Monday, April 21, 2014
Scott Meddings’ name badge referred to him as “Scott, the rookie.”
Next spring, it may need to read “Scott, the defending champ.”
Goose Creek resident Scott Meddings won the third annual Lowcountry Sportsman’s Challenge, held earlier this month.
This year’s Challenge had 32 competitors from South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Missouri. Meddings was one of five first-year players.
“He was really good in everything and had some good partners too,” event organizer Mark Flory said.
The Challenge started with darts and bowling on a Friday night and wound down Saturday with golf, pool and horseshoes. For each event, participants are matched up with another Challenge competitor.
How tandems fare as a team accounts for their points in each competition. Some times the partner is good, other times not. Luck of the draw plays into the pairings.
Meddings was part of the winning team in darts (Moonshine Saloon), bowling (Royal Z) and pool (Bruce’s).
“It was totally surprising to me to win,” Meddings said. “I was just coming in expecting to meet some guys and have some fun…”
Golf was held at Pine Forest Country Club in Summerville. Horseshoes were contested in Moncks Corner at the home of Challenge participant and local horseshoe legend Bob Koontz.
It was Koontz who brought Meddings, 40, into the group.
“It was really an amazing group of guys,” Meddings said. “You would think with a group of 32 guys, you might would clash with one or two but they were all good guys from all over… I had some good teammates.”
He joined up with 2013 Sportsman champ Blake Davidson (Nashville) in darts, Rod Thomas (Merritt Island, Fla.) in bowling and 2012 Sportsman champion Duane Huggins (Goose Creek) in pool.
Goose Creek’s Jimmy Locklear, last year’s runner-up, was on the winning team in golf with Keith Hurley (Cocoa, Fla.).
Koontz and Goose Creek’s Kelvin Houston were horseshoe champs.
Nolan Huggins (St. Louis), son of the previous winner, was runner-up this year. Thomas placed third.
Flory and friends have been doing the challenges in Florida since the late 1990s.
Flory has lived in Florida most of his life after graduating from Stall High School in 1978 and Baptist College in 1983 but has plenty of old friends here.
Each spring, the Challenge brings some of them together.
“I guess some of them will be gunning for me next year,” Meddings said.