There’s no question, 2019 is a big year for Richard Scott. He becomes the 12th golfer inducted into the Windsor-Essex County Sports Hall of Fame in October and he was
also inducted into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame in early May.
Scott learned his craft in his hometown of Kingsville at the Kingsville Golf Club. He cited his father as the person that got him started in the game and the individual responsible for teaching him the fundamentals and etiquette.
His father taught him well. Those that know Scott say that he has tremendous respect for the game and that devotion to the links has put him in good stead.
“This was something that was instilled in me by my parents at a young age. It doesn’t only apply to golf. Honestly, it’s pretty simple. I’ve always tried to treat people
and competitors the way I would like to be treated.”
He has won the admiration of his fellow players and has become the gold standard for sportsmanship and conduct on the course. Aside from his gentlemanly qualities, Scott is a heck of a golfer. This attracted attention stateside, and he not only played for the University of Georgia Bulldogs as a collegiate player, but helped its team win the NCAA Division I title in 2005. Scott said that the feeling of winning that prestigious honour with his fantastic teammates will never leave him. He was also a runner-up for the individual title in the SEC Championship that same year.
“We had a phenomenal team during my time at UGA,” Scott said. “Competition was fierce when we got out on the road but I knew that if I could compete and win a spot on our Bulldogs team that I could measure up against anyone.”
Back home in Canada, Scott was tearing up the links too. Scott won the Royal Canadian Gold Association Amateur Championship in 2003, 2005 and 2006, and lists those wins as very special career moments. He also played in the hallowed Canadian Open in 2004, 2004 and 2006 – the latter being a memorable tournament for Scott. He made the cut as the low amateur, becoming one of three
amateurs in 23 years to make the cut.
Scott now plays just a few times a month. He returned to Georgia and lives with his wife and daughter while working for a luxury hotel property. Although he resides in the United States, he said Windsor and Essex County will always be his home and he feels truly inducted by the Hall of Fame.
“It’s very humbling to be included in the same breath as all of the inductees present and past,” he said. “To be mentioned in the area’s vast sports history is an amazing honour.”
Skill and class. The Windsor-Essex County Sports Hall of Fame is proud to induct Richard Scott into its 2019 class.