For Alex Scott, 5 AM Practice Sessions Equal U.S. Amateur Berth

Alex Scott was out of the game in more ways than one until a heart to (Jim) Hart several months ago put his golf game back on track.

Instructor Jim Hart operates Hart of Golf at Las Vegas Golf Club and has been a longtime mentor for Scott, who hadn’t been playing much due to family and work obligations.

But the call changed the game and has resulted in Scott earning low medalist honors at the 2022 U.S. Amateur qualifier at Boulder Creek Golf Club. Now he will represent the Southern Nevada Golf Association Aug. 15-21, 2022, at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, NJ. Also qualifying was Yuki Moriyama.

Early morning practice sessions at Boulder City Golf Club are also a main reason why Scott is making the trip.

“All of this makes me realize how much work you need to do to compete,” he told Insider writer Bill Bowman moments after the finish. “I used to think I could just go hit it around and shoot the numbers I needed to get the job done.”

Now, he’s on a different path.

“I wake up at 5 (a.m.) and go to Boulder City Muni and work on my game from 110 yards and in,” he said. “That’s where the money is made. It still hasn’t sunk in. I tried to qualify four or five years ago at Legacy (Golf Club) but didn’t make it. I’m happy to represent the SNGA this year and hopefully I can make them proud when I get to New Jersey.”

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