Rough run doesn’t keep Hickman from 3rd title

Defending champ breezes through final 12 holes

Chris Hickman shot his ball into a tree on Newark Country Club’s par-five, sixth hole he appeared vulnerable.

The leader of the Delaware Junior Boys Championship, who entered Thursday ahead by four strokes, had already bogeyed one hole. On six, he had to get on his knees to chip his ball backwards to the fairway, out from the ground-hugging branches.

“That was a rough hole,” he said. “I thought I was gonna make an eight on that. What if I missed it or chunked it in the tree or something like that?”

Hickman finished that hole with just a bogey. He roared through the remaining 12 holes with five birdies and no bogeys to win the tournament and firmly cement his name in Delaware State Golf Association history with a six-stroke victory.

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