Crediting timely success as the key, a humble local golfer has once again secured a prestigious honor that has become synonymous with her name.
The Tennessee Golf Association recently named Maggie Scott the Women’s Senior Player of the Year for the 11th time since the award began in 2000.
“I didn’t get to play as much this year (2013) as I have in the past, but I played good at the right time,” remarked the retired Bradley County school teacher.
Playing in key events on both the state and national levels, Scott’s best finish of the season came at the Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur Championship at Ridgeway Country Club in Memphis.
Holding just a one-stroke lead going into the third round, Scott was able to seal the victory with an even par 72 on the final 18 holes, giving her a four-stroke margin over defending champion Jean Roise of Crossville.
“It was one of those days that it was fun to play,” she said after the victory in October. “I won my first (Senior Amateur) at the Colonial (Country Club) in Memphis, so to be able to win this one back over there is special. It brought back memories from my first one (2001).”
Scott fired a 54-hole 231 total to capture her ninth Connie Day Trophy in 14 years and her 10th Tennessee Golf Association win overall as she claimed the Women’s Amateur title in 1994 as well.
The victory moved her ahead of longtime friend and competitor Betty Probasco of Chattanooga, who holds nine TGA titles.
“It’s always an honor to have your name mentioned beside Betty’s,” declared Scott. “There’s a difference between our wins though. I have nine senior titles and one state (amateur), while Betty has eight state amateur titles and one senior.”
Probasco set the bar at nine amateur state titles — eight Women’s Amateur championship victories across four decades and one Women’s Senior Amateur in 1980, in which she defeated Scott in the final. “She (Probasco) had me down seven strokes after seven holes in that final before beating me in 16 holes,” Scott related.
Scott claimed Women’s Senior Amateur in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010, plus won the Women’s Amateur title 1994 by defeating Ashley Price at the Johnson City Country Club. Scott also made the Women’s State Am finals in 1999, but fell to Shelby Anderson in Memphis.
Since 2001, Scott’s string of Women’s Senior Player of the Year awards have only been interrupted twice — in 2007 by Chattanooga’s Georgia McCravey and in 2012 by Roise.
Scott was chosen to represent Tennessee in this year’s Southern Women’s Amateur Team Championship. Along with fellow Cleveland legend Linda Mullins, who served as team captain, and Women’s Amateur Player of the Year Corrina Rees, a former University of Arkansas standout that now lives in Nashville, Team Tennessee finish fourth at the event.
Both members of the Cleveland Country Club, Scott and Mullins have dominated the local ladies golfing scene having combined to win the last 38 Women’s City Championships.