Alex Hicks (Middle Township) turned around on the Par 3 fifth hole at the Williamsburg Club on Oct. 1 after hitting his tee shot to put his club back into his bag.
What he saw when he turned around is every golfer's dream.
Hicks turned around just in time to see his ball land a few feet past the hole before drawing back and slowly trickling into the hole for an ace.
Hicks' third lifetime hole-in-one (first in competition) was just one of many highlights in the William & Mary junior's record-breaking win at the Joe Agee Invitational.
Hicks' hole-in-one came in the final round of the two-day, 54-hole event that saw him shoot 66-66-67 for his first tournament championship.
"I knew I hit a good shot but I didn't really think it was going to go in," Hicks said. "I thought it may come within a couple of feet.
"Once that happened, I sort of knew that if I just kept it together, it was my tournament to lose."
Hicks won the event with a tournament-record 14-under-par 199, edging the second-place finisher by seven strokes.
"It was great," said Hicks, a team co-captain. "It was a good week of golf. I have probably been playing the best golf of my career."
Hicks' first two rounds set a 36-hole school record (10 under). He tied the 54-hole record and became the first golfer in Tribe history to shoot under 200.
"In the moment, I never really thought about any of that," Hicks said. "I don't know, maybe some of them will still be there a few years down the road."
So how did the business major celebrate the big win?
He went home for a brief study session before taking a three-hour exam in his Financial Reporting and Analysis class.
Hicks said he hasn't received his grade from the exam yet, but it's safe to say he's hoping it's higher than his round scores.
A large contingent of area natives competed in one of the biggest scholastic cross country meets in the nation on Saturday.
More than 6,000 runners from 450 college and high school programs gathered to compete in the Paul Short Run at Lehigh University.
Rowan University women's team finished 18th out of 45 teams in the Brown Race. Meghan Borz (Buena Regional) led the Profs with a 15th place finish out of 365 runners in 22 minutes and 13 seconds. Kathryn Juniewicz (Absegami) finished 173rd in 24:24 and Priscilla Antuna (Southern Regional) 191st in 24:37.
The TCNJ men's team finished 17th out of 47 teams in the men's Brown Race and fifth among Division III teams in the heat. Kevin Scott (Ocean City) finished 98th in 27:02. Andrew DeMaria (Ocean City) was TCNJ's fifth runner to finish in 27:37.
The Rutgers-Camden men's team finished 28th in the White Race as Jeff Bash (Hammonton) finished 131st in the 333-runner field in 29:21.
Brandon Skeie (Southern Regional) finished 11th in 28:15.14 on Friday as the University of West Florida won the Watson Ford Invitational at Mississippi College.
Justin Veltri (Oakcrest) had an assist in the second half of Rider University's 3-1 win against Marist on Saturday. The Broncs have won six of their last nine games.
Matt Broomall (Mainland Regional) had five saves as Rutgers-Newark beat TCNJ 2-1 in double overtime on Saturday in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game.
Stevan Austino (Buena Regional) scored in the 73rd minute on Wednesday as Rutgers-Camden played TCNJ to a 1-1 tie to improve to 11-0-1 this season. The goal was Austino's fourth this season.
Christina Vincentini (Lacey Township) had an unassisted goal in Bloomfield College's 3-2 overtime loss to Lincoln University on Saturday.
Jill Baltz (Ocean City) scored the game-winning goal on a header just two minutes into Gettysburg College's 4-0 win against Susquehanna University on Wednesday.
Kelsey Cheek (Oakcrest) had an assist on Saturday in West Chester University's 4-2 win against East Stroudsburg. Cheek, who has four goals and four assists this season, had two goals in West Chester's 10-3 win against Seton Hill on Sept. 28.
Casey Hanna (Ocean City) scored her first collegiate goal on her first collegiate shot in Monmouth University's 4-2 win against Lehigh University on Sept. 15. Hanna has played in all 10 of the team's games with eight starts.
West Chester University traveled to Southern Connecticut for a tri-meet including Shippensburg.
Michelle Heinemann (Egg Harbor Township) won the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events with scores of 24.37 and 236.47, respectively.
Lauren Carastro (Vineland) won the 500 freestyle, took second in the 1,650 free and fourth in the 400 individual medley.
Sophomore Bethany Desmond (Holy Spirit) helped Barry University's Varsity 8 boat win the Mix of Miami Regatta by 49 seconds over Nova Southeastern. Barry's top boat covered the 4,500-meter course in 15 minutes and 52.8 seconds.
Stephanie Hauck (Egg Harbor Township) and Bethany Warlich (Absegami) competed for Nova Southeastern. Kelsey Obringer (Holy Spirit) was on Nova Southeastern's winning Varsity 4 boat.
Drexel University's men's and women's crew teams had a solid day on Saturday, sweeping every heat of a race with Bucknell and Lehigh on the Susquehanna River.
Nicholas Capaldi (Oakcrest) and Daniel Palombo (St. Augustine Prep) were on the winning top Varsity 8 boat that finished in 19:12.
Marc Smith (St. Augustine Prep) and Casimir Czworkowski (St. Augustine Prep) were each on the winning second Varsity 8 with the day's fastest time of 19:07.
Amanda Kleuser (Absegami) helped the women's Varsity 8 to a first-place finish in 20:46. Sierra Baca (Holy Spirit) was on the third Varsity 8 boat, which won in 21:16.
Baca and Drexel's top Varsity 8 won the Mayor's Cup for a third straight season on Sept. 28 at the Rumson Boat Race. The team's second Varsity 8, with stroke Kleuser and Bridget Pfeifer (Absegami), beat Army and Villanova to finish in first.
TCNJ's Patrick Kimball (Ocean City) was named New Jersey Athletic Conference defensive player of the week for the week ending Sept. 28. Kimball had three sacks and five tackles for a loss in TCNJ's 7-2 nonconference win against Southern Virginia. Kimball was the first NJAC player since 2011 to record five tackles for a loss in the same game.
Washington College sophomore softball player Sadie Robertson (Middle Township) was recognized as a scholar-athlete by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for the 2013 season. The NFCA honors athletes with a minimum 3.5 GPA over the previous two semesters. Robertson saw action in 25 games for the Shorewomen last season as a freshman.
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