Scott headed to State Am
June’s been a pretty good month for Scott Case.
Two weeks ago, he graduated from Park City High School and Monday he quailified for the Utah State Amateur golf tournament at Mountain Dell Golf Course.
With a South Central regional qualifier scheduled on Friday at the Park City Golf Club and a few others around the state, Case will likely be joined by other Parkites at the state’s oldest golf tournament, but Case is pretty excited to be a part of the tournament at a relatively young age.
"I wanted it," Case said. "I’m excited I did it."
Case said it was just one of those near perfect days on the links. Although, he has only played at the Mountain Dell course a handful of times, he finished with a 75. To achieve that, he had 16 pars and only struggled on holes six and 14.
"I was hitting and putting the ball well," Case said.
This is the second year that Case has tried to qualify for the State Am. He tried last year, but says that he needed a little bit more experience and confidence under his belt. Besides the Park City High School season, Case tries to play tournament golf as much as possible to keep both his skills and mental toughness sharp. This past week he was at both Soldier Hollow and a course in Wyoming for tournament play. He says all this competition has helped him to keep his nerves at bay, but he is waiting to see what happens when he goes against the state’s best in July. Right now, he just excited to rub elbows with some of the top players.
"I’m more excited about playing with really good golfers," Case said.
Case has been playing golf for 10 years. His dad played the game and Case quickly picked it up from watching him. Since then, he has thrown himself into practicing and playing as much as he can. With the harsh Park City winters, he says there’s an extra challenge to keep up with other golfers in the state. He doesn’t need a crowd. He usually wanders over to Jeremy Ranch by himself and sometimes brings former prep teammate Sam Bell.
He is also keeping everything in perspective. Just qualifying was nice, but he isn’t going to start bragging anytime soon. He is well aware of what could happen when he tees off on the state’s biggest stage.
"It’s not too much of a big deal until I get to the next step," Case said.
The Utah State Amateur will take place at Thanksgiving Point Golf Course July 11-15. For more information and a complete listing of qualifiers, visit http://www.uga.org.
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Arlene Loble served as the Park City manager in the 1980s, a pivotal period that prepared the community for the boom years that would follow in the 1990s. Loble, who recently died, is credited with introducing a level of professionalism to the municipal government that was needed amid the growth challenges.