Smith was awarded one of just four unrestricted exemptions to play in this year’s event. Smith is the second golfer to receive an unrestricted exemption, with the first going to Pac-10 champion Martin Trainer.
Smith has been a highly decorated and well-liked player at UNR. The business management major received his fourth All-WAC Academic award in 2011 and was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Throughout his career, Smith also has collected numerous awards for his talent and play on the golf course. In high school, Smith was the 2006 Nevada state individual champion, which helped propel his Fallon team to the state title. During his senior year at UNR, Smith led the team with an under par 71.27 stroke average and was selected to the All-WAC first team. Smith won the 2010 Nevada State Amateur tournament in Las Vegas and came in second at the Nevada State Match Play Championship. Smith also earned one of only 10 at-large bids to play in the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Sante Fe, Calif.
“Words cannot even describe how thankful and excited I am to have received this exemption,” Smith said. “The chance to play in the Reno-Tahoe Open, an actual PGA Tour event, is more than I could have ever dreamed of. My goal is to make the cut and hold my own against this amazingly talented field of players. This is a big step for me and one that I am so grateful to the Reno-Tahoe Open for.”
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