Golf: Smith chosen to all-region team for third time


Jeff Helsel

(FILE) Ryan Smith, Cal U men's golf team, at the NCAA Atlantic/East Region Championships at Totteridge Golf Club, Greensburg, Pa. on May 9, 2019.

Matthew Kifer, Sports Information Director

California University of Pennsylvania senior Ryan Smith was recently tabbed to the PING all-region team for the third-straight year announced the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).

Smith set a career-best scoring average of 74.9 strokes while playing five events in the fall. He carded a team-best score at the opening three events of the year, finishing among the top five twice. In October, Smith tied the lowest round of his career by firing a three-under 69 in the second round of The Griffin Invitational. He finished the event tied for fourth overall with a three-under 213 (73-69-71) after tallying a school-record 20 birdies over 54 holes.

A Hamburg product, Smith closed his career with a scoring average of 75.5 strokes to rank second among all golfers since the 2008-09 season that played at least 20 events. Smith also recently became the program’s first three-time All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) First-Team selection and was the PSAC Champion Scholar in 2018. Smith posted a top-10 finish at 10 different events over his career, highlighted by seven top-five scores.

The Vulcans have placed at least one honoree on the PING all-region team in nine-consecutive seasons.