Covington senior golfer Scout Davis did not bring home a title from the state tournament earlier this week at WillowBrook Golf Course in Manchester.
However, his performance there, and throughout his career, probably makes him the best golfer in the history of Covington High School.
He shot a two-over 146 (72-74) Tuesday and Wednesday which was good enough for a seventh-place finish in a field of 61 golfers. Davis was four strokes behind the winner, Jaden Zimmer of Crockett County.
Davis’ finish is believed to be the highest of any Covington golfer ever and he is the only Charger to make state four straight years.
He finished 26th as a freshman in 2016, 11th in 2017 and 16th last year in a tournament that was shortened to one round because of inclement weather.
“I got more experience and learned the course over the last three years,” Davis said. “I just knew what to do. I knew my boundaries, the wind, things like that. It’s a really tight course.”
Davis was very consistent on both days. On Tuesday he had two birdies and two bogeys and followed that with three birdies and five bogeys on Wednesday. He parred the other 24 holes.
He has only played WillowBrook four times.
“Freshman year I was pretty nervous,” Davis said. “I didn’t know what to expect. This being my fourth year, I knew what to expect.”
His highlight of the tournament came on the 165-yard No. 17 on Wednesday when he hit a seven iron within a foot and tapped in for birdie, drawing oohs from the gallery.
Covington golf coach Brad Warmath said the conditions were difficult on cold and windy days.
“He’s progressively gotten better,” Warmath said. “He controls the ball really well and he’s got a great short game. He’s been good around the green since he was young. He scores on his short game.”
Davis said he’s played as long as he can remember. When his family moved to a house that backs up to No. 8 on the Covington Country Club Golf Course when he was eight, Davis’ game began to take off.
“Ever since then,” Davis said, “I loved it.”
Davis said he is looking at some colleges at which to continue is golfing career. For now, though, he’s riding pretty high after a stellar career at Covington.
“It was a good four years,” Davis said. “I enjoyed it.”