On break from camp, Dickson enjoying U.S. Junior

On break from camp, Dickson enjoying U.S. Junior

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On break from camp, Dickson enjoying U.S. Junior

THE WOODLANDS, Texas –– Will Dickson hasn’t played much golf leading up to this week’s U.S. Junior Amateur – not because he didn’t want to, but because he couldn’t.

Dickson, a 15-year-old from Providence, R.I., has spent the last month at Camp Sankaty, a caddie camp at Sankaty Head Golf Club in Nantucket Island, Mass.

The camp, first started in 1930, is one of the last remaining caddie camps in the world. Each summer, 60 boys are selected to attend the eight-week-long camp, where they live in a disciplined and structured environment, and caddie for members of the club. They also do chores, play team sports and take part in other social, moral and cultural activities.

Dickson first attended the camp last year, a decision made by his parents.

“I wanted to play,” Dickson said. “Being from (the Northeast), summertime is when I can play golf. It was kind of a knock in the back of head, where I couldn’t play for eight weeks.”

But this year, Dickson chose to go on his own.

“It turned out to be a pretty cool thing,” Dickson said. “Making the contacts and all the people that you meet, it’s worked out pretty well.”

Dickson’s father, John Dickson, said the members took to Will so well that they let him qualify for the U.S. Junior this year, and when he made it, they let him make the weeklong trip to Texas so he could compete.

“They realized that I needed to play,” Will Dickson said.

Dickson is making the most of his time away, too. He upset Cameron Young, Golfweek’s third-ranked junior, in the Round of 64 at The Club at Carlton Woods, and he’ll face John Pak in Thursday’s Round of 32.

“I like match play a lot more,” said Dickson, who is playing in his first U.S. Junior. “You can play a little more aggressively, you can be more confident with your putting. I love it.”

Dickson would love to stay until Saturday, too, and enjoy his mini-vacation a little longer. After that, though, it’s back to Sankaty Head for a few more weeks of caddie camp.

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