July 9, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Former Western Carolina men's golfer - and 2013 WCU graduate - Steven Smith will compete in the Boyd Quaich Memorial Golf Tournament beginning today (July 9) through July 11 over both the Old and New courses in St. Andrews, Scotland in the United Kingdom. Smith, who is making his third appearance in the tournament field, is among 72 men's golfers vying for the 2013 championship.
Smith, a native of Kirknewton, Scotland, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from WCU back in May. He played two seasons at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, which is approximately 31 miles from St. Andrews, before transferring for his final two years as a collegian.
A combined 30 players will make the cut following the first 36 holes to vie for the championship through a final two round, 36 holes of play. The first qualifying round is scheduled for Tuesday, July 9 with the second and third rounds slated for Wednesday, July 10. The final 18 holes will be contested on Thursday, July 11.
All competitors, playing in threesomes, will play one round over the Old Course and one over the New Course, the field being halved and both courses played simultaneously. The top 30 competitors then play the third round over the New Course and the fourth round over the Old Course.
The two courses which border on the edge of the North Sea are among the most prestigious in all of golf.
Founded in 1946 in memory of two St Andrews students - Quentin Douglas Boyd and Anthony Persse Boyd - who were killed during WWII, the Boyd Quaich Memorial is an international invitation competition to which Universities are invited to send two male competitors. Competitors play for the title and the tournament's trophy "Quaich," which is a shallow, two-handed drinking cup common for Scotland where the tournament is held.
A year ago at the 2012 Boyd Quaich Tournament, Smith led through the opening three rounds before being caught on the final 18 holes. Smith, who was also a top-five finisher in the 2011 Boyd Quaich, finished tied with three players after shooting rounds of 69, 70, 71 and a final round 74. The tie was broken by comparing the final two tournament rounds on the scorecards with Oliver Roberts of the University of Stirling named the tournament champion.
Smith, who according to records was just the third foreign-born WCU men's golfer since 2000, finished his career ranked ninth on WCU's program record book with a scoring average of 75.38 (3,543 strokes through 47 career rounds). He was ranked second on the 2012-13 squad with a 74.75 stroke average, competing in all 11 tournaments and carding his career-low round of 69 three times as a senior. Smith's best career finish came back in October of 2012 as he placed tied for 11th at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate at the Mimosa Hills Golf & Country Club.
Fans can follow all four rounds of the tournament with live scoring: Live Scoring