Smith wins inaugural Smoky Mountain Amateur

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Tusculum College’s Taylor Smith shot a four-under par score of 139 to win the inaugural Smoky Mountain Amateur this weekend..

Smith, a rising junior from Gray, Tennessee, carded a final round four-under par 67 in Sunday’s final round held at Gatlinburg Country Club to win medalist honors by one shot.  He posted an opening day 72 at the Sevierville Golf Club.

The Daniel Boone High School graduate finished fourth on the team last season with his 76.13 stroke average.  His six top-20 performances were second-most on the team, including three top-10 finishes.

He finished fifth at the Etowah Spring Challenge and followed that with a ninth place showing at the South Atlantic Conference Championship, earning him a spot on the SAC All-Tournament second team.  He tied for sixth place at the Tusculum Invitational this past spring and 11th at the Hargett Memorial Invitational.

Smith and the Pioneers recorded one of the finest seasons in program history in 2014-2015 as Tusculum won a school-record five tournaments, including the SAC Championship.  TC also earned a berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in program history.

Smith is majoring business administration and is a member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

Tusculum opens its season Sep. 14-15 at the Kiawah Island Invitational in South Carolina.

(Courtesy Tusculum Athletics)

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