Current Residence: Decatur, Ga.
Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
College: University of West Florida, Georgia Tech
Home Golf Course: Druid Hills Golf Club, Atlanta, Ga.; Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa
Profession: Professional Golfer
- Three-time All American (2008, 2009 with the University of West Florida; 2011 with Georgia Tech)
- Member of two ACC Championship teams at Georgia Tech (2010, 2011)
- Member of the Division II National Championship Team with University of West Florida (2008)
Kyle Scott always knew he wanted to be a professional athlete. He just didn’t think it would be golf. Baseball was Scott’s passion growing up, and was a decorated baseball player in South Africa growing up as a member of the South African Junior National Team. After realizing that he would not be able to continue to pursue a baseball career in South Africa, he turned to golf.
A late bloomer to the game at age 17, Scott enrolled in the Gavan Levenson Golf Academy in Johannesburg at the urging of a family friend. He became instantly hooked with the game. Knowing that he wanted to continue a golf career after high school, he reached out to more than 100 golf coaches in the United States and began playing competitively in junior golf tournaments in South Africa.
However, a back injury at age 18 almost derailed his dreams before they got started. Scott broke his back in a golf cart accident and was told he would never be able to play golf again. After two surgeries and months of rehabilitation, Scott didn’t know how his golf game would fare once his back brace was removed.
His doubts were put to rest when he won his first tournament without a brace. With renewed confidence, his results continued to improve and coaches in the United States started taking notice.
He accepted a golf scholarship to the University of West Florida, and proceeded to have a very successful two years – member of the Division II national championship team in 2008 and a two-time All-American. He transferred to Georgia Tech for his final two years of college and was a member of the two-time ACC Champions (2010-11).
Scott turned professional following graduation and competed on the Sunshine Tour in his native South Africa. In late 2012, he re-injured his back and was forced to shut down his golf career for almost a year.
“I went through this once before,” recalled Scott. “That gave me confidence in knowing that if I put in the work I could return to form again.”
He returned to the competitive circuit in 2014 by competing on mini tours in the United States. He won one event on the Hopkins Tour and had several top-10 finishes. A solid year by his standards.
“I know I have the talent, I just need to take things one tournament at a time and not get ahead of myself,” said Scott. “My time will come.”