Last year golf pro Art Scott logged 30,000 miles on his 1976 Plymouth, played in 71 tournaments and barely made enough to meet expense.
"I won over $7,000 in prize money and it took about $5,000 to participate," Scott said. To make ends meet, he gives 30 lessons a week at Andrews Air Force Base, where he is teaching pro.
Scott, 33 and single, would have it no other way. "If I were offered a head pro job tomorrow, I would turn it down," said the man who gave up head pro jobs at Cedar Crest and Carolina country clubs.
"I worked it both ways and really don't think that I would stay in the golf business other than as teaching or playing assistant.I get to play as an assistant, something I could rarely do as a head professional."
Scott missed only one Middle Atlantic PGA pro-am last year, and that was to fit in a practice round in burg, Va., prior to the section championship.
Nicknamed "Rake" by fellow pros for his deft putting and chipping, Scott sank birdie putts of 50, 25, and 20 feet last week to share first place in the pro-am at Evergreen. Some say when Scott gets his short game in tune, he can get the ball "up and down" from the ball washer.
In winning the MAPGA match play championship in 1977, his best year, Scott used just 14 putts in 12 holes to beat Dennis Satyshiu of Columbia in a quarterfinal match.
Scott must love golf. He grew up in Berlin, Md., but ignored the beckoning waters of nearby Ocean City in favor of caddying at Ocean City Golf and Yacht Club "I was beach boy at Ocean City for a couple of years but I don't think I ever went swimming," he recalled.
As a young baseball player, Scott often was the catcher for pitcher Tommy Smack, now one of MAPGA's best golfers.
"Playing in tournments is what I like to do most," he said. "This, plus the satisfaction I get from helping people improve their games, provides a combination that I've never gotten in any other position."
Until recently, Scott played without spiked shoes. "But this winter," he said, "I was playing in Florida and it seemed like every time I was playing, it was raining, so I went back to golf shoes just to get traction.
"I enjoy traveling, golf and good times," said Scott, who someday would like to open a golf-instruction school. "Many people ask when I am going to put some security into my life. I feel there is security in my life with my teaching and playing ability."