AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Former Fort Mill High golfer Lauren Smith has been named the interim women's golf coach at Augusta State University.
Smith began her duties Jan. 7. She replaced Laura Coble, who resigned Nov. 27 after 16 months on the job.
"I'm very excited to be back at Augusta State, where I began my college golf career," said Smith, who earned a degree in biology from ASU in May 2006. "Although I'm here in a different capacity, it still feels like home. There have been some amazing changes to the program since I was last here. I've met with all the ladies now and can't wait to get started and enjoy the experience and my time with the team."
Smith, a four-year letter-winner, culminated her college career by being selected to the 2006 NCAA championship as an individual.
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As a senior, she led the Lady Jaguars to their first NCAA postseason appearance in the program's first year of eligibility. ASU finished 11th in the 2006 NCAA East Regional at Bryan Park Golf Club in Browns Summit, N.C., falling just four strokes shy of advancing to the NCAA championship. Smith tied for sixth individually, posting a one-under 215 (70-72-73) to qualify for the individual championship.
Smith put together one of the top seasons in the young history of the women's golf program as a senior. She posted two top-five, five top-10 and eight top-20 finishes. She won her first collegiate event on ASU's home course, capturing the Lady Jaguar Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club.
"She's not only a good golfer, she's a very good person,'' Fort Mill coach Steve Gribble said. "She's very deserving of the opportunity, and we here in Fort Mill are very proud of her.''