Chris Smith (golfer)
|Full name||Christopher McClain Smith|
April 15, 1969 |
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)|
|College||Ohio State University|
|Current tour(s)||Web.com Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|U.S. Open||T60: 1997|
|The Open Championship||71st: 2003|
|PGA Championship||T29: 2001|
|Achievements and awards|
|Big Ten Freshman of the Year||1988|
|Big Ten Player of the Year||1991|
leading money winner
Player of the Year
Smith was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, graduating from Rochester Community High School; during his sophomore season (1985), he was the Boys State High School Champion, in his senior season (1987), he finished as the state runner-up in the boys state golf championship. He was awarded the Fred Keesling Award following his high school career. He attended Ohio State University, where he completed a successful collegiate career. He won seven individual titles, including the 1990 Big Ten Championship, the 1991 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate and 5 other events. He was a four-time All-Conference selection in the Big Ten from 1988 to 1991; his other Big Ten Awards include the 1988 Freshman of the Year, the 1990 Player of the Year and the 1990 Les Bolstad Award for lowest stroke average. He was named an All-America selection in 1990 as a junior (honorable mention) and in 1991 as a senior (first team). Smith won the Indiana State Amateur Championship in 1990 and competed in the Sun Bowl Golf Classic in 1990. He was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame in 2000.
In 1997, Smith became the first golfer on the Nike Tour (now known as the Web.com Tour) to immediately move up to the PGA Tour by way of the "battlefield promotion", which is awarded to a player who wins three tournaments in one Nike Tour season. In 1997 he was named the Nike Tour Player of the Year and also led the money list.
Smith has won one tournament on the PGA Tour, the 2002 Buick Classic. Smith struggled on the PGA Tour after the win. In 2004 his best result on the PGA Tour since his sole win in 2002 was when he finished 3rd place at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro.
On June 21, 2009, Smith's wife was killed in an automobile accident. His two children were also critically injured.
In 2013 Smith was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall Of Fame and has been quite successful in the Indiana Golf Association. In 2014 he finished T2 in the IGA Stroke Play Series #4 at the Delaware Country Club and was his best result in any tournament since 2002.
Amateur wins (12)
- 1985 IHSAA Boys State Championship
- 1985 Indiana (Boys) State Junior
- 1986 Indiana (Boys) State Junior
- 1988 Western Junior
- 1990 Indiana State Amateur, Big Ten Championship (individual)
- 1991 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate
- 1988-91 Five additional intercollegiate events
Professional wins (9)
PGA Tour wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Jun 9, 2002||Buick Classic||−12 (66-69-67-70=272)||2 strokes||David Gossett, Pat Perez, Loren Roberts|
Nike Tour wins (5)
- 1995 (2) Nike Gateway Classic, Nike Dakota Dunes Open
- 1997 (3) Nike Upstate Classic, Nike Dakota Dunes Open, Nike Omaha Classic
Other wins (3)
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T76||71||DNP|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
- 1995 Nike Tour graduates
- 1997 Nike Tour graduates
- 1998 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates
- 2000 Buy.com Tour graduates
- List of golfers with most Web.com Tour wins
- "State Finals Preview: Prairie View Hosts Boys Golf Championships" (PDF). IHSAA. June 13, 2015.
- "Fred A. Keesling Mental Attitude Award". IHSAA.
- "Despite problems off tee, Smith wins Buick". ESPN. Associated Press. June 9, 2002.
- "Smith's wife killed, children injured in car accident". PGA Tour. June 22, 2015.
- "Hall of Fame Members". Indiana Golf.