Scott Dominates State Golf Tournament
Kade Scott is a quiet, respectful young man, but his performance on the golf course is enough to frighten even the hardiest of competitors.
Scott, a junior at Rector High School, added another accolade to his growing list of achievements by winning the 2A State Golf Tournament this past Wednesday at Thunder Bayou in Blytheville. Scott fired a 72 for the day, winning the state championship by six strokes.
Scott was able to build a lead through the course's first nine holes, finishing four under par for the first half of the day. He was the only participant out of 70 high school golfers under par for the front nine, which held fast as he finished four over on the back nine to end the day with a par 72.
"I felt like on the back nine I kind of laid back and played with the others," Scott said. "On the front nine, I wasn't thinking about anything except the shot I was taking right then. On the back nine, that changed a little. I don't feel like I finished strong."
Scott's title marks only the second varsity state championship for the school.
"It really hasn't hit me yet," he said of winning the 2A crown. "I can't believe it. I know I did it, but it almost doesn't seem real. It felt like a regular tournament I was in. I'm proud to give Rector a state title in golf. That's never been done before."
Scott will now have the opportunity to play alongside the other six state champions in the overall state tournament beginning Thursday at Pleasant Valley in Little Rock. The top three from each state class will compete in a field of 21 for the overall crown. Scott's tee-time is set for 9 a.m. Thursday
"I'm looking forward to it," the 16-year-old son of Mike and Penny Scott of Rector said. "I think it'll be fun. It's a good opportunity for me as a golfer to have the chance to play with the best players in the state."
"We're very proud of Kade," RHS principal and former golf coach Wade Williams said. "He's a very gifted player and an all-around good young man. I've thought he was one of the best high school golfers in the state since he was a freshman and he's shown that he is as talented as they come by winning the state championship. He's a great ambassador for the game of golf and for our school and community."