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Patrick Hickey reminds his sister of his hole-in-one when it comes to debate who is the better golfer among the siblings.
Patrick Hickey knows he has it pretty good when it comes to his active lifestyle on the local sports scene. So he never loses sight of who makes it all possible for him.
The 15-year-old Corner Brook native keeps himself busy in the summer months with a round of golf almost every day. He trades his golf clubs in for a set of alpine skis in the winter as a member of the alpine racing team at Marble Mountain. He also dabbles in basketball.
Patrick isn’t the only child of Corner Brook’s Pat Hickey and Barbara Ann Dunphy who excels in a number of disciplines. Abigail and Paige, his two younger siblings, also share a love for golf and skiing with a desire to be among the best in the province. The two sisters also play basketball to keep them active.
Related: Abigail HIckey
Patrick said playing sports allows him to push himself to get better, meet new friends and certainly provides an opportunity to travel to different places for various competitions.
He knows it takes time and energy for him to keep committed to his goals in each respective sport, but he puts it all in perspective when he compares the investment of his parents who have given the trio a green light to pursue the things that make them content.
He said his parents have become their No. 1 fans in their athletic pursuits and all they do is appreciated by him and his sisters. He also knows his coaches have been patient in helping him hone his skills.
He believes it’s important not to take anything or anyone for granted. That’s something that has helped him become a better athlete and that includes his performance on the golf course as he participates in the Tely Junior Golf Tour this summer with his siblings by his side.
He admits his golf season didn’t get off to a great start, but he has remained patient and worked harder to get it where he was comfortable. He is passionate about his game and he certainly focuses on getting things right.
He understands that if he wants to be among the best, then he has to do what the best do.
Besides, he likes to be challenged and beating his sisters all the time is just part of the fun of being immersed in a family sinking its teeth into sports for the long haul with hopes of being a better athlete and person at the end of the day.
He’s not afraid of hard work and his parents would tell you he is somewhat of a perfectionist.
“I just want to keep getting better and better, and you want to beat your friends so you put the time in,” he said.
Related: Paige Hickey
The trio always push each other to be better and they also share a laugh or two over the countless times one tried to get the upper hand on the other. It’s all part of a family environment that stretches well beyond the dinner table with mom and dad.
But, Patrick makes it clear that his sisters have some catching up to do if they want to have bragging rights to the best golfer in the group. He just wanted to remind them that he recorded a hole-in-one on the par-3 No. 13 hole at Blomidon two years ago.
Until that feat is matched, he contends it’s a closed discussion.
One thing is for sure, he plans on making the strides to get his game to the next level. He puts as much effort into the mental side of the game as he does working on his putting because that’s what separates the best from the rest of the field.
“You have to be confident and believe you’re going to make the shot and you have to forget the bad shot,” he said.
Name: Patrick Hickey
Birthday: Dec. 9, 1998
Biggest golf influence: Tiger Woods
Tely Tour goal: Win Tour title
Best golfer of the trio: Obviously me
Favourite female athlete: Suzann Pettersen
Favourite male athlete: Tiger Woods
Favourite movie: 22 Jump Street
Favourite App on phone: 8 ball pool
Biggest pet peeve: When I three-putt or miss the green inside 150 yards
Life after high school: Become a doctor
Favourite quote: “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”