Golf News for Monday, March 2, 2009 | People

Steve Scott named Head Professional at The Ridge at Back Brook in Ringoes, N.J.

Renowned former amateur golfer Steve Scott has been named the new head golf professional at The Ridge at Back Brook, a highly acclaimed, Tom Fazio-designed private club located in Ringoes, NJ, between Princeton and Flemington.

Scott is best known for his memorable and thrilling match against Tiger Woods in the finals of the 1996 U.S. Amateur Championship at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon, during which Woods staged a miraculous comeback to win on the 38th hole after having been five down at one point in the match. Scott turned professional in 1999, having been ranked as the #1 amateur golfer in the United States by Golfweek Magazine at the time.

"We are very pleased and proud to welcome Steve as our new head golf pro," said Joel Moore, the owner of The Ridge at Back Brook. "Steve has had a very distinguished career as a player and has demonstrated the same level of commitment and ability in recent years off the course toward becoming an outstanding club professional. He will be a tremendous asset to our team and to our members."

Scott, age 31, has competed in 15 PGA Tour events, including the 1996 U.S. Open and the 1997 Masters. He has been a member of several other professional tours, including the Nationwide Tour and the Canadian Tour, where he was victorious twice (2001 Vancouver Open & 2002 Texas Classic). Among his most memorable achievements, apart from the head-to-head U.S. Amateur duel with Woods, are his two Walker Cup appearances representing the United States, in 1997 and again in 1999. He also won the prestigious 1999 Western Amateur.

In addition to his on-course achievements, Scott has also excelled in other areas of the golf business, having served as an on-course commentator with the Golf Channel in 2003. He also made several appearances on Golf Channel shows, "Quest for the Card" in 2003 and "On the Brink," a show that focused on six golfers and their experiences during the final stages of the 2002 PGA Tour Q-School. He also made four guest appearances on the popular Golf Channel live talk show "Viewer's Forum."

Having made the decision three years ago to transition from competitive player to club professional, Scott attained his PGA membership by completing the PGA Professional Golf Management Program in a record 17 months. He has also worked on the professional staff at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, NJ, the Jupiter Hills Club in Tequesta, FL, and PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, FL during that time. Most recently, Scott served for one year on the professional staff at Hidden Creek, a highly acclaimed New Jersey private club in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Scott has a keen interest in the growth and development of junior golf that he intends to make part of his work at the Ridge at Back Brook.

Scott's wife Kristi is a Class A LPGA golf professional, who became nearly as famous as Steve when she caddied for him during the U.S. Amateur and was singled out continuously by analyst Johnny Miller as playing a key role in "Team Scott's" success. Kristi and Steve welcomed their first child, Jeffrey Christopher, in June of 2008.

Located in Ringoes NJ, The Ridge at Back Brook was designed by renowned course architect Tom Fazio. Opened in 2002, The Ridge was named one of Golf Digest's "Best New Courses in America" in 2003. It was also named as the New Jersey Golf Course Owners' Association Course of the Year in 2006. In addition, The Ridge has placed second to Pine Valley as the best private course in New Jersey as determined by a poll of GolfStyles Magazine readers in 2004, 2006 and 2008. A private club, The Ridge measures 7,156 yards from the championship tees. For more information, call 609.466.7702, or visit

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