MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Cameron Peck’s smile is so wide his cheeks must ache. He’s been smiling a lot since he arrived in Tennessee last Friday, one day after attending his final day of high school. And playing a lot of golf too – he’s already logged 90 holes this week before he tees off June 11 in the St. Jude Classic (oh, to be 17 again).
Peck played 36 holes Saturday and Sunday to learn the golf courses he would play at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier Monday and the TPC Southwind, where he makes his second Tour start (he missed the cut last fall at the Wyndham Championship).
A frown appeared on Peck’s face ever so briefly when he discussed failing to advance to the U.S. Open at the 36-hole qualifier. But the smile returned as he recounted the experience of playing in it with Tour pros Paul Goydos and Aron Price. And his smile grew wider when he talked about hitting balls next to Bob Tway and Tom Pernice Jr. after kicking back with a routine 18 holes Tuesday.
“It’s just so cool to be around all these guys I watch on TV all the time and I’m finally out here and it’s like I can’t believe I’m out here.”
Peck also had dinner with James Oh and lunch with Jason Gore.
“He’s my favorite player I’ve met,” Peck said.
When we parted, I told him in jest to try to smile a little and have some fun.
“I already am,” he said.