Bobcat Golfer Smith Qualifies for US Amateur

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Rising sophomore Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) of the Georgia College & State University golf squad has qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship after his fourth-place finish at the Dahlonega qualifier, held at Achasta Golf Club Aug. 9-10.

Smith shot a six-under 135 on the par-70, 6,861-yard course. He was consistent, carding a 67 followed by a second-round 68. He posted five birdies on day one and four on the second day of action.

He now advances to the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship, held at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. Aug. 23-29. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, Chambers Bay is a par-71, 7,742-yard course with a beautiful view of the Puget Sound that will play host the 2015 U.S. Open.

“Smitty has duplicated something that only two other Bobcat golfers have done in the history of the program,” said Bobcat head coach Jimmy Wilson. “We know that he will represent the university in an outstanding way. I feel as though this could jump-start “Smitty” for the upcoming season. The whole team is very proud of his accomplishment.”

Georgia College starts the 2010 season Sept. 6-7 at the Kiawah Island Invitational, hosted by USC Aiken.

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