Spires Golf Course.


Did You Know?

Ever wonder where the term "mulligan" came from?

According to the USGA, in the late 1920s a Canadian golfer named David Mulligan was one member of a foursome who was playing the St. Lambert Country Club near Montreal.

On the first hole, Mulligan hit a drive that carried over a rough rural road and a bumpy bridge with crossties near the club entrance. In order to get the ball, he had to drive his car to get it. Because his hands on the steering wheel suffered so much shock during the trip he was graciously given a second try off the first tee by his playing partners.

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