After moving away from the Rose City for the last few years, Aaron Hickman did not have the opportunity to compete at Willow Brook Country Club.
This weekend, it was as if he never left.
Hickman fired a final round of 4-under 67 on Sunday to complete a stellar 54-holes of golf and win the WBCC Men’s Club Golf Championship.
“It is special when you can have your name up on the wall with people like A.J. (Triggs) and Andy Wall,” said Hickman, noting a couple of the multiple tournament champions at WBCC.
Hickman, who won his third WBCC title, completed a steady weekend of golf with a three-day total of 4-under 209 to win by 12 strokes over runners-up Wes Alexander and Jacky Lee. Tying for fourth at 223 were Steve Duffey and Kyle Deshazo.
Alexander and Lee scored well during the final round as both carded 3-under 68s.
“I drove the ball well all weekend, but (Sunday) I made some putts,” Hickman said.
Hickman was a standout at golfer at Palestine High School and TCU. He won back-to-back Willow Brook crowns in 2006-07 before moving away from East Texas.
He is scheduled to compete in the Texas Golf Association’s State Mid-Amateur in September at Dallas Athletic Club. Hickman also will attempt to qualify for the U.S. Mid-Amateur which is also in September at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill.
In the Presidents Flight, Luke Loggins won a sudden-death playoff over Bryon Triggs. Luke Freeman and Brad Butcher tied for third.
Jeff Feliciano won Flight 1 by one stroke over David Dial, while Chip Swinney and Luis Correa tied for third.
Flight 2 was also tight as Alan Wharton claimed first by one stroke over Brad Robertson and two strokes over Alex Hammond.
Justin Stafford won Flight 3, while Bill Wylie was second, followed by Tanner Berryhill. Joe Cooley captured the net division, while Jeff Bigbie was second.
2012 Men’s Club Golf Championship
Willow Brook Country Club
Championship Flight — 1, Aaron Hickman, 72-70-67—209; 2, (tie) Wes Alexander, 75-78-68—221; Jacky Lee, 75-78-68—221; 4, (tie) Steve Duffey, 77-75-71—223; Kyle Deshazo, 74-75-74—223.
Presidents Flight — *1, Luke Loggins, 81-77-74—232; 2, Byron Triggs, 79-79-74—232; 3, (tie) Luke Freeman, 82-76-75—233; Brad Butcher, 79-79-75—233.
Flight 1 — 1, Jeff Feliciano, 80-75—155; 2, David Dial, 78-78—156; 3, (tie) Chip Swinney, 84-77—161; Luis Correa, 83-78—161; 5, Tyler Clark, 88-76—164.
Flight 2 — 1, Alan Wharton, 81-84—165; 2, Brad Robertson, 83-83—166; 3, Alex Hammond, 84-83—167; 4, Richard Kennedy, 85-85—170; 5, (tie) Blake Thompson, 83-88—171; Charles Stone, 84-87—171.
Flight 3 (Gross) — 1, Justin Stafford, 88-87—175; 2, Bill Wylie, 91-86—177; 3, Tanner Berryhill, 88-90—178.
Flight 3 (Net) — 1, Joe Cooley, 142; 2, Jeff Bigbie, 145.