Wicks to light up at At­lantic

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE DE BRUYN

CHRIS WICKS of Dur­banville Golf Club leads the Western Prov­ince Premier Am­a­teur Tour rank­ings head­ing into to­day’s At­lantic Beach Open.

Two top-five fin­ish­ers and a facile vic­tory last time out in the re­cent West­lake Open sees him on 203 points and 43.5 ahead of Bel­lville’s Dean Robert Pilk­ing­ton.

Sean How­ell (Dur­banville) com­pletes the podium with Dar­ren Dun­lop (Dur­banville) and Ri­aan Lewis ( Bel­lville) round­ing off the top five.

“I’ve had a great start to the tour and hope to keep it that way,” said Wicks.

“At­lantic is a fine course and a dif­fi­cult one if the wind picks up.

“One has to be on point with game man­age­ment from the get-go and the start­ing point is ac­cu­racy off the tee box.

“If you’re in play on the fair­ways then you stand a good chance of cash­ing in with birdies and bet­ter. But like I said, any sign of the Cape Doc­tor will de­rail the best-laid plans.

“Let’s just wait to see what greets us when we rock up at the course.”

“Ob­vi­ously hav­ing per­formed con­sis­tently through three tour­na­ments helps my cause,” added Wicks.

“I started out with a fourth­placed fin­ish at Bel­lville and then came home third in the Parow Open. I fol­lowed up with first place at West­lake af­ter de­feat­ing El­ton James in a sud­den-death play-off.

“But now for a new chal­lenge on a dif­fer­ent course and I’ll be aim­ing for an­other leader­board fin­ish.”

Wicks, 24, has cer­tainly im­proved as a player. The happy- go- lucky fel­low was shy on con­sis­tency. He would make birdies as easy as he did dou­ble-bo­geys, and that spoilt the party in terms of chal­leng­ing for ti­tles.

But he’s ma­tured now and is far more dis­ci­plined in his ap­proach, hence the im­proved re­sults.

“Golf is a tough game at the best of times. I felt in the past I wasn’t play­ing to my full po­ten­tial and needed to re-as­sess things,” said Wicks, who hails from the Eastern Cape.

“Now it’s a case of tak­ing it one shot at a time. Pa­tience and a clear mind is key to shoot­ing com­pet­i­tive rounds. You could say my game is still a work in process.

“Things are com­ing along nicely and that leaves me feel­ing pos­i­tive for what lies ahead.”

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