Montgomery Catholic golfer Grant Smith has recently made great strides within his sport. These strides include taking multiple victories in Alabama tournaments and committing to play Division 1 golf at Louisiana Tech University. Smith started playing at two years old and hasn’t put the clubs down since. He explains that his dad got him into the sport and continues to be a big motivator within his golf endeavors. Smith explains that he practices six times a week, and his day is not complete without being on the course. Having played on MCPS’s team since 7th grade, Smith has not lost passion for the sport and is a significant asset to the team.
His hard work and practice have paid off. Smith has taken first place in four tournaments within this year alone. Continuing a family legacy, Smith beat out 56 other participants in the Dixie Junior Invitational in Selma, Alabama, with an ending score of five-under-par. His brother, Drew Smith (MCPS Class of 2019) won the same tournament just two years ago. Before this, he earned first place in the Prattville Invitational, which had around 120 participants. Grant also beat all of his opponents in this year’s Blue-Gray tournament, which had about 130 participants. He even managed first place in the 2020 Red Devil invitational in Phenix City, which had around 80 participants.
Grant has also recently committed to play golf for Louisiana Tech University. Louisiana Tech is located in Ruston, Louisiana. He states that “the facilities they have are awesome,” and “the coach is a great guy.” Smith’s consistency and improvement these past two years drew the Louisiana Tech coach to him. Smith says that it has been his dream to play golf at a Division 1 school, and he is thankful that his dream is coming to life. Some goals Smith has for the future include being the Conference USA Freshmen of the Year when he attends Louisiana Tech.
Smith stated that his favorite thing about golf is the fact that it is an individual sport. When he slips up, he has “only [himself] to blame.” He explains he enjoys being able to work on self-improvement within the game continually. Smith has aspirations to play professional golf and continues to work to improve every day. He is excited to play at the collegiate level in the fall and challenge himself against the athlete’s caliber. He is even more excited to finish out his season at Montgomery Catholic.