SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Charleston Southern men's golfer Brandon Smith achieved low amateur status at this week's Arizona Open Championship. Smith, a junior entering his first season at CSU, tied for seventh overall in a 156-competitior field featuring several former PGA Tour pros and numerous top college players from Power Five conference programs.
Smith completed the 54-hole championship at -4 thanks to a four-under 66 in Wednesday's final round at Troon Country Club. Australian Jake Younan captured medalist honors with a composite score of -12. Kirk Triplett, who currently ranks 16th on the Champions Tour money list, tied for fourth.
Smith's showing was especially impressive considering it was his first pro tournament. The Odessa College transfer will arrive at CSU tonight fresh off some of his best golf of the summer.
"I was pretty happy with how I played, even though I didn't get a practice round in," Smith said. "After the first round, I got in a groove, figured out what my game plan was going to be and executed it pretty well."
Smith hails from Las Vegas and is one of six newcomers on the Bucs' 2018-19 roster. He enjoyed a decorated two-year career at Odessa in West Texas, helping the school finish fourth at last spring's NJCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship. Smith placed fourth as an individual.
"I had a good experience at Odessa and now I'm excited to get to Charleston and start playing Division I golf for (CSU head coach) Jason Payne," Smith said. "From the very beginning of the recruiting process, he showed a very big interest in getting me down there. It seems like he really cares about his players and I'm excited to be part of the program."
Smith and the Bucs open their fall season Sept. 9-11 at the Kiawah Invitational, played at The Ocean Course.