Spencer Smith has had an amazing summer in golf and is now scoring some strong runs with the Mercer Island High School team.
At one of his junior summer tournaments in Encinitas, California, Islander scooped a top-nine bird during one 18-hole round on his way to fourth out of 63 players. He was the top American player in the three-day tournament, which featured a large number of international golfers at Pala Mesa Golf Course.
Also during the summer, he fired two under-par to win one 18-hole course at Washington Junior Golf Club at Jefferson Golf Course in Seattle.
“I had a lot of momentum,” said Smith, who bounced off a broken collarbone last summer to shine this time around. “Summer kind of opened my eyes to my potential and I think I have the most confidence in my game ever at this point. I’m just rolling around and trying to do my best now and it pays off.”
The Islander’s first team captain goals of the season provide an under-scoring average throughout the entire campaign, recurring as 3A State Champions with his teammates and winning the first KingCo team.
At the time of publication, the Islanders were generally 5-1 in the nine-hole competition, with Smith taking a medal three times and scoring twice under par.
Over two 18-hole rounds in the state in May, the Islanders took first place with 569 points and Mead finished second with 585 points at Liberty Lake Golf Course. Smith finished third with a 66-72-138 and drilled eight birds during the first round.
Other top islanders returning this season include Evan Ooty, juniors Wonjun Seo, Elliot Hwang and Brian Murdoch. Graduate Ethan Evans ranked second statewide and now plays golf at Duke University.
The reporter asked Smith a series of questions to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into his life:
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Maybe just the old “hard work” pays off. This really popped up for me during my golf career, because I started late. I first picked up a club when I was 13, so I had to catch up with a lot of kids who played their whole life. So I just had to work twice as hard to get to where I am now, but I’ve seen it pay off on the golf course, which is great.
What is your favorite subject or subjects in school?
I’d say PE, but I’m probably the best at math.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I want to run my own company or business, which is something I am very passionate about. I really want to be interested in what I do at work. Maybe I want to live somewhere where I can have a lot of fun outside of work, like Seattle where I can ski and golf. (On the potential business front, he’s now interested in renewable energy.)
What skill would you like to learn?
I would like to be able to play the piano.
What is the largest pet?
When people eat and drink really loud.
What is the most important TV series to you?
My favorite show is “The Office”, I just love the dry humour.
If you could go to dinner with one person, who would it be?
I’d like to go to dinner with Michael Jordan. Hopefully on his golf course in Florida.
You can show him a thing or two on the course.
I don’t know, it’s very good. Rumor has it that he set up that course to play perfectly with his style, so he always gets to beat people up.