Smith Wins Public Links Championship
June 4, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Texas - Former Stephen F. Austin golfer Michael Smith made a splash this previous weekend by winning his second consecutive Public Links Championship. The Cedar Park, Texas native went 5-0 in match play at the Woodforest Golf Club, including a 5-3 victory over Calvin Clyde V (Tyler, Texas) in the final match.
Smith was able to bring the match to all square with a par on the par three third hole. Smith was able to take a one up lead on the par four fifth hole before seeing the match return to all square after his bogey on the short par four sixth hole.
The see-saw battle continued with Smith taking the next two holes to go two up heading into the par four ninth hole. Needing to take a hole heading into the back nine, Clyde did just that with a birdie on the ninth hole to bring narrow Smith's lead the only one up.
As the match continued to the back nine, Smith extended his lead to two ip once again with a par on the par five 10th hole. The pair halved the par four 11th and par three 12th holes before Smith was able to widen his lead to three up with a birdie on the par five 13th hole.
As they walked to the par four 14th hole, and with Smith holding a commanding three up lead with five holes to play, both players drives found the trees on the right side. Smith was able to hit his second shot left and hole high, whereas Clyde was forced to punch out, leaving him a dicey third shot over the creek that in front of the green. Clyde was unable to make his par putt, going 4 Down with four holes to go.
Standing on the par four 15th hole, the pair again watched their drives find the right rough. With a short right hole location, Smith put his second shot in the greenside bunker, while Clyde was unable to make the green. Still away, Clyde's third shot flew past the hole, leaving him approximately 25 feet away for par.
Calmly, Smith dug his feet in and played his third shot from the bunker to inside five feet. Clyde gave his par attempt a great roll, only to watch it not disappear into the cup. Smith was able to successfully defend his title with a 5 and 3 victory.
Smith received exemption into this year's Texas Amateur Championship, hosted by Lakewood Country Club in Dallas June 14-17. In addition to Smith, current Lumberjacks Mitchell McLeroy and Blake Pugh, and former Lumberjack Trevor Sauntry also made match play.