Wolfes makes impact on and off the green

Trevor McNaboe

You may not know the name now, Eagle Nation, but soon you will: junior golfer Theodore Scott Wolfes, or Scott as he’s known by his teammates.

While the construction of the new football stadium and the talk of the Georgia Southern University football team, amongst other sports, are taking center stage for GSU, another individual is garnering national attention.

After arriving at GSU, Wolfes made an immediate impact. Wolfe played in 11 tournaments and 33 rounds during his freshman campaign and had a 73.88 scoring average. Wolfes finished fourth in the Southern Conference Championships, earned Southern Conference Freshman of the Year and made the All-SoCon Freshman team.

Rather than resting on his laurels, Wolfes came back even stronger last year with improvements in his all-around game leading the SoCon in scoring average (72.14), not to mention winning two tournaments and finishing as the runner-up three times in the twelve tournaments he participated in.

For you golf fans, Wolfes shot a 67 in one round on the same course that hosted the 2012 Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Championship.

The postseason accolades poured in as Wolfes traded in SoCon Freshman of the Year for SoCon Player of the Year, All-SoCon and the Ping all-region team.

Outside of college golf, last year was a big year for Wolfes as he made it to the sectional qualifying of the U.S Open, along with that he made it to the Round-of-32 in match play at the U.S Amateurs.

“Playing in these tournaments gave me a lot more experience and now I’m used to the pressure,” Wolfes said.

Now as a junior Wolfes has set lofty expectations that he believes can be reached. He wants to make it to the national championship and compete with the best in the country.

Amid all the success, Wolfes is a humble individual, the St. Simon Island native goes back to his roots as he fishes and hangs out with friends in his spare time.

In high school, Wolfes was a four time all-state selection, three times as the team’s captain and finished off his senior year, like every athlete wants to, winning the state championship.

He also lettered in basketball twice at Glynn Academy. This is the same school that Kwame Brown (2001 NBA Draft #1 Overall pick) attended. In fact if the 6-foot-1 Wolfes could have one hidden talent, it would be the ability to dunk.

So why did this decorated prep player take his talents to Statesboro?

“It was an easy choice,” Wolfes said. “The facilities were second-to-none, they had great coaches and I already knew some of the guys on the team.”

So as we get caught up with the sale of GSU-University of Florida tickets, or the conference realignment of GSU athletics, just remember you might see this guy on a Sunday afternoon on the leaderboard at Merion or walking down Amen’s Corner at the Masters.