Scott Signs to Play at Crowley's Ridge College
With back-to-back state 2A golf championships already under his belt, Rector Cougar standout Kade Scott took the next step in his career on Thursday, Jan. 28, as he signed a letter of intent to attend Crowley's Ridge College. This fall Scott will be a member of the Pioneer's golf team, in only the second year of the program's existence.
"Kade's not a good kid, he's one of the best kids," Rector Cougar golf coach Matt Mills noted of the signing. "They're getting a high quality kid and a high quality golfer at the same time."
Scott, the son of Penny and Mike Scott, is no stranger to the course as he has been accompanying his father to play golf since he was three. But, in the past few years the talented young man has come into his own, blazing to a six stroke win in the 2A state tourney in 2014 and then holding-on down the stretch in the 2015 tourney, to take the title by a stroke.
He also had a 2A-3 district title to his credit, and a runner-up finish last fall.
Flanked by his parents, Mills, RHS principal Wade Williams and CRC golf coach Brenden Camp, Scott put his name on the dotted line on Thursday, as he prepares for the next challenge.
"I'm looking forward to playing at CRC, and it's close to home and that was one of the things that I took into consideration," Scott said of his choice. "Plus, it will give me the chance to play a lot of the courses that I'm already familiar with."
For the talented RHS senior, getting back onto the golf course for a college team is a dream come true.
"I can't wait to get back out there, playing golf at the collegiate level has always been one of my dreams," he added.
He joins a program which is still in its infancy, and will be competing in the NCCAA (National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association) but will also see competition from NCAA D2 and D3 and NAIA schools.
Coach Camp is a Jonesboro native, and former baseball and golf standout at Nettleton. He attended college at Lyon College, in Batesville.
"We try to recruit the best golfers we can from around the area, and people kept telling me that I needed to call this guy," noted Camp of his talented prospect. "Last fall was our first year, so he'll come aboard for our second season. And, it's already looking better, I've already signed a few guys that will help us out."
According to the CRC website, in addition to Scott the Pioneers have signed two Jonesboro High School players, and another from Union City, Tenn.
In looking back on the years he had the opportunity to "coach" Scott, Mills notes his role was a small one.
"It has been a lot of fun, I've gotten a lot of undeserved credit," Mills offered with a laugh. "But, it has been a joy just watching him do what he's best at. And, it's also fun watching him play because the longer he's out on the course the more the crowd gathers to watch him. It's been really exciting."
Needless to say, Scott has left his mark at Rector High School and as far as the future is concerned, the sky is the limit. "Just to be able to take my game to that next level is going to be great," he surmised.
Additional information about Crowley's Ridge College, including a link to the golf team page, may be found online at www.crc.edu