Monday, June 29, 2009

Hicks, Stewart and Pinehurst -- again

Ten years later, Hicks and Stewart are together again at Pinehurst.

This time, Mike Hicks is caddying for Aaron Stewart, son of the late Payne Stewart, as he attempts to qualify Tuesday for the match-play portion of the North and South Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2. In 1999, Payne Stewart won the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

Aaron Stewart plays college golf for SMU and is one of 97 golfers chasing 33 available spots in the 64-player bracket that begins match play on Wednesday.

The top 31 seeds are already in place with defending champion Matt Savage, a Florida State golfer, the No. 1 seed.

Charlotte's Corey Nagy is exempted into match play. He is seeded 13th.

Oklahoma State's Morgan Hoffman, ranked No. 2 in the world amateur rankings, is in the field along with 13th-ranked Erik Flores.