b'office, which at the time administered the Evans Cup of Washington fundraiser. And then during his senior year in 2003, he served another internship with the association, this time as a prestigious USGA P.J. Boatwright Jr. Intern.Immediately following that internship, Scotty was brought on full-time by the associations in early 2004 as the assistant manager of rules and competition, hired by former PNGA and WA Golf executive director John Bodenhamer, for a position that was created specifically for Scotty. He quickly rose in the championship department, and assumed the senior director role in early 2008. I knew I loved being on the course, playing or working, officiating players, the rules, traveling and meeting new people, Scotty said. The golf course is my office. I am lucky for that.Scotty is one of those people who not only loves what he does, but improves how things are run, and it shows. Administering more than 30 association championshipsAfter Scottys final PNGA championshipthe 2021 PNGA each year along with more than a dozen USGAMens Mid-Amateur at Silvies Valley Ranch. Left to right are national championship qualifiers annually, working withOperations Assistant Mark Wilhite, Scotty, Champion Mark competitors of varying skill levels on various stagesStrickland, Assistant Director of Rules and Competition Adam gave him the expertise to make PNGA and WA GolfGracik, Manager of Rules and Competition Blake Martella, championships and events better.and USGA P.J. Boatwright Jr. Intern Nick Robinson. And his reputation has grown on the national golf scenethis past year he was asked by the USGA to be the lead rules official at the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, held last May at Chambers Bay and The Home Course, responsible for course set-up, overseeing ruleshave Scotty for the last 20 years.officials and decisions, and scoring.After being asked to recall his favorite part about his Our championships are what they are becauselong tenure on staff at the associations, Scotty replied of his resume working major events; he left no stonequickly and simply. unturned, said PNGA Hall of Famer and WA GolfIts the people, he said. All the people Ive met Championship Committee Chairman Tom Brandes.along the way who made the job so great. He got the same rush putting on these events as I didScotty also valued the players competing in his playing in them. championships and wanted to give them the best playing Brandes remembers meeting Scotty the first time inexperience possible.2005, thinking he resembled a secret service agentHe understood how to give members a PGA with his earpiece in and an all-business look on his face.TOUR feeling, said Troy Andrew, CEO and Its become a long friendship between the two. Hes justexecutive director of WA Golf and the PNGA. All a good guy to hang with, Brandes said.the details they get, pin locations, scoring. Its what Ben Stodghill, another long-time friend of Scottysseparates our championships from other associations, who has been the PNGA Championship Committeehe left these events better than he found them.Chairman since 2006, has also gotten to know him veryScottys legacy will continue to live on in the well over the years. Northwest, as he built a template of how to conduct His work ethic, attitude, and attention to detail isquality championships. He is now excited to leave his what made the PNGA championships what they aremark on the Korn Ferry Tour as well, as he takes his today, Stodghill says. The association was fortunate todream, and his skills, to the professional level. DEC 2021 |PACIFIC NORTHWEST GOLFER35'