Too bad for it to be difficult to follow a low lap with another good score.
Jake Scott of Strongsville, OH., Proved it on Tuesday. A day after shooting an Under-6 65, Scott went even lower on Tuesday, shooting a dazzling Under-10 61 to clinch a four-stroke victory in Event # 1 of the PGA Tournament Series at the PGA Golf Club.
Scott started the final round with a two-stroke lead and landed nine birdies, an eagle and a bogey on the Ryder course par 71 – shooting nines on 31 and 30 – to finish 16 under 126 and four strokes ahead. on Tyler Collet of John’s Island Club in Vero Beach.
“When you’re riding with some momentum in a heat, it can be difficult to follow a low score,” Scott said. “But the last few months I’ve been playing better golf. I’m just focusing on the fairways and greens, and that frees you up to suddenly have an all-out day.
“That’s what happened today. I think I only had 22 or 23 putts. I hit two par 5s in half and narrowly missed the other two par-5s. I just didn’t make any mistakes and the putter got hot.
Scott has had some success at the PGA Golf Club before, winning the 2012 PGA National Assistant Professional Car Rental Championship. He has been on mini-tours before that and has also competed in the Korn Ferry Tour, PGA Tour Canada and the Tour form over the past eight years.
Due to COVID-19, Scott, 34, has had few opportunities to play in the past two years. He returned to the North Ohio section to teach and now helps run a business called Pinsettergolf.com.
“I really like these three courses here,” Scott said of the PGA Golf Club. “If you strategize and don’t make mistakes, you can get low scores. “
Collet, who qualified for this year’s PGA Championship, shot a 63 bogey-less on Tuesday to finish 12 under – a score that typically wins these events. But like the rest of the peloton, Collet was playing for second place in perfect weather conditions.
Ben Kern of Round Rock, Texas, tied Collet’s 63 to tie for third with Bob Sowards (64) of Dublin, OH., 10-under 132. Stephanie Connelly-Eisworth of Fleming Island, Fla., also shot a 63 and tied for fifth place with Omar Uresti (65) of Austin, Texas, and Dakun Chang (66) of North Palm Beach.
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