March 16, 2004
Dougherty County-- Albany's Dave Hill celebrated his 29th birthday Monday, but the real icing on the cake would be a solid finish in this week's Michelob Ultra Classic at Stonebridge Country Club.
"Stonebridge has got a lot of members, as well as this town does, that supports this tournament and players from around this area, and I'm looking forward to it, hopefully we'll play well," Hill said.
This week's event is just the second professional tournament Hill has played in, and the fact that it's in his hometown makes it all that more special.
"Yeah, you know the golf course real well and just go out and you've got people following you and you just relax, have a good time and enjoy yourself."
But if it wasn't for a feeling that he got while playing the U.S. Mid-Amateur four years ago Hill could've just as easily been a member of the gallery this week.
"I got in the U.S. Mid-Am, it was up at The Homestead in Virginia, just a beautiful, beautiful place. And everything was just so first class that I was like, 'You know what, this is it. This is what I want.'"
Up until that point, Hill had walked away from the game of golf for seven years. "I started (playing) probably when I was eleven and about my senior year of high school I just wasn't interested anymore," Hill explained.
But Hill credits that time away from the game as the reason he's where he is today.
"It was probably good that I quit that early because I probably would've got burnt out and it would've been too late. And I probably would have never got back to it," Hill added.
Dave Hill will tee off at 1:12 pm on Thursday at number ten and will begin his second round on Friday just before 8:30 am on the first tee at the Stonebridge Country Club.
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