Scott earns place in elite amateur squad

NELSON Bay golfer Grant Scott had a good idea what the call was about when Golf Australia's Peter Knight rang him last week to tell him one of his dreams had come true.

Knight, who is the director of elite development at GA, rang Scott to tell him he had been selected in his first Australian amateur golf squad.

But the 29-year-old was a step ahead of him after speaking to close friend Justin Roach the night before.

Roach, who is infamous in Newcastle golf circles for four-putting on the last hole to lose the 2006 Lake Macquarie Men's Amateur Championship, told Scott he had been dropped from the Australian squad.

When Knight rang Scott the following day and the Melbourne number flashed up on his phone, he was confident that he was about to replace his mate in the squad.

"I had a pretty good idea what it was about when Peter Knight called because he would rarely ring me," Scott said.

"After what Roachy told me the night before about him getting dropped I was hoping he was ringing to say that I was in.

"Getting in this squad has been my goal for the last five years or so, and I'm looking forward to the benefits it has to offer."

Scott was something of a late bloomer because he was out of golf for an extended period because of a number of different injuries at a crucial stage of his development.

"I basically didn't play for four years in my late teens and early 20s because of injuries, and I only got back into it seriously five years ago," he said.

"My first goal when I decided to give it another go was to make this squad and see what happens from there."

Scott, like most top amateur players, would like to use his new-found Australian amateur status to one day turn professional and make a living out of golf.

But in the short term he will head to the Australian Institute of Sport's golfing arm at Moonah Links in Melbourne for a camp on May 6 and play in the Keperra Bowl in Brisbane a week later.

Scott had a two-month trip to the United States planned prior to his selection but will still be able to go and has eight tournaments in his sights while he is over there.

Scott has been playing well and finished second in the Australian amateur strokeplay championships this month before bowing out in the quarter-finals of the matchplay on the seventh play-off hole.

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