Smith Earns Invitation To NCAA Tournament

RENO, Nev. – Senior Scott Smith was selected Monday to compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships. Smith earned an at-large bid to the event and will compete at the San Diego Region May 19-21 at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Sante Fe, Calif.

This is the third straight year a Nevada individual has earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Regionals and the second time for Smith, who was also selected in 2009. Last year, Jared Becher was selected and finished in a tie for fifth at Regionals.

Smith led Nevada with a 72.5 stroke average this season and is a three-time All-WAC performer, including twice as a first-team selection.

“It was a little nerve-racking listening to the announcements and waiting to hear my name called,” Smith said. “I am excited to be able to play again because I didn’t play that well at the WAC Championships and that’s not how I wanted my college career to end. At the same time, I’m not thinking that Regionals will be my last tournament. I’m ready to get down there and compete.”

The San Diego Region will be hosted by UCSD and features 13 teams and 10 individuals. Smith was the fourth individual selected of the 10 at the regional location. It is one of six regional sites and the top five teams from each region along with the low individual not on one of those teams will advance to the NCAA Championships at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla.

The San Diego Region includes a number of top teams, including UCLA, Texas and USC, among others.

“There is a lot of great competition but the great thing about this game is everyone starts off at even par,” first-year Nevada coach Jacob Wilner said. “This is awesome for Scott and I am excited that he has this chance to go to Regionals again. Scott is a great representative of this university, both academically and athletically and I’m proud of everything he has accomplished.”

Smith, a Fallon native and product of Churchill County High School, is a three-team Academic All-WAC honoree and will likely earn his fourth-straight honor this year. He is set to graduate on Saturday with a degree in business and a minor in gaming.

New Mexico State earned the WAC’s automatic bid while San Jose State was selected as an at-large team. Fresno State and Idaho each had an individual earn an at-large bid like Nevada.

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