Stuart Smith Contact

Level: 2

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At the age of 3, Stuart began hitting balls in the backyard of his Los Angeles home. His family moved to Rocklin, California in 1966 into a house located on the 6th hole of Whitney Ranch Golf Club which was undoubtedly the driving force of Stuart’s love for the game. As an only child, he spent endless hours on the golf course and even laid out his own golf course in the backyard. Stuart was active in junior golf. He qualified for two US Junior Amateur Championships (1978, 79) and was the youngest winner of the Roseville City Amateur Championship (1978). Stuart played college golf at UCLA alongside teammates Corey Pavin, Steve Pate, Tom Pernice Jr., Duffy Waldorf, and Jay Delsing where he recorded the lowest round shot by a Bruin at Bel Air C.C. – 64. He went to the Round of 16 in both the Trans-Mississippi Amateur (1980) and the US Amateur (1980). Stuart graduated with a BA in Sociology and turned professional in 1984. His pursuit of the PGA Tour lasted 9 years where he went to the final qualifying stage for the PGA Tour four times (1986, 88, 89, 90) thus earning his playing privileges on the Ben Hogan Tour and Nike Tour – now known as the Nationwide Tour. Stuart played the South African Tour (1985-92) enjoying his best year in 1989 with a win in the Palabora Classic and two third place finishes ending 6th on their money list for the year. Stuart switched gears and became an assistant golf professional at Sierra View Country Club in Roseville, California in 1992. If he wasn’t going to play for a living he was certainly going to follow his passion for golf. In 1993 he left Sierra View and went cross town to a new facility Granite Bay Golf Club. Stuart spent 13 years at Granite Bay working his way up through the ranks to Director of Golf. In 2007, he moved to Reno taking on the role of Head Golf Professional at Somersett Golf and Country Club. He is currently the Director of Golf.

Stuart still enjoys being competitive and was Northern California PGA Player of the Year in 2004 earning him a spot in the 2005 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Stuart was named Sierra Nevada Junior Golf Leader (2007), Sierra Nevada Chapter Player of the Year (2009, 2012). Stuart recently was named Northern California PGA Junior Golf Leader of the Year for 2010. A tie for 12th in the 2010 Professional National Championship held at Hershey CC, Hershey PA landed Stuart in his first Major Championship – The 2011 PGA Championship. Although Stuart failed to make the 36 hole cut after rounds of 72-81 he had the experience of his life during his week at Atlanta Athletic Club. Stuart was close to doing it again in the 2011 National Club Professional Championship finishing tied for 20th – losing in a playoff to reach the PGA Championhsip held at Kiawah Island. Stuart played locally in the Reno Tahoe Open in 2012 earning the one berth offered by the Northern California PGA. Stuart was one of only four golf professionals in the country that accomplished the rare feat of qualifying to play in both the Senior PGA Championship and PGA Championship in 2013. Stuart participated in his first Senior Major Championship held at Bellerive CC in St. Louis MO by way of a tied for 22nd finish in the 2012 National Senior Professional Championship. A rare birdie on the 18th during the final round of the 2013 Professional National Championship in Sunriver, OR was enough to tie for 14th and land a spot in the 2013 PGA Championship at Oaklhill CC in Rochester, NY. Stuart’s Family accompanied him to New York and his 16 year old son Jordan got the caddy job. Stuart attributes much of his recent success to becoming a certified Level 1 instructor with AimPoint green reading as of January 2011. Stuart is currently a Level 2 instructor with AimPoint.