Australia’s first US Masters golf champion, Adam Scott, began his journey to the top at Adelaide City Council’s North Adelaide Golf Course, it’s been revealed.
In the April edition of Golf Digest, Scott’s father Phil tells the story of his time in Adelaide and how his son’s career started at the public course on War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide.
While Scott’s Adelaide birthplace has been widely known, it had been assumed that the world number two hadn’t started playing golf until the family moved to Queensland.
Asked by Golf Digest when Adam first picked up a real club, Phil Scott said: “About five or six, he and I started going to a par-3 course in North Adelaide.
“It’s an unbelievable facility there,” Phil Scott told the magazine.
“There’s two public courses and a par-3 right next to Adelaide Oval and Memorial Drive.
“It’s the most outstanding facility.
“So that’s where we went … and he was good at it straight away.
Phil Scott was working as an assistant pro at Blackwood at the time, after having earlier been a promising junior at Mount Lofty Golf Club (now called Stirling).
After three years learning the game on North Adelaide’s three courses, the family moved to Queensland when Phil scored a job on the Sunshine Coast.
Phil is Adam’s manager and the two have a very close relationship.
When Adam was born in 1980, Phil had just turned 21.
He caddied for Adam at the Augusta National par-3 in 2002, the first time they’d been together on a par-3 since those key days in 1986.
Scott is on course to win a second US Masters next month after a solid performance in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
He fired a course-record 62 on the first day, but couldn’t hold off USA’s Matt Every in today’s final round.
Scott’s four-over-par final round and 11-under total was three shots behind Every ‘s winning total of 13 under with Keegan Bradley squeezed between the pair in second place.
*Kevin Naughton is a member of North Adelaide Golf Club.
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