Aug. 3, 2012
RENO, Nev. – Former University of Nevada standout Scott Smith carded five birdies and one bogey on Friday at the Reno-Tahoe Open and scored nine points in the modified Stableford format to make the cut for the first time in a PGA Tour event.
“It’s a great relief,” Smith told media after the round. “It’s kind of a monkey off my back.”
Smith did not have any points after Thursday’s first round. Teeing off on the 10th hole on Friday, he notched birdies on 12, 13 and 17 to make the turn with six points. He played par golf until a birdie on six pushed him to eight points.
After a bogey on the tricky par-3 seventh dropped him a point, the Fallon native answered with a birdie on No.8 (his 17th hole) before narrowly missing a final birdie on the ninth hole.
His nine points were two clear of the cut line and he’ll play the weekend for the first time in his brief PGA Tour career. Smith turned pro last summer after a stellar career at Nevada. He received an exemption into last year’s RTO but did not make the cut.
Earlier this year, the Nevada graduate qualified for the U.S. Open but missed the cut at the Olympic Cut as well. Now, he’s tied for 46th heading to the weekend and guaranteed a paycheck.