Scott Lord has been playing at Bartram Trail Golf Course since it opened Aug. 13.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, Lord's play paid off.
Lord, a junior at Harlem High School, shot 8-under 64 at Evans' newest golf course two weeks ago. The score was not only Lord's personal best but also the best round ever at Bartram Trail.
"I got out of school and was just going out to practice," Lord said. "I try to play it every day."
Lord, a 16-year old Harlem resident, started his record-breaking round on the 10th hole. After shooting 4-under par on the back nine, the lefty matched his efforts on the front nine. The round ended with a big shot on the ninth hole, a par-5 dogleg left.
"I had to eagle the ninth hole," Lord said. "I knew I was close. I had about a 10-foot putt."
Lord nailed the putt to complete his record-breaking round of 64. His previous best was a 4-under 68.
Bartram Trail PGA professional Robby Watson confirmed the record.
"He always practices," Watson said. "He's a good player with a beautiful swing."
Lord's 64 broke the previous course record of 65 by local pro Will Rogers. Rogers, a product of Greenbrier High School, set the course record on Bartram Trail's opening day in August.
Now with the new course record, Lord said he hopes the achievement is only the prelude to a successful professional career in golf.
After only two years of high school experience, the Harlem junior has already found success, taking a fifth-place finish in the Georgia State Championships this past summer.
Lord said he'll continue to train on his high school team this spring, then try out for the Junior Amateur and U.S. Amateur in the summer.
After that, a professional career is in his sights.
"I want to make the PGA Tour and stay in the top 25 on the money list," Lord said. "I'm not sure about college yet."
Because Lord is only 16 years old, college golf coaches can't officially recruit him because of NCAA regulations. That hasn't stopped Lord's mailbox from filling with letters from some big-time college golf programs.
Florida State University, Jacksonville State University, Darton College, Augusta State University and the University of Georgia have all expressed interest in the Harlem Bulldog.
"He's the top guy in our program," Harlem golf coach Kim Chambers said. "I'm not surprised at what he did at Bartram Trail."
A course record isn't the only outstanding performance Bartram Trail has seen recently. Watson said that, since the course opened just over three months ago, several golfers have hit big shots, including six reported holes-in-one.
Chin Wong hit the course's first reported ace at the 14th hole on Sept. 2. Since then, Rogers, Michael Alexander, Otis Williams and Bob Lloyd have also found the hole from the tee.
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