Bolin earns emotional Profitt win in Stanford

June 21, 2004|JILL ERWIN

STANFORD - The words came slowly, the tears in the corner of his eyes a little quicker as Scott Bolin sat in the golf cart Sunday and apologized for his show of emotion.

He should have been celebrating his second Homer Profitt Invitational title. Instead, Bolin was thinking about how important the day was, winning the title in front of his friends and family.

Bolin said the win was more memorable because of them.

"This is a big tournament for me, as you can tell. I'm from here and all these guys are just so supportive," Bolin said. "I was raised here and at Old Bridge, and all these guys, they pull for me and I appreciate that. When I play bad, I don't feel that bad because of me, I just feel like I want to play good for everyone else. When I can finally pull one out, it's great."


Bolin won with a 1-over-par 72 Sunday, giving him a 142 for the 36-hole tournament at Dix River Country Club. That put him two strokes ahead of Marty Anderson and three ahead of Tom Shelton. Coincidentally, those were also the top three finishers for Bolin's last Profitt victory in 1999.

Someone else who shared both of those days with Bolin is his dad, Mike. Mike Bolin was all over the course Sunday, sometimes in a cart, sometimes walking ahead, sometimes walking over to share thoughts with Scott.

But through it all, he was there.

"Dad's a terrible golfer," Scott Bolin said as his eyes filled with tears. "But he supports me. That's the main reason I wanted to win it. He can't play a lick, I mean he's terrible, but he just loves to come follow me. He goes in behind trees, and you don't know where he's at until he sticks his head out."

After Scott's second shot landed on the fringe at 17, his dad came over. They crouched down together, looking at the hole and shared a few words.

It's moments like that, on Father's Day, that mean the most to Scott Bolin.

"He just kind of listens to me," Scott Bolin said. "He'll say little things to calm me down. He doesn't help me much as far as strategy, but he's more just happy to keep me calm and relaxed.

"He usually just pats me on the back, which is good because most of the time I need it. It's a big deal for me to win on Father's Day, a real big deal."

Bolin was able to do it because of a 1-under 70 in Saturday's opening round. He did that despite some problems with his putting.

"Yesterday I played really well," Bolin said. "A 70 was probably one of the highest scores it could have been. I hit 15 greens, I three-putted two holes for par and missed two putts inside three feet. Today was a little more of a struggle."

He needed a six-foot putt to save par on No. 1 and then chipped in for par on 4. He three-putted on 11 to go 1 over par, but came back to birdie 12 and 14.

Bolin bogeyed 17, a tough pin placement that he overshot. He ended up taking his second shot from behind the tee box on 18.

"That was a sucker pin and we took it," Bolin said. "We went for it. I wasn't actually trying to hit it that far, but I guess where it hit the hard ground it rolled farther. I was trying to hit it a little shorter, because it was the perfect angle, but I was a little pumped up, I think. I had a little adrenaline going."

Bolin said his play in the State Amateur last week prepared him for the Profitt. He played the first two days with Danville's Ben Fuqua, and opened up the second day 2 under on the front. He said he then made a joke that would come back to haunt him.

"I said, 'You know, Ben, I could shoot 45 on the back side and still make the cut,'" Bolin said. "I shot 45 on the back side, never dreamed I would, and missed it by one shot. But the greens were extremely fast, and I think that was good preparation for this."

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