Nov. 3, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State freshman Nicholas Smith was named a Rolex Junior All-American for the fourth consecutive year by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). Smith finished his final season on the Junior circuit (ages 13-19) with a second place finish at the First American Title Junior Classic and a third place showing at the Western Junior Amateur in 2005. Smith finished his career in the AJGA with 12 top-10 finishes, including a tournament win at the 2002 Avila Junior Classic.
He joins an impressive list of former Junior All-Americans that includes current PGA Tour stars Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, David Toms, and Sergio Garcia among others. This years’ edition of the team will be recognized at the Rolex Junior All-American Awards Banquet on Nov. 20 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center in Jekyll Island, Ga.
Smith helped lead the United States to the team title at the Junior World Cup Championship at Chukyo Golf Course during the summer of 2005. The U.S. team won the event for the second consecutive season and established tournament records for most strokes under par (40) and largest margin of victory (12 strokes) in winning the 14-team event.
Smith (Belleview, Fla.) has already begun to establish himself at Florida State, boasting a 73.78 scoring average and recording two top-25 finishes this fall in only his first semester of collegiate play. He shot a three-under par 68 on Sept. 12 at the Tournament of Champions to tie teammates Song Jeon and Torstein Nevestad for the lowest round by a Seminole during the fall season.
Smith and the Seminoles are now off until the calendar turns to 2006, when they open the spring tournament season with the Gator Invitational in Gainesville on February 18.