Steve Scott Wins the 2018 Carolinas PGA Professional Championship
August 29, 2018
(Hilton Head Island, SC) – The 2018 Carolinas PGA Professional Championship is complete, here at Sea Pines Resort. Players competed for the title on a gorgeous day at Harbour Town Golf Links and there was plenty of nail-biting competition among everyone.
Coming out victorious in this prestigious event is Steve Scott who finished his 54-holes at 2-under par. Scott, from The Outpost Club, was not far from the top of the leaderboard after the first and second rounds of play. He fought hard through the tough conditions yesterday and proceeded to hold steady in today’s final round, shooting +1 to hold him above the rest of the field. “I tried to bogey myself to death in the last few holes but I made enough birdies to offset it and it worked out,” said Scott, when reflecting on his round. “The shot that really put me over the edge was on the 17th hole. I hit an 8-iron from 172 to about 6 inches; that really helped.”
Scott qualified for the RBC Heritage tournament in the first round of the CPGA Head Professional Championship back in March. Having competed in the RBC Heritage on this exact course in April provided him a huge advantage to the rest of the field. “There are a lot of angles you have to figure out, so it was beneficial to have played this course a couple times.”
During this event, all competitors were vying for one of the nine spots to qualify for the 51st PGA Professional Championship to be held in the Carolinas Section at Belfair in Bluffton, SC, April 28 – May 1, 2019. There are four players that tied for second and barely missed Scott, shooting 1-under for their 54-holes. Jerry Haas, head golf coach at Wake Forest University, shot the second lowest 18-hole score of the tournament, 4-under, to advance himself up to this position. Also tied with Haas is John Thompson of Carolina Lakes Golf Club who shot 2-under today. Matt Bova of Secession Golf Club and Cory Schneider from the Pointe Golf Club were the other two competitors to tie for second and round out the top five qualifiers for the PGA Professional Championship. Neal Lancaster finished in that sixth spot at even-par. Rohan Allwood claimed the seventh spot, finishing at 1-over. Three players tied for eighth, leading to a playoff to determine the eighth and ninth spots. Matt Vick birdied the first playoff hole to claim the eighth spot followed by Drew Bateman making a par on the second hole to round out our qualifiers. Congratulations to all qualifiers!
Another big “congratulations” to Steve Scott for his victory. “I really have to thank The Outpost Club. They gave me the opportunity to be a mobile golf professional and allows my family to be close to more family. I have never been happier and it has meant a lot to me.”
“I love competing, it’s in my blood,” says Scott. “It means a lot to be able to compete here and to play well and beat a great field on a world-class golf course!”
Congratulations once again to all of our closest-to-the-hole winners this week for their great shots!
The Carolinas PGA staff could not be more thankful for all of Sea Pines Resort for the generosity and hospitality. Cary Corbitt, John Farrell and their entire staff could not have been more accommodating with volunteers, food & beverage, golf staff, and support during our weather issues during the second round. Overall, the three days were wonderful and we thank them tremendously!
The 2018 Carolinas PGA Professional Championship is an official Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year Award Presented by OMEGA points event. Additionally, PGA Professionals' scores count toward the CPGA Johnny Palmer Trophy Presented by True Temper.