“It was one of those days that it was fun to play,” the retired Bradley County school teacher said of her even-par 72 in Wednesday’s final round. “I won my first my first (Senior Amateur) at the Colonial (Country Club) in Memphis, so to be able to win this one back over there (Germantown) 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 by four strokes. It was her 10th Tennessee Golf Association win overall as she claimed the Women’s Amateur title in 1994 as well.
Claiming the Women's Senior Amateur trophy named after her mentor and friend, Connie Day, was special to Scott as Day was instrumental in getting Scott involved in state competitions. Scott first competed in the Women's Amateur in 1974 hosted at old Richland Country Club at the urging of Day.
"I never thought I was good enough to play in the state tournaments back then, but Connie (Day) told me I could. It means a whole bunch to me to have 10 (TGA titles). I've been hanging on nine for a while now, and I was hoping to get to 10," commented Scott.
Fellow Cleveland Country Club members Linda Mullins and Lisa Daubner had Top 15 finishes in the 35th annual TGA event.
Polk County High School linksters Ryan Droke and Emily Massengill wrapped up play in the TSSAA Class A-AA Golf Championships Wednesday as well.
After being the only player to break 80 in the opening round with a 78, Scott slipped a little with an 81 in her second 18 holes, but was in top form for the final round countering four bogeys with the same amount of birdies for the even par round.
Scott opened Wednesday’s play with a par, but then bogeyed No. 2 before stringing together three more pars before catching fire with her four birdies in a six-hole stretch. Showing her versatility, she birdied the Ridgeway Country Club’s two shortest holes, as well as the two longest par 5s.
Settling at 3-under after the first 11 holes, Scott finished her round with four pars and a trio of bogeys to capture another title.
“I only missed one fairway and five greens all day, so that’s pretty good for me,” Scott related. “I bought a new set of irons three weeks ago and have been hitting them pretty good. I trusted myself. I kept my mind straight and didn’t second guess myself on my club and shot selection. I had a good day.”
While Scott entered Wednesday’s final round just a stroke ahead of Brentwood’s Lynda Wimberly, it was 2012 champion Jean Roise from Crossville who came out of nowhere to capture the runner-up spot. Roise fired an opening round 87, but then came back with low-medalist rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday with a 77 and a 1-under 71 on the final 18 for a 235, while Wimberly finished at 81-79-79 — 239 for third place.
“She’s (Roise) getting married this Saturday, plus they had their club championship last Sunday so she didn’t get to have a practice round like the rest of us,” Scott explained. “This (Ridgeway) is a tough course to just walk on an play in a tournament like this.”
Scott was recently named to the Tennessee Team for the annual Southeastern Women's Amateur Team Championship to be held Oct. 21-23 at River Landing in Wallace, N.C.
Chattanooga’s Georgia McCravey, who won Senior Am titles in 2009 and 2011, finished fourth with a 241 total.
Mullins, who was tied for second after an opening round 81, slipped into a tie for eighth with an 89 on Tuesday, but rallied for another 81 Wednesday to claim seventh place outright witha 251.
After struggling out of the gate with a 98 Monday, Daubner bounced back strong with a 6-over-par 78 on the second 18 holes to move up the leaderboard. The local physician finished the event with an 87 Wednesday for a 263 total, putting her in 15th place, not bad considering she was tied for 34th after the first round.
Playing in his first TSSAA state tournament, Droke improved his score by four strokes on Wednesday with an 88 on the tough WillowBrook Golf Club course in Manchester. The Wildcat junior carded a 92 in Tuesday’s opening round.
Massengill, who played in her second straight TSSAA championship event to wrap up her Lady Wildcat career, finished with a 103-105 — 208 tally.
Cleveland High’s Heidi Barringer and Kyle Limburg from Walker Valley will be traveling to Manchester at the first of next week for the TSSAA Class AAA State Championship event.