Scott maintains freshman form with Golden Isles victory
Eli Scott with his Atlanta Open trophy (Georgia PGA/Twitter photo)
Eli Scott with his Atlanta Open trophy (Georgia PGA/Twitter photo)

After three days at Brunswick (Ga.) Country Club, a local went home with the Golden Isles Invitational title. Eli Scott, a rising sophomore at Coastal Georgia College in Brunswick, went 21 under par for a four-shot victory on Josh Williams.

Scott, a native of Hartwell, Ga., led the field with a remarkable 24 birdies in 54 holes. He set the pace from the start, opening with an 8-under 64 that was at least two shots better than any other player. He followed with 68 in Round 2, then closed with 63, the lowest score of any player all week.

Scott won once in 11 events during his freshman season and had six-other top-10 finishes, which included two runners-up, a third and a fourth. He was named all-conference and voted to the GCAA All-Freshman Team.

The Golden Isles title comes on the heels of the Atlanta Open title, which Scott won last month in a field loaded with professionals. He finished one shot ahead of four men tied for second.

“Definitely my ball striking is the best it’s ever been,” Scott told The Brunswick News after the second round. “[Thursday] was one of the best too. The putts I needed to make fell in, and I just gave myself good looks.”

Josh Williams had rounds of 67-66-66 to finish the week. Rusty Mosley was next at 15 under and Jake Maples, a rising senior at Georgia Southern, was fourth another shot back.

Thomas Hogan, who won this event in 2017 and is about to be a sophomore at Ole Miss, rounded out the top 5.

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ABOUT THE Golden Isles Invitational

The Golden Isles Invitational dates back to 1949. That year, 'Dynamite' Goodloe claimed the inaugural championship - marking the beginning of a long-standing tradition at Brunswick Country Club. Through the years, this event has gained notoriety and popularity and continues to attract players of all ages and ability levels.

The Golden Isles Invitational is traditionally played over the July 4th holiday week and many players and their families travel to Brunswick and St. Simons to enjoy the golf, the beach and the celebration of our nation's independence. Invitations are mailed out the first week of May.

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