Stricker inspires Illinois golfer in tough times


ERIN, Wis. – Scott Langley chose a fitting role model, given his circumstances.

A devoted Steve Stricker fan, Langley is off to a strong start at the U.S. Amateur in Stricker’s home state.

Langley defeated Donald Constable, 3 and 2, at Erin Hills Wednesday to advance to the second round.

After winning the NCAA Championship in 2010 at the University of Illinois, Langley severely slumped this year. In Stricker, also an Illinois standout, Langley gains inspiration from a guy who bounced back from hard times so successfully he twice won PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year.

“Stricks is a huge role model for me,” Langley said. “I really look up to him. He’s so genuine, and he’s still so interested in Illinois golf. I try to model my game after him.”

Langley is hoping to gain one of the three spots on the American Walker Cup team that will be awarded after the U.S. Amateur. He said focusing on the Walker Cup this year hurt him. So did a run of playing too much in the spring wind.

“Maybe I wanted it too much,” Langley said of the Walker Cup. “I'll admit it; it definitely did affect me.

Langley said he got his game back digging it out of the dirt on the range.

'Going through something like this, it’s helped me develop so much toughness and true confidence,' Langley said.