David Hicks’ debut at the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship in California did not go as planned.

The Middle Township native and three-time Press High School Player of the Year shot a total of 21-over par during the first two days of stroke play in the oldest golf tournament in North America.

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Hicks, 20, opened Monday with a nine-over 79 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. He had seven bogeys and one double bogey.

On Tuesday at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, Hicks continued to struggle, shooting a 12-over par. He had six bogeys and three double bogeys. He did finish the day with three straight pars, however.

Of the 312 golfers to qualify, the top 64 finishers advance to the 1-against-1 match-play rounds, which begins Wednesday.

— Mark Melhorn

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Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.

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