|Princeton senior Zach Hicks was a model of consistency this season, always shooting right around the 40.0 mark. He also had a strong attribute being a team leader. (BCR photo/Mike Vaughn)|
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Zach Hicks is not a real flashy golfer, one that will post incredibly low scores after another.
What he will do is post consistent scores, day after day, meet after meet, week after week.
While he broke out with a career-round of 1-under at Deer Valley this season, he was at 40 time after time.
For that consistency and his leadership qualifies, Hicks is the 2013 BCR Male Golfer of the Year.
Unlike a lot of sports when you are competing against a team, Hicks said the game of golf can be a simple game of mind over matter.
“Golf is kind of a different sport. You have your own mind to play. It’s you against everybody else, but it’s kind of you vs. you,” he said. “It’s nice to have that consistency.”
He was meet medalist 10 times with a streak taking top honors five times in a row. He advanced to the sectional level in Class 2A shooting an 83 at the LaSalle Regional.
“His consistency was by far his biggest strength,” PHS coach Duane Price said.
Another attribute which makes Hicks is his leadership. He was a team leader in every way, leading by example with his play and his concern and care for all teammates. It was never about Hicks, but rather how his team did.
“Every golf coach would be thrilled to have six Zach’s on his varsity roster,” Price said. “In addition to a strong work ethic, Zach was a consistent golfer who remained selfless throughout the season. Zach’s community service and sincere care for his teammates is extremely tough to replicate,” Prices said.
As the lone senior on the PHS squad, Hicks took his leadership role to heart.
“We didn’t really have other seniors to pool around like in past years,” he said. “It was different. But it was also kind of nice, because I could cater to the younger kids and show them what you can do to be a better golfer faster, more mentally. I’m not a great golfer, but I try to keep my head in it as much as I can. And I know if I wold have been taught that my freshmen year and learned that faster, it would have helped my process.”
It was a disappointing not being able to achieve his goal and reach state, falling six strokes short at the Freeport 2A Sectional.
“It was an emotional battle. It was hard to fight off tears because that was my last match in high school at least,” said Hicks, who would like to play golf in college.
Hicks is not sure he’s the best golfer in his family. He may give those honors to his sister, Arraia, a PHS sophomore golfer.
“I think if she just practices, she’ll end passing me pretty soon. She’s a natural at it. If she can get the mental game, she’ll be good,” he said.
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