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2008-2009 Men's Golf Roster


Craig Smith

Class: r-JR.
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180 pounds
Previous School: Davidson Academy
Hometown: Springfield, Tenn.

NOTABLE
Qualified for 2007 U.S. Amateur and became the first Blue Raider to make the cut and play in the match play round of 64 ... Low medalist at Sun Belt Conference Championships as a freshman in 2007 ... Earned Sun Belt Player of the Year, First-Team All-Sun Belt and Sun Belt Freshman of the Year in 2007 ... Suffered season-ending back injury in April and missed the summer circuit ... Has enjoyed strong rehab and expected to make successful return to the links in September.


2008-09 (R-JUNIOR) 2009 Spring: Played in all seven spring events ... Highest finish was 14th (out of 71) at the All-American Classic when he shot 7-over 223 ... Posted low round of 70 at the NCAA Regional where he finished 15th (out of 75) as he shot 3-over 219 ... Fell three shots shy of advancing to the NCAA National Championships as an individual and was 2-under in the second and third rounds and tied for fifth among the field with 11 birdies ... Fired low round of 71 in second round of SBC Championships as Middle Tennessee overcame a 12-shot deficit to move into a tie for the lead entering final round ... Helped lead Middle Tennessee to the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship and SBC Championship ... Won all three matches during Callaway Collegiate Match Play competition.
2008 Fall:Played in three of the four tournaments during the fall ... Shot a season-low 8-over 221 to place 13th at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate ... Posted a season-low 70 during the last round of the fall at the Sam Hill Intercollegiate ... Turned in a 71 during the final round of the Mason Randolph Championship in Nashville and the second round of the Squire Creek Intercollegiate.


2007-08 (SOPHOMORE)
Turned in five Top 20 finishes and one Top 10 ... Ranked 15th in the final Sun Belt Conference standings with a 73.5 stroke average.
2008 Spring: Back injury cut short what was shaping into another solid season for the 2007 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year ... Turned in a 74.5 stroke average and participated in five events ... Best finish was ninth (out of 89 players) at the Ron Smith Invitational ... Finished 12th (of 78) at the Carter Plantation Intercollegiate ... Also had finishes of 26th at The All-American, 28th at the GADO North Texas Classic, and 34th at the Aldila Intercollegiate. Low round was 69, which he shot in the second round at the Ron Smith Invitational.
2007 Fall: Finished the fall ranked fifth in the Sun Belt rankings with a 72.25 stroke average, which was top on the Middle Tennessee team ... Participated in all four tournaments ... Best finish was 13th out of 95 players at Squire Creek Intercollegiate ... Shot par or better in six of 12 rounds played including shooting under par in five rounds ... Best round of fall season was 68 at Scenic City Invitational.

2006-07 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN)
2007 Spring:
Ranked 10th in Sun Belt with a 73.26 stroke average for 06-07 season ... Played in all seven spring tournaments and posted a team-best 72.1 stroke average ... Was low medalist at Sun Belt Championships with a 5-under 216 after turning in consecutive bogey-free rounds (second and third) and shooting career best 6-under 66 in the final round, which is tied for third-best round in program history ... Was named first-team All-Sun Belt and the Sun Belt's Freshman of the Year ... Turned in five Top 10 finishes out of seven tournaments, including four Top 5 finishes ... In addition to winning the Sun Belt Championship, also finished third at the All-American Intercollegiate (216), fourth at the Carter Plantation Intercollegiate (215), and fifth at the First Tee Intercollegiate (211) ... Shot par or better in 12 of 21 rounds, including seven rounds under par ... Was even or under par for four of seven tournaments.
2006 Fall: Participated in all five tournaments with a 75.2 stroke average, which was 30th among Sun Belt golfers in the fall ... Turned in his best finish in the final event of the fall with a 24th-place showing at the Sam H. Hall Invitational ... Also posted his career-best round of 69 in the final round of the Sam H. Hall Invitational ... Posted four rounds of par or better during the fall season ... Became fourth Blue Raider to qualify for the U.S. Amateur after earning low medalist honors at USGA sectional qualifying at Camp Creek golf Club in Watersound, Fla., in August.

2005-06 (FRESHMAN)
Took a redshirt season.

HIGH SHOOL
Played for Davidson Academy, where he earned Tennessee State Player of the Year honors in 2004 ... Was third team all-state in 2002 and 2003 ... Owns the school's low nine-hole average with a 31 ... Played for coach Kevin Maggard ... Advanced to match play in the 2004 U.S. Junior Championship ... Ranked as one of the top 100 prospects in the nation in 2004.

PERSONAL
Craig is majoring in Liberal Studies ... Born on July 1, 1987 ... Son of Lee and Pam Smith.