TRAVERSE CITY — Alex Scott’s scores keep dropping and dropping.
Scott, Traverse City West’s No.1 golfer in each of the first four tournaments this year, shot a 3-under-par 69 on The Wolverine course at the Grand Traverse Resort to earn medalist honors on Friday on the first day of the Traverse City Central Tee-Off Invitational.
“Definitely the bright spot for the program right now,” said West head coach Mike Schultz. “He’s playing really, really good golf.”
Even with Scott carding the low score of the day, West finds itself in 10th place out of Division 1 schools heading into the final day of the tournament. The Titans had a score of 332, which put them 30 strokes behind leader Muskegon Mona Shores. Swartz Creek is second with a 306, Detroit U-D Jesuit came in with a 311 and Grosse Pointe South and Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central tied fourth with 316s.
Traverse City Central is 12th with a 355.
Matt Orwig and Jacob Martin both shot 83 for West, while Sam Schriber and Sawyer Robinson each had a 97. But the story for the Titans was Scott, who started the year with a round of 76 and has shot lower scores every time out since then.
“He’s a really dedicated athlete. Was the point guard for the basketball team, an exceptional player there. Just puts in all the time you need to. I think his offseason workout stuff has really helped his game. We’ve only played four tournaments. His scoring average just keeps dropping. It’s kind of fun to watch,” said Schultz.
Central was led by Abe Lewis, who carded an 82. Danny Brott followed with an 88, Derek Schrank had an 89 and Jordan Bultsma a 96.
“They need to stop swinging so hard and looking up so quickly. That’s the big thing with young players,” said Central coach Dave McMellen.