PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Jake Scott won the PGA Assistant Championship in style Sunday, nearly setting a record in the process.
The 25-year-old Scott, a PGA apprentice at Elyria Country Club, closed with a 2-under 70 for a seven-stroke victory that was just one short of the largest margin of victory in tournament history. That was by three-time champion Kyle Flinton in 2005.
Scott, who has been an assistant at ECC the last two years after previously serving at the club as a shop assistant, had a 17-under 271 total at PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker Course.
He earned $9,000 and a spot next summer in the PGA Professional National Championship at Sunriver in Oregon.
“I knew that I couldn’t let up, no matter what kind of lead I had,” Scott said. “The players here are just too good. In the middle of the front nine I made three birdies in a row and got rolling with the putter, which carried me through the rest of the round.”
First-round leader Ryan Vermeer finished second, shooting a 73. The 34-year-old Vermeer is a PGA apprentice at Oak Hills Country Club in Omaha, Neb.
“You never really feel comfortable about winning a championship like this until the final putt drops,” said Scott, who was making his debut in the tournament and played the course for the first time Tuesday. “I had a few wild shots in the middle of the round, but was able to right the ship and stick to my game plan of being aggressive and it paid off.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.