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Harrisburg's Hayden Scott hits special shot with albatross in state meet round at Lakeview

Scott made an albatross — or a double-eagle — on the par-5 No. 9 hole on Monday during his state tournament round at Lakeview Golf Course.

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Harrisburg's Hayden Scott cracks a smile after making an albatross at Hole No. 9 during the first round of the Class AA state boys high school golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022 at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell.
Marcus Traxler / Mitchell Republic
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MITCHELL — Hayden Scott has hit a hole-in-one in his golfing career, which is usually a top prize in a lifetime on the links.

What the Harrisburg High School sophomore did Monday at the Class AA boys state golf tournament is even better, he admits.

Scott made an albatross — or a double-eagle — on the par-5 No. 9 hole on Monday during his state tournament round at Lakeview Golf Course.

"It was pretty crazy," Scott said after his round. "I couldn't believe that went in."

Playing from the left rough on the hole, Scott, a sophomore, had an 8-iron in hand when he took the shot from 203 yards away. The ball landed about 8 feet short of the hole and then rolled up to the pin in the middle of the green, and then nestled against the far side of the flagstick and dropped in.

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Scott, playing in the lead group off of the first tee for the day, wasn't completely sure it went in until he got up to the green and then peered down into the cup and saw his ball.

"I finished the front nine 2-2," Scott told his playing partners after pulling the ball out and referencing his birdie at the par-3 No. 8 hole. "That's pretty cool."

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Harrisburg's Hayden Scott walks off the No. 18 green during the first round of the Class AA state boys high school golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022 at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell.
Marcus Traxler / Mitchell Republic

Scott said the albatross helped jumpstart a round that was otherwise stuck in the mud.

"I didn't have a good start and I was three-over through three holes," he said. "And then I got to No. 8 and then had the albatross and that really gave me some confidence. I really started to play better and it was a great boost to my round."

Scott finished with a 2-under-par 70, tied for second place midway through the 36-hole tournament. Teammate Riley Christensen has the lead at 4-under-par.

"I never thought about making an albatross after making a hole-in-one, but doing it in the state tournament, I have to say this was better," Scott said.

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Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at mtraxler@mitchellrepublic.com.
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