Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith
Height: 6-0
Weight: 195
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Gray, Tenn.
High School: Daniel Boone HS
Major: Business Administration

2016-17: Enters his senior season with a 75.42 stroke average which is currently the 12th lowest in program history... Seven career sub-par rounds are the 10th most in program history.

2015-16: Finished third on the team with his 75.42 scoring average while playing in all 11 events this year... Six top-20 finishes, including four times in the top-10 and twice in the top-five... Tied for fourth place at the Tusculum Fall Classic, including a season-best 68 in the opening round... Finished fourth at the Pioneer Classic with a one-under par total of 139... Tied for sixth at the Walters State Invitational and eighth at the Fincastle Collegiate Invitational... GCAA All-America Scholar.

2014-15: One of only two players on the Tusculum roster to play in all 11 events... Posted a 76.1 scoring average... Recorded six top-20 finishes, including three times in the top-10 and once in the top-five... Carded a season-low round of 68 (-3) in the opening round of the Tusculum Fall Classic... Tied for sixth place at the Tusculum Invitational with 73-70=143 (+1)... Tied for fith at the Etowah Challenge with 75... Finished 9th at the SAC Championship and helped the Pioneers to the program's first SAC title... Earned a spot on the SAC All-Tournament Second Team with rounds of 75-76=151... 80th at the NCAA II Regional with 83-75-75=233... Shot 68 in the second round of the Hargett Memorial Invitational.

2013-14: Joined the Pioneers in the spring semester where he played in two events (5 rounds) and finsihed with a 77.6 scoring average... Tied for 56th place at the Tusculum Invitational with 77-80=157... Finished 57th at the Spring Kickoff Intercollegiate with 73-79-79=231... Qualified for the 2014 Tennessee State Amateur in the summer and finished 33rd with 67-76-74-78=295.

High School: Graduated from Daniel Boone HS in Gray, Tenn... Coached by Scott Martin... TSSAA State qualifier... Finished third at the regional championship... Tournament of Champions qualifier... Two-time runner-up at the Farmers and Miners Invitational... Played on the prep diamond for the Trailblazers where he was coached by Rob Hoover... Batted .439 with 19 doubles (1st in the State), six home runs (1st on conference) and 35 RBI as a junior... Earned 2012 All-Conference honors and was named to the District All-Tournament Team... Garnered All-State second team and All-Region accolades in 2012... Originally signed to play baseball at Milligan College.

Personal: Full name: Garland Taylor Smith... Born May 30, 1995... Son of Charles and Rita Smith... Majoring in business administration... SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll... Athletic Director's Honor Roll... Dean's List... Charles Oliver Gray Honors List... Community service: Volunteer at Morning Pointe Assisted Living... Hobbies: Fishing, hiking, traveling... Future plans: Law school and be a succesful golfer... Favorite class at Tusculum: Organizational Behavior; Economics; Favorite midnight snack: Cookies; Favorite book: "Golf is Not a Game of Perfect" by Bob Rotella; Favorite movie: "Tin Cup"; Favorite musical artist: Kenny Chesney; Favorite song: "Big Poppa" by the BIG; Favorite sports teams: Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys; Taylor can't go a week without: Golf and being outside; Favorite athlete: Roy McAvoy (from "Tin Cup"); Most thrilling moment in sports: Winning the 2015 SAC Championship and holing out a bunker shot on the 15th hole in the final round at Firethorn CC; Favorite Tusculum moment: Ping-Pong with the golf team; Advice to kids: "If you are nervous, just remember everyone else is too"; Favorite color: Blue; Favorite food: Southern Food; Favorite sport other than golf: Baseball and Tennessee Football; People Taylor most admires: His parents and Ciara Rattana; Most famous person Taylor has ever met: Pat Summit; Toughest opponent Taylor has ever played against: Lawrence Largent; What people don't know about Taylor: He knows a lot of songs from any genre; When he was a kid, Taylor tried to be like: Chipper Jones.