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Headline: Shawn Scott Makes a Triumphant Return to Amateur Golf And Looks Forward to Another Happy Return at the MGA Mid-Amateur Championship

For Immediate Release: August 18, 2010

Braintree, MA — Ten years ago, Shawn Scott (Long Meadow GC) traveled to Dedham Country & Polo Club for the first time in his life. On that day, he competed in the Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship. It was his first real golf tournament.

Fast forward in time and Scott – now a 25-year-old business owner and father of a 15-month-old girl – will be making a return to Dedham to compete in the Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championship. Scott earned that opportunity after firing a score of 5-under par 67 during a qualifier held on Wednesday at Braintree Municipal Golf Course.

"I was drawn to the Mid-Amateur because of Dedham," said Scott, whose performance on Wednesday marked his first MGA round of the season. "It was so long ago when I played there but I remember the layout and the way the holes went."

While the love of the game has remained the same, so much else has transpired between then and now.

Following his debut at the Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship back in 2000, Scott went on to a successful high school career at Tewksbury High School and earned a chance to play collegiate golf at Johnson & Wales University in Florida. His experience playing under Head Coach Dave Adamonis (who passed away last year) was so rewarding that Scott made the decision to stay in Florida and help coach the Wildcats. He also got married and embarked on a professional golf career that would see him compete both down south and in the various New England state open championships.

While the experience was gratifying – especially working with Adamonis and traveling with the golf team – Scott soon came to a crossroads. With a baby on the way and his extended family back in Massachusetts, he made the decision to return home to Tewksbury, start his own business and take a break from the game of golf.

"It was golf, golf, golf for so many years," said Scott. "It was great that I got to play in college and get an education and even worked in the industry for a few years. As life goes on, it changes. I moved back here and decided to do something different."

That something different has been Maplewood Landscaping, a company that Scott started with his cousin who also plays his golf out of Long Meadow Golf Club in Lowell. The two partners have grown the business since his return to Massachusetts. It has been Scott's primary focus especially since he has been waiting to be reinstated as an amateur since his last professional event – the Bangor Open. Following that year-long wait, Scott received the good news on June 31 and was thus eligible to return to his roots and begin competing in MGA Championship events.

In his 2010 debut, Scott made sure everyone in the state knew that he had returned by posting that blistering medalist score in Braintree. On his first hole at Braintree, Scott drained an eight-foot putt for birdie. He then hit his second shot on the 351-yard, par 4 2nd shot to two feet to go 2-under par through two holes.  A double bogey on the third hole did not derail his momentum. In fact it did just the opposite.

"I had a two and a half foot par putt on that third hole that I missed and rolled it five feet by and missed the next putt," explained Scott. "I made double there which relaxed me a bit. I was a little jittery out there because I haven't been playing a ton of golf and certainly not tournament golf."

A tap-in birdie putt on the 317-yard, par 4 4th hole followed as Scott went on to make six more birdies and just one bogey to capture medalist honors by four strokes over a field of more than 70 players.

"After I got it back to 1 under (on the front nine), I wanted to just get into the 60s," said Scott, who recently finished second to Doug Parigian at the Long Meadow GC club championship earlier this month. "And then after the turn I wanted to get two more on the back to get to 67 and that's where it ended."

As often happens in amateur golf events, Scott didn't get much of a break from his day job. In addition to squeezing in five hours of work after his round, Scott also enjoyed the fact that he was playing behind a group that included one of his clients – John Carroll (Indian Ridge CC) – who also qualified that day by posting a score of 4-over par 76.

"I just like so many of the other guys who play in MGA events," said Scott. "Now I am trying to play a little bit as an amateur and am doing the recreational thing instead of something that I was doing all day, every day and trying to make a career out of it. It's been great so far."

Following his performance in Braintree,  many are left shaking their heads wondering what is to come when Scott makes his return to Dedham… the place where it all began so many years ago.

Here are a list of qualifiers and alternates from Massachusetts Mid-Amateur qualifiers that were held on August 18.

2010 Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Qualifying
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Cranberry Valley Golf Course (Harwich, MA)
Par 72 (36-36)

1) Jeffrey Stewart (Marshfield CC) 33-37-70
2) Michael Walker (Oyster Harbors Club 34-37-71
T3) Chris Scott (Wayland CC) 37-36-73
T3) John Dahrouge (Berkshire Hills CC) 36-37-73
T3) William R Tribou (CC of Halifax 35-38-73
6) Matt O'Keefe (Salem CC) 38-36-74
T7) Jim Hosey (Ludlow CC) 38-37-75
T7) Paul M Heffernan Jr (Oyster Harbors Club) 39-36-75
T9) Kevin Rourke (Salem CC) 37-39-76
T9) Derek Johnson (Highland CC) 37-39-76
T9) Mike Daley (Cohasse CC) 36-40-76
T9) Daniel FalcuCC)i (Cyprian Keyes GC) 38-38-76
T9) Bob Bestford (The Club at New Seabury) 38-38-76
T9) Michael Ryan (Longmeadow CC) 36-40-76
T15) Jonathan Hughes (Eastward Ho! CC) 38-39-77
T15) Scott Barker (Sandwich Hollows CC) 38-39-77
T15) Gregory Badger (Salem CC) 39-38-77
T15) Jim Forsgard (South Shore CC) 37-40-77
T15) Derek Orne (Kettle Brook GC) 39-38-77
T15) Richard Dunne (Hopkinton CC) 37-40-77

1st) Daniel Walker (Dennis Pines GC)) 40-38-78
2nd) Anton Arapoff ( The Harmon Club) 37-41-78

2010 Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Qualifying
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Braintree Municipal Golf Course (Braintree, MA)
Par 72 (36-36)

1) Shawn Scott (Long Meadow GC) 33-34-67
T2) Chris Needham (The Tour of Greater Boston) 35-36-71
T2) Aengus McAllister (City GC) 36-35-71
T4) William Boyle (Brae Burn CC) 36-36-72
T4) Brian O'Leary (Ponkapoag GC) 36-36-72
T6) Eric Daniel (Presidents GC) 37-36-73
T6) Richard Fleischman (Hopkinton CC) 36-37-73
T6) Shuvam Bhaumik (Federal Street Golf) 37-36-73
T9) Michael Kaminer (Wellesley CC) 36-38-74
T9) Brian Healy Jr (Walpole CC) 35-39-74
T9) Dave Tasho (Thorny Lea GC) 36-38-74
T12) Nick Caldwell (Nashawtuc CC) 38-37-75
T12) John Nolan (Easton CC) 36-39-75
T12) Brad Hartz (Fresh Pond GC) 40-35-75
T12) Robert Mancini (Thorny Lea GC) 35-40-75
T12) Kyle Kelly (Franklin CC) 36-39-75
T12) Cameron Shaw (Poquoy Brook GC) 38-37-75
T12) Carter Fasick (Indian Meadows GC) 36-39-75
T19) John Carroll (Indian Ridge CC) 36-40--76
T19) Ajay Beniwal (Stow Acres CC) 39-37-76

Dan Rice (Boston GC) 37-39-76
Kenny Norris (River Bend CC) 40-36-76

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