Tag Archives: Nate Smith

May
2
2013

Nate Smith bag

When Nate Smith, who earned a spot in the Wells Fargo Championship by firing 63 in the Monday Qualifier, walked into the locker room on Wednesday afternoon, he found his new golf bag with a note (pictured above) attached, “All players, please sign for charity auction. Nate Smith, you’re welcome.”

Nate had left the bag he was using for his tournament next to his locker and when his buddy James Hahn came across it, he saw it as an opportunity to get Nate back for a prank earlier in the day.

Turns out it may have brought some good juju, as Nate shot a five-under 67 to share the first-round lead with seven other players, including world no. 2 Rory McIlroy.

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Nov
16
2012

Tensions and emotions ran high on Friday in the final round at Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club in Plantation, Florida (near Fort Lauderdale), one of the six sites around the country holding the second stage of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament, known fondly as “Q-school.”

There’s always an enormous amount of pressure for players trying to advance to finals, but this year there seems to be even more than usual. Why? The reply was simple: “It’s the last year” or “It’s the last chance.” (Or as I like to call it: “Q-school deathwatch.”)

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Nov
29
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Behind the Scenes

Just another day in paradise!

While the majority of the media corps arrived in the L.A. area for the Chevron World Challenge, Tiger’s money-grab event (but proceeds all go to charity so hooray!), I stepped off a plane about two hours east in Palm Springs for my second-favorite tournament of the year (fave is the British Open), PGA Tour Q-School finals at PGA West. Which might seem strange to some, but I love the atmosphere, the concept of 150-plus guys — most of whom had to endure the first- and second- stages — whittled down from an original pool of thousands, with some fighting for a shot at livin’ the dream (for the first, fourth or tenth time) , others trying to get their jobs back and just one playing out of boredom.

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Jun
25
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Ace for Nate Smith. What does he win? A pat on the back!

It’s not as bizarre as two random golfers from Kansas hitting back-to-back aces, but two PGA Tour players made holes-in-ones on two different holes on Saturday during the third round of the Travelers Championship. DJ Brigman, who teed off No. 10, got off to a nice start, knocking in a 9-iron on the 142-yard 11th, which boasted many near aces today (gettable front pin).

Four hours later, Nate Smith, who birdied the last two holes of the second round to make the cut, hit a 3-hybrid into 221-yard 5th, one of the more difficult holes at TPC River Highlands, for the second ace of the day.

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Jan
19
2011

Rookies Keegan Bradley, Jamie Lovemark, Nate Smith play a practice round at Sony Open

Ask any PGA Tour player and 9 of 10 will tell you the PGA Tour can be a very lonely place, especially for rookies trying to adjust to life in the big leagues. Most guys travel with their significant others and families, which makes after-golf socializing rarer than you might think (unless you’re European, of course). But friendships forged on the Nationwide Tour, the minors, have created a strong bond between some players, making the transition easier right out the gate.

Take Jamie Lovemark (22), Keegan Bradley (24), Nate Smith (27) and Chris “Bobby” Baryla (28, who is still considered a rookie because he only made seven starts before taking a major medical exemption), for example. The four rookies, along with Lovemark’s babysitter manager, Ben Walter, rented an unbelievable house on the water in Honolulu for the week of the Sony Open.

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Jan
18
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Nate Smith: Left? Not again!

Rookie Nate Smith played in his first career PGA Tour event last week at the Sony Open. He fired five-under 65 in the opening round (mind you, he jumped off a cliff with a spear gun, trying to catch a fish just a day earlier). Because of the weather, Thursday’s first round was washed out and the guys played 36 holes on Sunday to finish the event. Nate shot 65-68-69-74 and placed T42. Check out his thoughts on the final day and his first tournament in the big league.

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Jan
16
2011

Stuart Appleby's best finish at the Sony Open was in 2000 when he placed 2nd

Shigeki Maruyama? Stuart Appleby? What year is it? 2001? Playing the morning wave at Waialae Country Club, Maruyama shot another five-under 65 to take the clubhouse lead early in the second round of the Sony Open. With blustery conditions developing in the afternoon, Appleby posted an impressive four-under 66 to tie him at 10-under at the event’s halfway mark.

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Jan
15
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Nate Smith reacts to draining a putt at the WNB Golf Classic for his first Nationwide Tour victory last September

One day PGA Tour rookie Nate Smith goes fishing and jumps off cliffs into the Pacific Ocean with a spear in hand. The next, he plays in his career-first round on the PGA Tour and shoots five-under 65 (T2) at Waialae Country Club to kick off the Sony Open. No big deal. Check out Nate’s account of his day.

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Jan
14
2011

Nate Smith had an eventful rain day

With Thursday at the Sony Open washed out and the practice areas closed, the players found ways to entertain themselves in Hawaii. I spoke with several rookies and second-year PGA Tour players on what they did, but by far, Nate Smith, who finished T11 at Q-School, had the most adventurous day.

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Dec
6
2010
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Post-round hug!

108 holes later, there were 29 happy guys awarded PGA Tour cards. Like I mentioned earlier, the cut-off was 9-under for the group. There were 26 players that were 10-under, but two of those guys, Michael Putnam and Justin Hicks, had already earned their cards by finishing in the top-25 on the Nationwide Tour money list, so they didn’t count towards the total of 25. Thanks to Putnam and Hicks the cut moved to 9-under and allowed three extra players, Scott Gordon, Billy Horschel and Will Stricker, to collect their 2011 cards. Here’s the full list (total career starts):

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