By SEAN FAWCETT
Correspondent
If you’re talking great high school golf in South Jersey, the name Drue Nicholas is bound to come up a time or two — or three, or four, and more and more. The Atlantic City Press’ Top Golfer of the year a year ago after a stellar freshman campaign, the St. Augustine Prep standout sophomore kept the ball rolling, and right into the hole, leading coach Len Dolson’s Hermits, 17-1 in 2017, to an equally impressive 15-1 season while winning the Galloway Invitational for the second straight year and winning the Cape Atlantic League Individual Championship and raising his New Jersey state ranking all the way to No. 4.
A CAL All-Star, Nicholas, of Egg Harbor Township — who calls Galloway National Golf Club home — is, simply, one of the very best and most talented golfers ever to play CAL and South Jersey golf, where a historic high school golfing tradition already exists.

St. Augustine Prep sophomore Drue Nicholas won the Cape-Atlantic League individual tournament this spring with a 1-under 71 at McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links in Egg Harbor Township. (Glory Days Magazine photo/Dave O’Sullivan)


Some of the more incredible highlights for Nicholas, the Glory Days Magazine Boys Golfer of the Year, this season included a wild 6-under-par, eagle, eagle, birdie, par, birdie finish at McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links to win the CAL Individual title and a terrific 1-under-par 71, and one-hole playoff Galloway Invitational triumph while helping him and his teammates to better rival Bergen Catholic 315-320 for the group team title. The Galloway Invitational team victory was even sweeter for Nicholas and his teammates, Johnathan Prussel, Mike Delong and Tyler Booth, because it avenged an earlier loss to the Crusaders at the Garden State Cup.
The back-to-back eagles at the CAL Championship turned around a mediocre round for Nicholas and was the first time that Drue, who scored his first hole-in-one during the season, made two eagles in a single round.
“The Galloway Invitational win was great because of the team,” said Nicholas. “It meant a lot to win for me, and for the second time, but it really meant a lot more because the team won, too, and especially after losing to (Bergen Catholic) at Garden State Cup right before.
“The finish at CAL was something I’ve never done before,” said Nicholas. “Back-to-back eagles was crazy. Going 6-under over the final five holes was incredible.”
A scratch, or near-scratch, golfer at just 16 years of age, Nicholas, who has ambitions to play competitive collegiate golf in two years, is looking forward to strong summer of junior golf with an eye on improving to the top of the New Jersey state rankings in 2019 and, possibly, leading St. Augustine to a NJSIAA state championship.
“2018 was a lot of fun, but I know I can do better and that’s my goal for next year,” said Nicholas. “I think 2019 will be a great year.”