ELIZABETHTOWN — After a highly successful summer on the Coastal Junior Golf Tour, Cade Hancock opened his current summer schedule by attending a golf camp at Wake Forest University.
Hancock, 13, spent a week under the tutelage of Wake Forest golf coach Jerry Haas and Kansas State golf coach Grant Robbins.
“For a solid week, Cade had the opportunity to hone his skills, plus showcase his talents in front of six different college coaches,” Cade’s father Jim said. “He was really anxious to put his skills to the test.”
While at Wake Forest, Hancock won the long drive contest, as well as the putting contest in the 12- and 13-year-old division. He followed that up on the camp’s final day bested nine other golfers and won the stroke play tournament to bring a trophy home.
When Hancock came home, he set his sights on his 2014 Coastal Junior Golf Tour schedule. The first stop was at Winding River Plantation near Southport, where he teed it up at Fred Couples’ signature golf course, Carolina National.
Hancock managed to score a 79 and won the event by two strokes.
Following that victory, Hancock moved on to Landfall Country Club in Wilmington to compete in the first stage of the Drive, Chip and Putt Contest — a three-stage event that will send the overall winner to the 2015 Masters at Augusta National.
Hancock won the first stage’s driving portion of the contest and took third in the chipping portion. Though he didn’t place in the putting portion, he did pick up some points that helped him finish third overall. He now advances to the second stage, which will be held in August. The top two will advance to the third stage.
Hancock will also soon be competing at Pine Valley Country Club in Wilmington and at a two-day event sponsored by Ping at River Landing in Wallace.