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Lick competes at USGA public links sectional qualifier

SACRAMENTO - Kevin Lick of Sunnyside is no stranger to pressure golf. A senior at Sunnyside High School this coming fall, he's already played in three WIAA Class 3A State Golf Tournaments.

In fact, Lick played yesterday and today in the Washington Junior Golf Association District 4 Championship tourney being held in Walla Walla. Neither the results from yesterday or today's rounds were readily available, though.

Lick climbed another rung on the experience ladder the last weekend of June, when he traveled to Sacramento, Calif. to compete in a USGA Amateur Public Links Sectional qualifier.

The Sunnyside teen fired a pair of five-over 77's at the Sacramento course, which had a course rating of 72.7 and a slope of 125. From a field of about 90 golfers, Lick finished in about 60th place.

It was one of 70 qualifiers held across the United States, with the top finishers at each event earning the right to advance to play for the amateur public links national championship. To play at the Sacramento qualifier, golfers had to have a USGA handicap of 8.4 or less and be a member of a public golf course.

The Sacramento qualifier was allocated three berths to the national tournament, as well as four alternate spots. The tournament was staged at Alister MacKenzie Golf Course at Haggin Oaks on June 26-27. The course was set up from the championship tees, which measured 6,991 yards. The par-72 course featured five par-5 holes, five par-3 holes and eight par-4 holes.

Lick isn't known for being especially long with his woods, but ironically, he played the par-5 holes at Alister MacKenzie at one-over. On the par-3's, Lick was one-over the first day, and played them two-over his second round. He was six-over-par the two days on the par-4 holes.

Consistency was the name of the game for Lick at Sacramento, as he netted only one birdie, that coming the first day on the par-3 sixth hole. Of the 36 holes he played the two days, he parred 26 of them. He settled with seven bogeys and limited his blow-up holes to just a pair of double-bogeys.

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