In six seasons at Rice University (2005-11), Drew Scott produced 47, Top 10 team performances, four All-Conference USA selections, four C-USA All-Freshman Team performers and two C-USA All-Tournament picks. He also had three golfers named GCAA All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America a total of five times.
In early May 2011, Scott announced his resignation as Rice University's golf coach effective at the end of competition for the Owls. Following the season he moved to Eugene, Ore., to join his wife Ria, who is the head women's golf coach at the University of Oregon.
In his final season at Rice, Scott coached Conference USA Golfer of the Year Michael Whitehead who made his second straight appearance at an NCAA Regional tournament.
The Owls' best team finish Scott's final year was fourth place at the 60th Border Olympics played in Laredo. In addition to Whitehead winning his first collegiate title, Rice shot a school-record, final-round 274 (-14) in move up from the eighth-place position in which it started the round.
Academically, Rice had six golfers named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll. Junior golfer Erik Mayer was one of 40 Rice student-athletes to receive the Conference USA Commissioner's Medal and was a Capital One Academic All-District VI selection.
Under Scott, the 2009-10 season proved to be a year in which the Owls returned to national prominence.
Scott guided the Owls to a pair of tournament victories, the program's best finish at a conference championship since the 1930s and a return to NCAA post-season play for the first time in 13 years. His coaching peers recognized the accolades by selecting him the 2010 Conference USA Coach of the Year.
The Owls teed off the 2009-10 season by capturing the program's first team championship since 1998, winning the UTA/Waterchase Invitational. The Owls had three players birdie the tournament's final hole en route to a two-stroke victory. Rice also began the spring season with a team title. Early in the spring season the Owls won the 10th Annual Rice Intercollegiate presented by Srixon by 19 strokes.
In addition to a pair of championships during the season, the Owls were the runner-up at three tournaments during the year. Rice tied for second at the Conference USA Men's Golf Championship, marking the program's best finish at a conference championship since winning the 1939 Southwest Conference title. The Owls had finished no higher than seventh in its previous four C-USA Championships and had finished no higher than fourth at a conference championship since the 1981 Southwest Conference Championship.
All told, Rice had eight, Top Five finishes during the 2009-10 season. Prior to the NCAA Regional the Owls were No. 61 in NCAA Division I head-to-head rankings according to Golfstat. The Owls' record was 235-63 (.789).
In addition to the team's performance, Scott coached a pair of players who combined for three individual championships during the year. Rice senior Christopher Brown claimed a five-stroke victory at the Conference USA championship, one of two championships during the spring. Rookie Jade Scott won the David Toms Intercollegiate. He was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year.
When it came to academics during the 2009-10 season, all 10 Rice golf student-athletes were named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll. Rice established a Conference USA record by having 227 student-athletes named to the honor roll which recognizes those student-athletes who maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Additionally, three Rice golfers received the Conference USA Commissioner's Medal for achieving a 3.75 grade point average or better.
A unanimous selection, Rice senior Michael Buttacavoli headlined the Conference USA All-Academic Team. Buttacavoli was also named to the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large Third Team.
During the Spring of 2009, Rice had eight golfers earn Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition. Three members of the team received the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medal for carrying at least a 3.75 grade point average.
Scott joined the Rice coaching staff after a two-year stint at the University of Texas-Pan American.
At UTPA, Scott led the Broncs to seven top-10 team finishes, one individual titleist, and five All-Independent Team selections.
In his first season as a collegiate coach in 2004, Texas-Pan American placed fourth place at the National Minority Golf Championships in Port St. Lucie, Fla., which included posting a season-low team score of 890. UTPA shot 294 in the first and second rounds of the tournament - the team's second lowest single-round score of the season. With a veteran squad under his guidance, Scott watched as senior Rudy Celedon was named the Co-Independent Golfer of the Year, a first for the UTPA men's program.
Scott was a three-year letterman for the Owls under then-coach Jim Castañeda, winning the Vic Cameron Award as the Owls' top golfer in 1994. The native of Pinehurst, N.C., then transferred to the University of North Carolina for two years, but returned to Rice to play as a fifth-year senior in 1998. He shared the 1998 Cameron Award with C.W. Mallon.
After earning his degree in human performance and health science in 1998, Scott played four years on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour.
He earned his Canadian Tour playing card in 2000. His best career finish was a tie for 14th at the 2002 Texas Challenge in Austin, Texas, with rounds of 72-73-69-67=281 (-7). However, his career highlight may have come a few weeks later when he fired a career-low eight-under par 64, in Scottsdale, Ariz. That round included a front nine course-record score of 29.
Scott also competed on several other tours, including the New England Pro Tour, Zero Tour, TearDrop Tour and North Atlantic Tour. A still competitive golfer, Scott, in the summer of 2006, qualified for sectionals for the U.S. Open.
He placed among the top 20 in half of his collegiate events, including two runner-up finishes in 1993 and 1994 Columbia Lakes Invitational.
Scott qualified for four USGA Championships during his career. He made it to match play at the United States Amateur Public Links Championships in 1994, 1995 and 1996. He also qualified for the 1996 United States Amateur in Oregon. In 1994, he was the co-medalist at the prestigious North and South Amateur and made it to the quarterfinals the following year.
A native of Pinehurst, N.C., Scott won his first golf tournament - the Scotch Meadows Junior Invitational - when he was eight years old. By the age of 10, he was playing in his first national level tournament - The Donald Ross Memorial Championship.
During his high school career, Scott won the North Carolina State High School championship while playing for Union Pines H.S. in Cameron, N.C. His winning score of 71-67=138 (six under) was five shots better than the second-place finish and proved to be the lowest score in 20 years. At the completion of his senior season, he was named the North Carolina High School Golfer of the Year.
In February of 2005, Scott was selected as a member of the inaugural five-person class for the Union Pines H.S. Athletic Hall of Fame.
Scott is a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America. In the fall of 2008, he was named to the GCAA's Coaches Congress. The Congress membership assists the GCAA national office in surveying members of their respective conferences regarding matters deemed of national importance as well as keeping represented coaches informed.
Scott was also a voting member of the GolfWorld/GCAA Coaches Poll. He has served as the South Central Region committee chairman. The committee is responsible for nominations and voting for All-Region and All-America players and coaches.
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