The 25-year-old Scott, a PGA apprentice at Elyria Country Club, closed with a 2-under 70 for a seven-stroke victory that was just one short of the largest margin of victory in tournament history. That was by three-time champion Kyle Flinton in 2005.
Scott, who has been an assistant at ECC the last two years after previously serving at the club as a shop assistant, had a 17-under 271 total at PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker Course.
He earned $9,000 and a spot next summer in the PGA Professional National Championship at Sunriver in Oregon.
“I knew that I couldn’t let up, no matter what kind of lead I had,” Scott said. “The players here are just too good. In the middle of the front nine I made three birdies in a row and got rolling with the putter, which carried me through the rest of the round.”
First-round leader Ryan Vermeer finished second, shooting a 73. The 34-year-old Vermeer is a PGA apprentice at Oak Hills Country Club in Omaha, Neb.
“You never really feel comfortable about winning a championship like this until the final putt drops,” said Scott, who was making his debut in the tournament and played the course for the first time Tuesday. “I had a few wild shots in the middle of the round, but was able to right the ship and stick to my game plan of being aggressive and it paid off.”