White hot from the white tees

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Scott Roberts fires 60, sets another mark at LGC

By Robert Howey

Lancaster golfer Scott Roberts, the five-time Lancaster Golf Club champion, continues his links assault on the LGC records.
Two weeks ago, Roberts shot a sizzling 56 (29-27) from the silver tees at the Lancaster Golf Club for a new mark. LGC pro Phil Small said Roberts’ 56 was the first time in his memory a golfer had broken 60 in a round.
Then on Tuesday, the former Buford High School golf standout, a 1989 BHS graduate and Lancaster High School golf coach, notched another milestone, shooting a 60 from the white tees, playing 6,100 yards over 18 holes.
Roberts, playing in a regular Tuesday foursome with Stephen “Gump” Threatt, Larry Snyder and Wesley Phillips, carded a 29-31–60, 12 shots under and a new course mark. His round included an eagle, 10 birdies and seven pars.
Roberts, in his blazing round from the silvers on June 19, posted 12 birdies, two eagles and four pars.
“I’ve really changed my approach playing golf,” Roberts said. “I play and don’t think about it.
“Now, I just don’t get caught up in analyzing each shot,” he said.
Scott, 47, said a key hole was No. 9, a par four.
“I ended up with a bad lie,” he said. “I blasted out of the back of the bunker and the ball went in the hole for a birdie three.
“When I made the shot, Stephen said he hated me,” Roberts said. “It was a pretty special shot.”
Roberts said during the round he made his share of putts, “a lot of long ones.”
His eagle came on No. 2 when he stroked in a 20-footer.
Roberts noted he became a “little nervous” on No. 11 after carding a birdie on No. 10.
“I got a little nervous, but I came back with a par on the hole (No. 11),” he said. “The greens were playing real fast. The course is in great shape.”
Then, on No. 18 to cap the round, Scott drained a 20-foot putt.
“I dribbled it down the green and it stopped for a moment at the edge of the hole and then fell in,” he said. “It was like somebody just pushed it in.”
The late “Doc” Catoe held the LGC record of 63 from the white tees, which has since been broken by Trevor Banks and Drew Walters, who each carded a 62 in the past few years.
“It was fun,” said Roberts of topping the mark by two shots. “It was extremely easy. I’ve learned to play the game a lot better.
“I quit trying to be perfect on every shot,” he said. “Now, I’m trying to shoot 59 from the white tees.”