Scott Locks-In Spot at State
Junior Kade Scott of Rector emerged as the individual medalist in the boys' 2A-2 District Golf Tournament at Turkey Mountain Golf Course in Horseshoe Bend Monday. Scott fired a 77 on the par 74 course to lead all individual players on the day. Scott's win qualifies the talented golfer for the 2A state tournament at Thunder Bayou in Blytheville on Oct. 8.
Scott said the hills of the course helped make it a challenging day of golf.
"It was definitely a challenge," Scott said. "I'm a 'flatlander' playing over here, and then having to go over there and play where there are hills everywhere made it more difficult, but also kind of fun."
Scott overcame some adversity at times to have the best day in the boys' division. The first ball he hit on the course went into the water. While that may have derailed some players for the remainder of the day, the easy-going young man from Rector quickly put it behind him and went about his business.
"The next hole, I put it about four inches from the hole and birdied it," Scott said. "I just try to think about the shot I'm taking at that time. Then, I let the rest fall into place. I know every situation I get into God can get me out of it."
Scott says he was pulling his shots early, sailing to the left on the first five holes, but was able to bounce back, including a nice 15-foot putt for birdie on the eighth hole and a nice fairway shot which led to birdie on the par five 12th hole.
Scott has earned many accolades for his golf skills, going back to the earliest stages of youth competition. This summer, the 16-year-old son of Mike and Penny Scott was one of two young players from Arkansas to join others from around the country in the Down Under Sports Golf Tournament in Australia. He took part in five tournaments on some of the most beautiful courses in the world.
"It was a lot of fun, playing in Australia," Scott said. "It was a great opportunity to visit there and have the chance to play those courses I might not have ever even seen otherwise."
As a group, Scott and Rector teammates Lawson Ford and Landon Crancer finished the at 313, finishing fourth in the team competition. BIC (255) and Salem (297), earned the state-qualifying top finishes in the event, followed by Riverside (306) at third, Rector at fourth, fifth place Marmaduke (315) and CRA and Tuckerman, sixth and seventh, respectively.
Marmaduke's Cody Ails qualified for individual play at the state tourney with a 94. Marmaduke's Alex Richey qualified for the state tourney in girls' play, shooting a 52.