Scott Shines Among State's Best
Kade Scott just keeps adding his name to the Rector High School record book. The junior golfer captured the school's first golf state title on Oct. 8--just the second varsity state championship won by the school--and on Oct. 16, joined the top 21 student players in the Arkansas State Golf Association High School Overall Championship at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock. Scott joined the best high school golfers in Class A through 7A, three from each classification, at one of the state's most challenging courses.
Though unfamiliar with the course, Scott finished the afternoon with an 82 and was 11th in the field of 21. He struggled some in the early-going, posting three double-bogies on the front nine, shooting 44 through nine holes. Kade, whose talent is matched by his cool demeanor on the course, stayed focused and shot a 38 on the back nine.
His best hole came on number 18.
"I threw a dart to about two feet (from the cup) and ended up making a birdie to finish the day," Scott said.
Scott says the chance to face the best of the best at Pleasant Valley was something he'll always remember.
"It feels good to be able to be a part of something like that," Scott said. "No doubt it was a challenging course. It was a real good experience."
Following an invitation to be one of two high school players to represent Arkansas in the Down Under sports tournaments in Australia this summer, an individual state championship and a trip to the overall state championship, Scott still refuses to let his success go to his head.
"I just like playing and want to do the best I can," he said. "I really don't think about it much beyond that."
Having achieved so much in just his junior season, Scott has the opportunity to do even more during his time as a member of the RHS golf team.
"Last year, I shot a nine on the 17th hole to finish fourth in state (one position below qualifying for the overall event)," Scott said. "I told Mr. Williams (RHS golf instructor and principal) I would win it next year. This year, I told him 'There's next year,' after the state overall."
Scott says he received much support from fellow students and the entire community during his efforts and wishes to thank everyone for their support.
"I think the whole town was behind me," he said with a chuckle. "It made me feel good and I appreciate everyone for their support."