ELYRIA — Kevin Scott picked a good day to shoot the best round of his life.
The Wellington junior broke 80 for the first time Tuesday, firing a 4-over 76 to take second at the Division II sectional tournament at Forest Hills and advance to next week’s district.
“It’s just my favorite course,” Scott said. “I always do good when I play there.”
Scott, whose previous best was an 83 he shot Monday at the Edison Invitational at Sawmill Creek in Huron, had one birdie Tuesday and “made a lot of long putts to save par” in his career round.
He said his confidence was high coming into the sectional.
“I felt good about it,” he said. “I had a solid practice round. I thought I could come in and do pretty good.”
Andrew Bowe took first with a 74, leading Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy to a 325 and the team title, as well. Woodridge was second at 332 and Holy Name third at 333.
The top three teams and individuals not on a qualifying team advance to next Tuesday’s district at Windmill Lake in Ravenna. Bay’s Jack Kyle and Norwayne’s C.J. Gadosic shot 79s and also made it as individuals.
Scott has progressed at a fast pace since taking up the sport two years ago.
“The first time I was ever on a golf course was freshman year,” said Scott, who is also a caddie at Elyria Country Club and takes lessons from ECC professional Nick Fox.
It’s been a nice turnaround for Scott, who came into last week’s Patriot Athletic Conference Tournament at Eagle Creek with high hopes only to stumble in with a 97.
“I was trying too hard,” he said. “I just overdid it.”
Of course, maybe it ended up helping him in the long run.
“I focused on my mental game, more than anything,” he said.
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy 325; Woodridge 332; Holy Name 333; Bay 334; Lutheran West 340; Fairview 364; Norwayne 373; Keystone 398; Firelands 406; Black River 409; Northwestern 413; Vermilion 422; Loudonville 427; Elyria Catholic 438; Wellington (incomplete team)
INDIVIDUAL SCORES (local teams only)
LUTHERAN WEST (340, fifth): Nolan Zubin 81, Robert Konstan 85, Keaton Gossman 85, Jacob Brady 89, Eric Myers 90
KEYSTONE (398, eighth): Jacob Bowers 95, Aaron Brodnik 98, Josh McLaughlin 101, Blake Benko 104, Cody Wilson 104
FIRELANDS (406, ninth): Mitch Hildebrandt 89, Brandon Palmer 93, Conner Price 108, Trevor Damron 116, Jared Keats 117
BLACK RIVER (409, 10th): Logan Stretar 92, Austin Thompson 97, Tanner Hawley 99, Ethan Brenner 121, Jeff Li 129
VERMILION (422, 12th): Trevor Keisman 84, Tom Pena 86, Scott Lear 113, Darren Davis 139
ELYRIA CATHOLIC (438, 145th): Brandon Netzel 100, Jacob Ritzic 112, Kyle Horvatich 113, Mitchell Johnson 113, Leo Walsh 125
WELLINGTON (incomplete team): Kevin Scott 76, Andrew Fahler 96, Jeremy Alspach 100