Come on, Sandy! Show them what you can do
in final Las Vegas round!
By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Sad to say that Sandy Scott from Nairn, a freshman student at Texas Tech, has not so far grabbed the first-team chance he was given in this week's Southern Highlands Collegiate at Southern Highlands Golf Club, Las Vegas in Nevada.
Sandy was promoted after being fielded as an individual, i.e. his scores did not count for the Texas Tech team, in the last college competition, and outscoring all five players who had been chosen for the team.
Sandy's rounds so far in the "Southern Highlands" are disappointing, to say the least. We, back home in Scotland, know Scott is a very good player - but, for whatever reason, he is not producing the goods on the American college circuit.
He has shot 74 and 78 for 152, eight over par, for the first two rounds and is T53 in the field of 81 players. The four other members of the Texas Tech team have all scored better than young Sandy and, despite Scott's performance, Texas Tech (580) are placed fifth on 580 (Southern Cal lead with 569; Stanford and Oklahoma State joint second on 575) and could yet make the top two or three.
Am I being hard on Scott? Probably. But I know from his scores in open competition in Scotland that he is playing well below his potential.
The world No 1 amateur, Maverick McNealy (Stanford) is playing in this event. He is lying joint third, three behind the leader with a round to go.
Go, Sandy! Go!
SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS LEADERBOARD
Par 144 (2x72). Length 7,374yd.
137 Collin Morikawa (California) 66 71.
138 Justin Suh (Southern California) 70 69.
140 Maverick McNealy (Stanford) 67 73, Kristoffer Ventura (Oklahoma State) 73 657.
152 Sandy Scott (Texas Tech) 74 78 (T53)
Field of 81 players.
569 Southern California
575 Stanford, Oklahoma State
580 Texas Tech.
Field of 15 teams.
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