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Scott Named New Head Pro at Paramount Country Club
Steve Scott, who famously battled Tiger Woods in the 1996 U.S. Amateur, has been named the new head golf professional at Paramount Country Club in New City, N.Y.
Scott, who played on the PGA and Nationwide tours and had two victories on the Canadian Tour, turned professional in 1999. During a successful golf career that began when he first picked up a club at age 5, the now 34-year-old also has been the No. 1-ranked amateur in the U.S. (1999), a member of two Walker Cup teams and the U.S. World Amateur Team, and winner of both the stroke and match-play sections of the Western Amateur (1999). Scott also competed in the 1996 U.S. Open and 1997 Masters.
"I'm very excited to be coming to Paramount," Scott said, "a club with a great membership, long history, and outstanding reputation. The course is a hidden gem, one of the best layouts in the metropolitan area. It's a shame more people don't know more about it, but I certainly hope to help change that."
"We are very pleased to welcome Steve to the Paramount family," said Jeff Mandelbaum, a representative of the club's owners. "We are thrilled to have a player and teacher of his quality heading up our professional staff. This is a win-win for both Steve and the club."
For the past three years, Scott has been the head professional at the Ridge at Back Brook in Ringoes, N.J. A three-time All American at the University of Florida, a course commentator for Golf Channel and teacher at the Golf Digest Instructional Schools, Scott also was assistant golf professional at Canoe Brook Country Club (Summit, N.J.), Jupiter Hills Club (Tequesta, Fla.), and Hidden Creek Golf Club (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.). Scott has been an active participant in the New Jersey PGA programs and twice nominated as New Jersey PGA Merchandiser of the Year.
As both teacher and player, Scott has been mentored by Bob Toski, the first living instructor inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Paramount Country Club, founded in 1920, is a private club located on 217 acres of rolling hills high above the Hudson River in Rockland County, New York. The course was originally designed by noted Golden Age architect A.W. Tillinghast and is currently being renovated by Jim Urbina. When completed, the course will have many of its original strategic elements restored. It also will boast the one-of-a-kind "Reef Hole," an especially challenging par-3 design that Tillinghast invented and used on some other courses, but exists today only at Paramount.
"I've been privileged to work at some of the finest clubs in the country," said Scott. "I think I have an understanding of great architecture and there is no doubt in my mind that Paramount is right up there with the best of them. When Jim Urbina completes his restoration of Paramount many people will be amazed at what has been covered up for all these years. This is a wonderful opportunity and I can't wait to get started."
Scott is married to Kristi, a Class A LPGA golf professional who was his caddie during the 1996 Amateur. They have two children: a son, Jeffrey Christopher (age 3) and a daughter, Kaylie (age 11 months).
For more information about Paramount Country Club, visit www.paramountcountryclub.com or contact membership director Kyla Jones at 845/634-4626.
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