Scott Langley had a great showing at the Western Junior this week.
June 20, 2008
St. Simons Island, Ga. - Fresh off a season where he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was in a three-way playoff for the final cut spot at the NCAA Tournament, Illinois' Scott Langley returned to the course for his first competitive tournament since NCAA.
Langley joined the next group of talent coming to Champaign, incoming freshmen Luke Guthrie and Mason Jacobs at the Western Junior Championship at the picturesque Seaside Course in St. Simons Island, Ga. On Monday, Langley played a practice round with the duo that combined to win five Illinois High School state titles and in them sees more reason to be geared up for next season.
"Luke and Mason both have a lot of talent and know how to score," Langley said. "They both put in a lot of hard work and are only going to make us better. I think our team is at a point where we should be a contender for a national championship."
The trio backed up their lofty resumes the last four days by all making the cut in the competitive field. Langley and Guthrie placed in the top ten, at fifth and seventh, respectively, with Jacobs checking in at 44th in the 155-player field.
Langley used back-to-back rounds of 66 and 68 on the 7,005-yard par 70 course in rounds two and three to make a charge. He finished at three-under par 277, in a tie for fifth.
"I hit the ball as well has I have in a long time," Langley said. "I really wanted to win the tournament, but I couldn't get my putting stroke going."
Guthrie, meanwhile, had consistent rounds of 69-70-71-69 to finish at one-under par 279, in a tie for seventh.
Langley and junior Zach Barlow will play in a U.S. Open Public Links qualifier next weekend in St. Louis.