2005: International - Scott rolls at Canadian Am
Baddeck, Nova Scotia
Earlier this year, Richard Scott helped the Georgia Bulldogs to the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship. Now, Scott has a 2005 individual national championship to go with it.
Scott defeated Jay Snyder, 10 and 8, Aug. 19 at Bell Bay Golf Club to capture his second Canadian Men’s Amateur. Scott, of Kingsville, Ontario, won the 2003 Canadian Amateur at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.
Scott will return to Shaughnessy G&CC in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sept. 8-11, as he and Snyder earned exemptions into the PGA Tour’s Bell Canadian Open. Shaughnessy is Snyder’s home course.
Scott, 21, scored one of the most convincing victories in the 101-year history of the Canadian Men’s Amateur. George S. Lyon won 12 and 11 in 1898 and 1905, and C. Ross Somerville was an 11-and-10 winner in 1930.
Scott, who had fellow Canadian national team member James Lepp as his caddie, led 4 up through the first 18 holes. He increased the lead to 6 up with chip-ins for birdies on the 20th and 22nd holes and sealed the match with a birdie on the 28th hole.
“It’s always special to win a national championship and to win my second is just an incredible feeling,” Scott said. “I played really well this afternoon, had a couple of lucky shots, lucky chip-ins. . . . I knew if I was under par it would definitely make it tough for Jay to beat me.”
Though Snyder was disappointed with the loss, his silver lining will come in a couple weeks.
“I’ve got to be happy with how I played this week,” said the 20-year-old Snyder, a member of the University of Oregon golf team. “If I wasn’t playing, I would have been away at school and probably wouldn’t have been able to get home to watch (the Canadian Open). Now I’ll have the best seat in the house.”
In the semifinals, Scott defeated 2005 Canadian Junior champion Mitchell Fox, 3 and 2. Snyder defeated Matt Hill, 2 and 1.
The victory also gives Scott’s home club – Kingsville Golf Club in Ontario – bragging rights for amateur golf supremacy in Canada. On Aug. 12, fellow Kingsville member Laura Matthews won the Canadian Women’s Amateur.