PGA TOUR Professional Smylie Kaufman will be this year’s Pro at the Coca-Cola Junior Clinic at The First Tee of Central Florida Youth Day at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Mastercard. The clinic will take place on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 5:00 pm on the 1st tee at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge.
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Kaufman was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He played college golf at Louisiana State University and graduated in 2014 with a degree in marketing and turned professional.
Kaufman played on the Web.com Tour in 2015. After missing the cut in his first three tournaments, he finished T-4 in the next two and won the third, the United Leasing Championship to claim his first professional title. He finished the year sixth on the money list to earn his card for the 2016 PGA Tour season.
On October 25, 2015, Kaufman earned his first victory on the PGA Tour by winning the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open by a single stroke over six players. In the final round, he came from seven strokes back after a round of 61, that included eight birdies and an eagle, to claim his maiden victory. This earned him a place into the 2016 Masters Tournament and 2016 PGA Championship.
At the 2016 Masters Tournament, Kaufman shot a 69 during the third round, which was the best of the day in tough scoring conditions. As a result, he played in the last group during the final round, alongside defending champion Jordan Spieth.
Fun facts about smylie
- Full Name is Carter Smylie Kaufman
- Is currently 26 Years Old
- Smylie is a family name, not a nickname (grandmother’s cousin, 1971 Georgia Tech All-American defensive end, Smylie Gebhart).
- Grandfather (Alan Kaufman) was a former golf coach at University of Alabama-Birmingham and one-time coach of Graeme McDowell.
- Was point guard on his state championship basketball team in 2009, his junior year
- Got engaged to long-time girlfriend Francie last August
- Friends and Family who follow Smylie on the course call themselves Smylie’s Army
- Started Kids vs. Cancer with his younger brother, Luckie, a charity that helps combat cancer in children. Sparked by the passing of his grandmother, Smylie and brother, began a 100-hole golf marathon to gain awareness and charitable contributions in the Birmingham, Alabama area.