COACH KUBINSKI SAYS: "If we voted on a `Comeback Player of the Year' in the BIG EAST or in the country, Scott would have my vote, hands down. His junior year began with a terrible automobile accident that left him physically scarred and emotionally drained. His play suffered throughout the season. While we all knew of his talent, his numbers did not return throughout that junior year. This season has shown a remarkable turnaround. He has been one of the best players in the country, as evidenced by his multitude of top 10 finishes and very high ranking nationally. I've been impressed by Scott, both on and off the golf course, and truly admire his competitiveness and will to return to form. He has fired a number of rounds in the 60s this fall and has a great ability to make birdies in bunches. I certainly wouldn't want to play a skins game with him! As we look to the NCAA Championship this spring, Scott's play will have a tremendous impact on our success."
AS A SENIOR (Fall of 2005): Led all Irish players with a 72.17 stroke average during four fall tournaments, with all 12 rounds counting to team score and six coming in at par or better ... placed in top 10 at three of four events ... opened final campaign with a team-leading sixth-place tie at Gopher Invitational (73-73-72=218, +2) ... tied for 38th place at Shoal Creek Intercollegiate with seven-over par 223 (75-74-74) ... sparkled at Coca-Cola Duke Classic, shooting season-low five-under par 211 (70-69-72) to tie for eighth place ... led team with third-place tie at The Prestige at PGA WEST, carding two-under par 214 (75-72-67), including his career-low final-round 67 ... disqualified himself early in first round at CordeValle Collegiate after discovering he and teammate Cole Isban played incorrect balls during the round (tournament employed unusual foursome pairings with teammates in same groups, leading to potential confusion).
SUMMER 2005: Qualified as an alternate for 2005 U.S. Amateur, finishing fourth in sectional qualifier (140, -4) at Hillcrest Golf Club in St. Paul, Minn.; was one shot away from claiming one of the three automatic qualifying spot at the sectional ... advanced to quarterfinals of match play in Minnesota Players Championship at Dellwood Hills Golf Club in Dellwood, Minn.; representing Hazeltine National Golf Club, he defeated Gary Degrio 19 holes in opening round, Mike Fiedler 19 holes in second round and Bryce Handstad 3 & 1 in third round before losing to James Lehman 3 & 1 in quarterfinals ... tied for 25th in Minnesota PGA Golf Champions Invitational at the Minneapolis Golf Club, missing 36-hole cut after firing a six-over 150 (73-77) ... finished tied for 36th in Eastern Amateur Championship at Elizabeth Manor Country Club in Portsmouth, Va., shooting a two-over par 285 (69-72-71-70) ... took fifth place in Minnesota State Amateur at The Minikahda Club in Minneapolis; finished at four-over par 220 (76-75-69) to end up five shots off the pace -- took low-round honors on final day and earned second consecutive top-five finish in the event (runner-up in 2004) ... one of three Notre Dame golfers to make the 36-hole cut at the 103rd Western Amateur, but did not advance to 16-man match play following four rounds of stroke play at Point O' Woods Golf & Country Club in Benton Harbor, Mich. ... tied for 24th place after carding a six-over par 286 (70-72-73-71), putting him two shots out of a five-man playoff for match play.
AS A JUNIOR: Received third monogram ... took part in 11 tournaments, playing in 10 as a member of the Irish starting five ... progress was hindered following arm injury sustained in an automobile accident early in fall season ... showed courage and leadership in returning to competition soon after accident ... finished year with 77.67 stroke average ... opened campaign with strong 17th-place finish at Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational ... tied classmate Eric Deutsch for team-high scoring honors with 10-over par 223 (73-75-75), his lowest 54-hole mark of the fall ... came back from accident to take part in Windon Memorial Classic, placing 82nd overall with 23-over par 236 (86-78-72) ... showed exceptional improvement during each round of tournament ... tied for 65th place at The Nelson Invitational, carding a 16-over par 223 (71-76-76) ... the opening-round 71 was his best round of the fall ... closed out season with tie for 57th place at The Prestige at PGA WEST ... fired a 26-over par 242 (81-83-78) on the rugged Greg Norman Course at PGA WEST in La Quinta, Calif. ... opened spring with tie for ninth place as individual competitor at Irish Spring Invitational, carding a nine-over par 225 (78-73-74) ... shot a 25-over par 241 (84-80-77) and finished tied for 54th place at the General Jim Hackler Invitational ... tied for 40th at the Augusta State Invitational with a 19-over par 235 (82-81-72) ... had season-best finish in dual match vs. No. 11 TCU, tying for eighth at seven-over par 147 (72-75) ... split 51st-place honors at Aggie Invitational with 15-over par 231 (82-76-73) ... shot a 14-over par 84 in his only round and tied for 21st overall at BIG EAST Championship, which was played in adverse weather conditions ... shot a 33-over par 243 (85-81-77) in NCAA Central Regional, finishing 138th in the field.
SUMMER 2004: Finished second to teammate Eric Deutsch at Minnesota State Amateur Championship with three-round score of four-under par 209 (68-73-68) ... also was runner-up to Deutsch at Twin Cities Amateur Championship with two-round total of 146 (74-72) ... tied for 17th place at Eastern Amateur Championship in Portsmouth, Va., registering four-day score of one-under par 279 (68-73-67-71).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Received second consecutive monogram and was named Notre Dame National Monogram Club MVP for second year in a row ... led team with a career-low 74.23 stroke average, which ranks eighth on the school's single-season charts ... participated in a team-high 12 of 13 tournaments ... also set the pace for the Irish with a 74.48 scoring mark in the spring season ... saw 88.6 percent of his rounds (31 of 35) applied to the team score ... on average, he was within 10 shots of the lead going into the final round of all 12 tournaments in '03-04 ... tops on the squad with eight rounds of par or better, including five under-par rounds ... was at his best in the second round, posting a team-low 73.50 stroke average ... was the top Irish finisher in six tournaments ... took part in all five fall events ... earned team-high honors in first three events of the fall ... placed third in a 90-player field at the SMU/Stonebridge Invitational with a career-low six-under par 210 (70-69-71), which is the second-best 54-hole score in school history and ties the best mark in Irish history with relation to par ... helped Notre Dame win the SMU/Stonebridge Invitational, its first tourney title in four years ... ended up tied for 11th place at the Windon Memorial Classic after logging a one-over par 217 (72-73-72) ... was tied for 46th place at the season-opening Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational with a 19-over par 232 (77-73-82) ... struggled somewhat in his last two tournaments ... placed 23rd at The Tillinghast at 14-over par 154 (78-76) ... finished the fall with a tie for 60th place at The Nelson Invitational with an eight-over par 221 (74-75-72), helping Irish set school record for the lowest 54-hole tournament score (863) ... finished tied for 14th at the Cleveland Golf Collegiate Invitational in southern California, carding a three-over par 216 ... had his best spring finish with a tie for 11th place at the Conrad Rehling Alabama Invitational, carding a three-over par 219 ... added another 11th-place finish at the BIG EAST Championship with a 14-over par 224, helping Irish to first league crown since 1997 ... tied for 38th place at NCAA Central Regional with 13-over par 229.
AS A FRESHMAN: Earned his first monogram and was named the Notre Dame National Monogram Club MVP ... qualified for the opening tournament of the season and remained in the lineup for 11 of 12 tournaments, including the entire fall schedule ... carded a team-best 75.03 stroke average in his rookie season ... saw 30 of his 32 rounds count towards the team score ... was team's top finisher five times as a freshman ... part of 2002-03 freshman class that was rated first in the nation by Golfstat's Freshman Class Impact Rankings after the fall of 2002 ... his best finish came at the BIG EAST Championship, when he placed second with an 11-over par 221 (70-75-76) ... picked up all-BIG EAST honors after his finish at the conference tourney, which helped the Irish repeat as BIG EAST runners-up ... also set the pace with a sixth-place showing at the Johnny Owens Invitational, notching a nine-over par 225 (74-72-79) ... led the team with a tie for 36th place at the Conrad Rehling Invitational, firing an 11-over par 224 (72-77-75) ... shared team-high honors with Eric Deutsch at the Big Red Classic, placing 18th with a one-over par 145 (73-72) ... ranked fourth among Irish golfers in the fall with a 75.20 average ... opened the fall by finishing second among Notre Dame golfers (tied for 45th overall) with a 231 (74-80-77) at the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational ... turned in top performance of the year at the Kansas Invitational where he led the Irish with a three-over par 219 (75-69-75), good for a tie for 17th in the 81-player field ... three-under par 69 was first of two sub-70 rounds on the fall ... tied for 17th at the Fresno Lexus Golf Classic (second among Irish golfers) with a three-over par 219 (69-74-76), including his second 69 of the fall in the second round ... tied for 66th at the SMU/Stonebridge Invitational with a 232 (77-71-84) ... closed the fall with a 72nd-place finish at The Nelson Invitational with a 14-over par 227 (74-78-75).
PREP AND PERSONAL: Four-year letterwinner at Eden Prairie High School ... team captain for three seasons ... three-time all-Lake Conference selection and four-time all-state selection ... helped Eden Prairie to Class AA state titles as a freshman and as a senior ... finished sixth as a freshman (74-74-148) and was individual medalist in 2002 ... set Minnesota state record for lowest round (67) and lowest 36-hole total (139) ... shared the title at the prestigious Tri-State Tournament in Minneapolis as a senior with a 146 (73-73) ... won a Future Collegians tournament at Notre Dame in Oct. of 2001 with a 142 (71-71) prior to committing to the Irish ... advanced to the second round of match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur in July of 2001 with a 142 (75-67) ... lost in second round of match play at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, Texas ... full name is Scott Michael Gustafson ... son of Kevin and Mary Gustafson ... born May 31, 1984 in Rochester, Minn. ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, where he is pursuing a degree in accounting ... posted 3.50 GPA in fall 2005 term ... named to 2004-05 BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.