May 10, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Nicholas Smith, an incoming freshman for the men’s golf team at Florida State University, has been named to the 2005 USA Junior World Cup Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America and the Junior Orange Bowl Committee. The honor is bestowed on the nation’s top four graduating high school seniors who will compete against the junior national teams from Argentina, Austria, Japan, Canada, Columbia, Italy, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain and Mexico. The event is scheduled for June 21-24 at the Chuko Country Club in Toyota, Japan.
“Being named to the Junior World Cup team is the biggest honor I have ever earned while playing the sport I love,” said Smith. “It will be an incredible honor to represent the United States in competition against the greatest junior golfers in the country. I am thankful for the opportunity and look forward to meeting new people, learning about a different culture and traveling to one of the most beautiful countries in the world.”
Smith (Ocala, Fla.) will participate in the event with Erik Flores (Grass Valley, Cal./signed to attend UCLA beginning in the fall of 2005), Michael Green (Augusta, Ga./signed to attend Georgia beginning in the fall of 2005) and Matthews Swan (Montgomery, Ala./signed to attend Alabama beginning in the fall of 2005). The team is coached by Scott Moe of Gustavus Adolphus College.
Smith is a four-time America Junior Golf Association All-American who currently attends Belleview High School. He was an AJGA All-America Third Team selection in 2004 and holds a +4 handicap. Smith is the top ranked prep player in the state of Florida. He earned a pair of tied for fifth place finishes at the Rolex Tournament of Champions and the HP Boy’s Junior Championship in 2004. He carded his career-low score of 67 at the Rolex event and has carded seven rounds of sub-70 scores in the last two years and carded back-to-back scores of 69 as he finished in a tied for third place at the First American Title Avila Junior Classic in 2003.
The United States held off a late charge by South Africa to win the 2004 Toyota Junior Wolf Cup Championship last year. It marked the first time the U.S had won the event since 2000 and sixth time in the history of the event it had won the championship. The United States led the 2004 event wire-to-wire and finished with a World Junior Golf Cup record 25-under par team score of 839.
“This is a great honor and we are very excited for Nicholas,” said Seminole Head Coach Trey Jones. “His selection to this team is not only a tribute to his tremendous playing abilities but also his outstanding character. We are very excited that he has chosen to become a Seminole and feel strongly that he will have a tremendous impact on our team beginning this fall,”