June 22, 2005
TOYOTA, Japan –
Nicholas Smith, an incoming freshman who has signed a National Letter of Intent to play golf at Florida State, shot a 75 and has helped the United States into a tie for first place in the team standings after the first round of the Toyota Junior World Cup Championship at the Chukyo Golf Course. The United States was tied with England, Argentina and Columbia for first place after the first 18 holes of the 72-hole, four-day event.
Smith earned nine pars and three birdies on the par 72, 6,886-yard course. He carded a 40 (par 36) on the front nine to begin the round and closed with a 35 (par 36) to close the round. Smith earned birdies on the par three 13th, the par five 15th and the par four 17th holes as he masterfully played the second half of the course. He played the final eight holes of the day at three under par.
Smith played the first round with Thomas Sherreard of England and Esteban Martinez of Argentina. Sherreard carded a three-over par 75 and was tied with Smith while Martinez was one stroke behind his playing partners after carding a four-over par 76.
Smith (Ocala, Fla.) and his U.S. teammates Erik Flores (seven-under par 65), Mathew Swann (73) and Michael Green (74) finished with a team total of 212 in the first round. Flores held a one-stroke lead over Juan Pablo Solis of Mexico who shot an six under-par 66 in the first round in the individual standings.
The United States is the defending champion in the event after holding off South Africa to win the 2004 Toyota Junior Wolf Cup Championship. 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.
2005 Toyota Junior World Cup Team Standings
June 21-24, 2005/Toyota, Japan/Chukyo Golf Club
T1 United States 212 T9 Japan 223
T1 England 212 T9 Canada 223
T1 Argentina 212 T9 South Africa 223
T1 Columbia 212 T9 Spain 223
5 Mexico 214 13 India 227
T6 New Zealand 219 14 Zimbabwe 230
T6 Belgium 219
8 Chinese Taipei 220