Bishop England rising senior Austin Scott won the 61st S.C. Golf Association Junior Championship last week at the Country Club of Lexington.
Scott outlasted Hilton Head Prep’s J.T. Herman in a two-hole playoff to earn the biggest individual victory of his young career.
“It means a lot, definitely. My first big SCGA win so I’m really excited,” Scott said. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet.”
The opening round of the tournament was washed out by weather, leaving 36 holes to decide the championship. Scott birdied seven of the final 11 holes of the first 18 to finish the opening day tied with Wren’s Brandon Master with a 1-stroke lead at 5-under par.
Scott recovered from a pair of bogeys on the second and third holes of the final round with a birdie on seven and an eagle on eight to finish even. Masters slipped with six bogeys, while Herman charged ahead birding six of the final 13 holes to shoot a 3-under 69 that pulled him even with Scott, forcing a two-man playoff.
“I started out a little shaky and then I hit a really good birdie on 7, the par 5, and then got to 8 and just hit it high and watched it trickle in. It was awesome,” Scott said. “Back nine was good. I just wasn’t making anything all day but it’s all right. It was a good day.”
Slow play from the inclement weather left Scott and Herman battling dwindling daylight. Both parred the first hole. Herman lost his tee shot on the second hole, leading to a 1-stroke penalty that sent him back to the tee. Scott landed in the fairway, then put his second shot on the green 20 feet from the pin. He landed in the hole two putts later to end the playoff and seize the tournament championship.
“It was tough,” Scott said. “But it was a good battle.”
Class AAAAA state runner-up Drayton Stewart of James Island finished tied for seventh. The Clemson signee followed and opening-round 71 with a 72 in the second, weighed down by a double bogey on 16. AAAAA champion Zach Reuland of Rock Hill finished tied for fourth.
Wando’s Austin Mosher finished tied for 13th at 2-over, shooting 73 in both rounds. Palmetto Christian’s Andrew Propes finished tied for 18th at 4-over. First Baptist rising sophomore Zach Adams landed tied for 30th at 6-over.