Former Catamount men's golfer Steven Smith at last year's Southern Conference championship. (Photo courtesy of SoConPhotos.com)
July 11, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Former Western Carolina men's golfer Steven Smith finished fourth with an even-par tournament score of 286 (71-69-77-69) on Thursday at the Boyd Quaich Memorial Tournament contested on both the Old Course (par-72) and the New Course (par-71) at St. Andrews, Scotland in the United Kingdom.
For Smith, this year's fourth-place showing marked his third, top-five finish at the tournament. The Kirknewton, Scotland native - and 2013 graduate of WCU - placed third back in 2011 and tallied a runner-up finish in 2012.
"I was happy with my performance overall, just disappointed with my third round," said Smith via E-mail on Thursday morning. "It was nice to play well on the Old Course in the final round and again put Western Carolina's name near the top of the leader board."
He added, "I really want to offer a huge `thank you' to everyone at WCU for their support this week, and over the past two years of my college career. I hope that support will continue as I look to continue my golf career professionally."
Smith opened tournament play with a one-under par, 71, on the Old Course, sitting in a tie for fourth overall with the third-best score on the Old Course. He was just one-stroke off the lead after the first round on Tuesday. He advanced through the cut by shooting a two-under par, 69, on the par-71 New Course early on Wednesday to remain in fourth. Later on Wednesday, Smith battled through a six-over par 77 on the New Course, but remained fourth at 217 through 54 holes.
In Thursday's final round back on the Old Course, Smith posted five holes of birdie-or-better including an eagle on the par-5, 481-yard eighth hole and three-consecutive birdies on the back nine to move back to even-par for the event.
Charlie Macneal, a rising senior at Louisville and native of Ayrshire, Scotland, claimed the Quaich with an eight-under par, 278, over the four-round event, winning by seven-strokes over a two-way tie between Jordon McColl (Dundee, Scotland and Sam Houston State) and Angus Carrick (Amateur from Stirling, Scotland).