CDO's Ka'Deem Carey, left, has committed to bringing his breakaway speed to the UA, but recently took a visit to ASU. DEIRDRE HAMILL / THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC

CDO running back Ka'Deem Carey, who has been committed to the UA since June, recently took an unofficial visit to ASU.

Carey said he remains committed to Arizona but wanted to look around.

"You just wanna go out there and see what's out there," Carey said. "I looked into ASU, went to one of their games. It's just to see what's out there. You never want to feel like you're stuck."

The senior running back is the only four-star recruit committed to the Wildcats, according to The other 14 future Wildcats are rated at three stars or lower.

CDO senior golfer boring and perfectly imperfect  

Gentry Hicks wanted to play perfect golf. Hicks, a senior at Canyon del Oro, was coming off a standout sophomore season for the Dorados and had also excelled the summer after in several tournaments.

Everything was in line for him to have a breakout junior season. Hicks wanted to keep the momentum going, get his name out there and eventually hook up with a top-notch collegiate golf program.

Instead, Hicks, the son of former UA baseball player Maury Hicks, learned everything does not always go as planned.

"It was really frustrating," Hicks said. "I had very high standards set, and I was trying to play perfect. I would go out and practice every day, and then it just didn't translate when I would go play in tournaments. It just wasn't happening for me."

Hicks still had a fine junior season, but it wasn't up to his standards, he said. That continued this past summer when Hicks still couldn't work out of his troubles.

"He didn't have the junior season he was expecting, and then for him, he had a horrible summer," CDO coach John Fairbarik said.

After the summer, Hicks made a major change.

He started playing "boring golf." With a lot of distance off the tee, Hicks used to take a lot of chances in his game and try to always make the perfect shot.

No more.

"When you hit the ball long, you can take a lot more chances," Hicks said. "Last year, I would take those chances. This year, I've taken it back a bit. It's the boring golf. You're taking conservative routes to the hole. It's more predictable."

It's also working.

Hicks is believed to be the only golfer in Arizona to have won multiple invitational titles this season. He captured the London Bridge Invitational in Lake Havasu in September, then won the Desert Edge Scorpion Classic in the Valley in early October.

He almost won a third title last weekend at the Dobson Ranch Invitational in Mesa but lost a scorecard tiebreaker playoff.

"I think the biggest thing is I've matured a little bit," said Hicks, who wants to play in college and has been talking to coaches from Nebraska and Denver. "I've accepted the fact that I'm not going to play perfect golf. I've gotten better at accepting bogeys and stuff.

"I know I can come back from the little hardships through the round."

Bermudez shines

Dominic Bermudez, a Palo Verde graduate and a freshman at Northern Arizona, recently won his first collegiate tournament.

Bermudez topped Steven Young of Air Force 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 in the championship match of the New Mexico Balloon Fiesta Invitational on Sunday. He won five singles matches in three days to take the title.

He also joined NAU junior Ben Lantz in the doubles final but came up short 8-2 to a duo from New Mexico.

Contact high school sports coordinator Daniel Berk at 573-4330 or Arizona Daily Star reporter Michael J. Craven contributed to this report