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Chris Smith (golfer)

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Christopher McClain Smith born April 15, 1969 is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and the Webcom Tour

Smith was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, graduating from Rochester Community High School; during his sophomore season 1985, he was the Boys State High School Champion, in his senior season 1987, he finished as the state runner-up in the boys state golf championship1 He was awarded the Fred Keesling Award following his high school career2 He attended Ohio State University, where he completed a successful collegiate career He won seven individual titles, including the 1990 Big Ten Championship, the 1991 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate and 5 other events He was a four-time All-Conference selection in the Big Ten from 1988 to 1991; his other Big Ten Awards include the 1988 Freshman of the Year, the 1990 Player of the Year and the 1990 Les Bolstad Award for lowest stroke average He was named an All-America selection in 1990 as a junior honorable mention and in 1991 as a senior first team Smith won the Indiana State Amateur Championship in 1990 and competed in the Sun Bowl Golf Classic in 1990 He was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame in 2000

In 1997, Smith became the first golfer on the Nike Tour now known as the Webcom Tour to immediately move up to the PGA Tour by way of the "battlefield promotion", which is awarded to a player who wins three tournaments in one Nike Tour season In 1997 he was named the Nike Tour Player of the Year and also led the money list

Smith has won one tournament on the PGA Tour, the 2002 Buick Classic3 Smith struggled on the PGA Tour after the win In 2004 his best result on the PGA Tour since his sole win in 2002 was when he finished 3rd place at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro

On June 21, 2009, Smith's wife was killed in an automobile accident His two children were also critically injured4

In 2013 Smith was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall Of Fame and has been quite successful in the Indiana Golf Association5 In 2014 he finished T2 in the IGA Stroke Play Series #4 at the Delaware Country Club and was his best result in any tournament since 2002

Smith held a share of the 54-hole lead at the 2015 Puerto Rico Open, but stumbled with a final-round 73 to finish T10 It was his first PGA Tour top-10 in ten years


  • 1 Amateur wins 12
  • 2 Professional wins 9
    • 21 PGA Tour wins 1
    • 22 Nike Tour wins 5
    • 23 Other wins 3
  • 3 Results in major championships
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Amateur wins 12edit

  • 1985 IHSAA Boys State Championship1
  • 1985 Indiana Boys State Junior
  • 1986 Indiana Boys State Junior
  • 1988 Western Junior
  • 1990 Indiana State Amateur, Big Ten Championship individual
  • 1991 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate
  • 1988-91 Five additional intercollegiate events

Professional wins 9edit

PGA Tour wins 1edit

No Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Jun 9, 2002 Buick Classic −12 66-69-67-70=272 2 strokes David Gossett, Pat Perez, Loren Roberts

Nike Tour wins 5edit

  • 1995 2 Nike Gateway Classic, Nike Dakota Dunes Open
  • 1997 3 Nike Upstate Classic, Nike Dakota Dunes Open, Nike Omaha Classic

Other wins 3edit

  • 1990 Indiana Match Play
  • 1992 Ohio Open
  • 1994 Ohio Open

Results in major championshipsedit

Tournament 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T76 71 DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T29 T53 DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10

See alsoedit

  • 1995 Nike Tour graduates
  • 1997 Nike Tour graduates
  • 1998 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates
  • 2000 Buycom Tour graduates
  • List of golfers with most Webcom Tour wins


  1. ^ a b "State Finals Preview: Prairie View Hosts Boys Golf Championships" PDF IHSAA June 13, 2015 
  2. ^ "Fred A Keesling Mental Attitude Award" IHSAA 
  3. ^ "Despite problems off tee, Smith wins Buick" ESPN Associated Press June 9, 2002 
  4. ^ "Smith's wife killed, children injured in car accident" PGA Tour June 22, 2015 
  5. ^ "Hall of Fame Members" Indiana Golf 

External linksedit

  • Chris Smith at the PGA Tour official site
  • Chris Smith at the Official World Golf Ranking official site

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