Dec. 3, 2012
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina head men's golf coach Carter Cheves has signed Evan Smith (Bluefield, W.Va./Bluefield HS) to a National Letter of Intent (NLI). Smith inked a NLI to play for the Catamounts beginning in the 2013-14 season.
"We are proud to add Evan Smith to our team next year. He is a great student and one of the best players in the state of West Virginia," said Cheves. "By graduating three seniors off this year's squad, Evan will have an opportunity to make an immediate impact in our golf program. We look forward to his arrival and welcoming him to the Catamount family."
Smith is a three-time conference champion for Bluefield High, claiming the league title as a sophomore, junior and senior. The past two seasons, Smith has finished as the runner-up in the West Virginia 2-A High School State Championship. He represented his state in both 2010 and 2011 in the Mid-Atlantic Junior Invitational - a challenge match between junior golfers from Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
Most recently, Smith was a quarterfinalist in the 2012 Virginia Junior Match Play championship, while also qualifying for the Virginia Amateur. Smith was a second alternate in the USGA Junior Amateur Qualifier, shooting rounds of 73 and 70.
During his junior career, Smith posted a 25th-place finish at the prestigious Joe Cheves Junior Invitational at the Mimosa Hills Country Club in 2012 with rounds of 70 and 75. He additionally finished fourth in the 2012 West Virginia Junior Amateur with rounds of 76 and 72. In 2010, Smith won the 2010 West Virginia Junior Amateur Championship in the 15-16 age group, while finishing tied for third in the 2011 Pocahontas Amateur Championship.
Western Carolina is coming off a very successful fall, finishing inside the top 10 in all five seasonal events including three top five finishes. The Catamounts return to action in mid-February at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate, hosted by Francis Marion in Hilton Head Island, S.C.