Scott revels in breakthrough year

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Bury St Edmunds golfer James Scott’s outstanding achievements in 2014 could pave the way for a place in the Suffolk county team this year.

The 22-year-old had a breakthrough year winning three of the four major events held by Bury St Edmunds Golf Club, including the Club Championship in style.

Scott lifted the Lake Cup and Scratch Trophy, as well as the Watson Quaich alongside partner Terry Hamill during a memorable 2014.

“Winning the Club Championship was my best achievement of the year,” said Scott. “I was tied in the lead at the start of the final morning and played a great round.

“I birdied the last hole in the afternoon to win the championship by two shots.”

The rising star currently plays off a handicap of 2.5, but is expecting to see that reduced to 2 this year.

“My dad used to play and he taught me to play when I was around nine or 10 years old,” explained Scott. “I like the competitiveness of golf and it’s a good game to play as well as for the social aspect of it all.”

Bury St Edmunds Golf Club professional Mark Jillings now expects Scott to push on even further in 2015, with a call-up to the county team potentially on the cards.

“He’s had a great year and there had been potential in James for quite some time,” said Jillings.

“All he had to do was put it together, which is what he did last year.

“The next target for him should be to make the county team, and he will have to play more good golf this year to make it.

“The Suffolk Amateur Championship is coming up and he’ll have to try and win that to get a chance.”