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    Nicole Smith     
     
      Nicole Smith
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Riverside, Calif.

High School:
Martin Luther King Jr.

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:
12/09/1986

AT TENNESSEE:

2007-08:

Best finish of the season came at the Lady Tar Heel Invitational where she tied for eighth with rounds of 74-75-69=218 (+2)...Also shot a 2-over 218 at the Cougar Classic for her season-low total...The Lady Tar Heel and Cougar Classic (t12th) were her top finishes of the season...Also helped lead Orange and White to season-best runner-up finishes at the Cougar Classic and Lady Tar Heel...Led Lady Vols at UCF Challenge with a score of 75-76-72=223 as she tied for 47th along with teammate Marci Turner...Shot a season-best 69 in the third rounds the Lady Tar Heel and the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships...Totaled a score of 223 at the Las Vegas Showdown where she finished 26th...Was 27th at Mercedes-Benz with a score of 222...Fired a 78-72-75=225 to tie for 31st at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic...Recorded a 233 to tie for 33rd at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic...Finished 58th with a 240 score at Bryan National Collegiate...Capped the season with a one-under 71 at the final round of the NCAA East Regional ... Finished 55th at the East Regional with a 231 three-day total...Earned SEC honor roll and NGCA Academic All-American honors...

2006-07:

Won her first collegiate tournament at the Fall Preview at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., with two rounds in the 60s en route to a five-under-par 211 showing, the lowest three-round total on the 2006-07 UT squad and fourth on the all-time Lady Vol list...Tabbed Golfweek National Player and Lady Vol Athlete of the Week for the win...Her opening round of 67 was the best of her career, and tied teammate Marci Turner for the best first round in Lady Vol history...Earned Honorable Mention National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-America and second team All-Southeastern Conference nods...Member of the conference honor roll and an NGCA Academic All-American...Recognized by Golfweek as an honorable mention All-American...Holed out from the fairway for eagle on the 17th hole in the final round of the Mercedes-Benz to help Tennessee get into a playoff with Georgia, shooting a team-best 69 in the final round...Added another eagle in the second round of the SEC Championships...Broke 70 a total of five times during the season, including her 67 at the Fall Preview and a trio of final-round 69s at the Cougar Classic, Fall Preview and Mercedes-Benz Championships, and an opening-round 69 at the Central Regional Championships to start UT off on the right foot...Took home a top-10 finish from the season-opening Cougar Classic, where her rounds of 77-71-69=217 (+1) were good enough for seventh place...Finished 11th at the Lady Tar Heel Invite with an eight-over-par 224 to lead her teammates...Placed in the top 24 in all but one tournament on the year...

2005-06:

Competed in all 34 rounds and earned second-team All-SEC honors in her freshman campaign...Toppled three Lady Vol tournament records by producing the lowest total by a first-year player at the Cougar Classic, Dr. Donnis Thompson and NCAA East Regionals...Shot a one-under 71 in both rounds on her first day in Orange at the Cougar Classic ending up ninth at 219 (71-71-77)...Notched a three-over 216 (72-72-72) at the Dr. Donnis Thompson...Her third-place finish in Hawaii puts the Riverside, Calif., native in a tie for the third-lowest total by a freshman at UT...Tied with teammate Violeta Retamoza for 25th at the NCAA East Regional competition...Fired a five-over-par 221 to help Tennessee claim the NCAA East Regional Championship trophy...Holds the record for the lowest score by a freshman at the NCAA East Regionals...Earned runner-up honors at the Auburn Derby Invite by registering a two-over-par 218...Led the Lady Vols at the Bryan National Collegiate with a sixth-place-tying 219...Had a great second round at the Lady Gamecock, making an eagle, nine pars and five birdies...Her three-under-par 69 on the second day landed her in a tie for eighth with a total of 222...Ended the SEC Championships with an even-par 72, securing a tie for seventh-place with a 221...Earned Academic All-SEC honors.

HIGH SCHOOL:

Led her squad to two straight league championships, winning the individual crown as a senior...Smith served as co-captain her senior campaign and was named the co-MVP... As a junior, in addition to a second-place individual showing at the league championships, Smith was named the scholar-athlete...Smith then advanced to Southern State...Played on the boys team her freshman year, receiving both the freshman of the year and scholar-athlete awards...She also tied for second at Southern State in 2001.

AMATEUR:

Tied for 18th in stroke play at the 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur after carding a one-over-par 145 though two rounds...Knocked out of match play after competing in the round of 16... Named a 2004 Rolex Jr. Honorable Mention All-American...Won the American Junior Golf Association Marsh Jr. Tournament in the summer of 2004...Took fifth at the Marshallia Ranch Junior....Smith won the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Championship along with six other titles in 2001...In claiming the CIF, she became the first freshman to do so...In 2003, she won the VJGA-SCGA Members Course and the Optimist District Qualifier...Additionally, she tied for first at the Junior World Qualifier...Smith set the course record at Morgan Run with a final-round 66 en route to a fourth-place showing in 2002...Also that year, Smith claimed a pair of runner-up finishes...In spring 2005, Smith won the Kathy Whitworth Invitational and the tied for fourth at the AJGA's Heather Farr Classic with rounds of 72 and 69...She also claimed 11th at the Mission Hills Desert Junior with rounds of 78, 79 and 76.

PERSONAL:

Majoring in perspectives in human relations and culture...Highest golf ambition is to play on the LPGA Tour...Enjoys horseback riding, going to the beach, swimming and hanging out with her friends...Lists Annika Sorenstam as her biggest sports influence because she is an awesome player and a nice person...Has one brother, Justin, 18...Daughter of Marc and Michelle Smith...Born Nicole Noelle Smith on Dec. 9, 1986, in Fullerton, Calif.

Collegiate Quick Facts

Rounds97
Strokes7,262
Average74.87
Rounds of par or under25
Low Round67; 2006 Fall Preview
Low Tournament211; 2006 Fall Preview
Top-10 finishesNine
Best Finish1st; 2006 Fall Preview

Scorecard

2007-08
Cougar Classict12th72-72-74=218
Lady Tar Heelt8th74-75-69=218
Mercedes-Benzt27th74-79-69=222
Las Vegas Showdownt26th75-75-73=223
Lady Puerto Ricot31st78-72-75=225
UCF Challenget47th75-76-72=223
Liz Murpheyt33rd77-80-76=233
Bryan National 58th80-76-84=240
NCAA East Regionalt55th82-78-71=231
Low Round69 (Lady Tar Heel and Mercedes-Benz)
Low Total218 (Cougar Classic and Lady Tar Heel)
2006-07
Cougar Classict7th77-71-69=217
Fall Preview1st67-75-69=211
Lady Tar Heelt11th76-74-74=224
Mercedes-Benzt23rd80-77-69=226
Auburn Derby t21st80-73=153
Arizona Wildcat t20th74-76-74=224
SunTrust Lady Gatort19th79-75-71=225
LSU/Clevelandt14th74-77-71=222
Bryan Nationalt24th75-80-74=229
SEC Champs.t14th75-74-73=222
NCAA C. Regionalt15th69-76-77=222
NCAA Champs.t69th74-76-81-79=310
Low Round67 (Fall Preview)
Low Total211 (Fall Preview)
2005-06
Cougar Classict9th71-71-77=219
Lady Tar Heelt54th83-77-75=235
Mercedes-Benz71st78-93-75=246
Auburn Derbyt2nd75-71-72-218
Arizona Wildcatt47th72-73-78=223
Lady Gamecockt8th74-69-79=222
Dr. Donnis Thompson3rd72-72-72=216
Bryan National t6th74-70-75=219
SEC Champs.t7th78-71-72=221
NCAA E. Regionalt25th71-72-78=221
NCAA Champs.t43rd77-70-77-78=302
Low Round69 (Lady Gamecock)
Low Total216 (Dr. Donnis Thompson)

YEARRNDSSTKSAVGLOW
2007-0827203375.3069
2006-0736268774.6467
2005-0634254274.7669
TOTALS97726274.8767
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