Irish one of only two teams nationally with three signees in Golfweek Power 50 rankings
In her second season as team captain...leading scorer for the Notre Dame women?s golf team last season with an 80.38 average in 21 rounds ...two-time monogram winner after transferring from Southern Methodist prior to the 1998 fall semester...has figured in Irish team score in 46 of 55 rounds (83.6%) in her two-plus seasons at Notre Dame...her 82.00 career average ranks her first among Irish golfers, putting Smith ahead of Katie King ?98 (82.10), Mary Klein ?00 (82.17) and Tracy Melby ?98 (82.23)...the closest active player is Kristin McMurtrie who is fifth with an 83.04 in 53 career rounds ... hard working golfer who has made important strides in refining her swing for better direction on her drives ... has a great short game, a strong work ethic and good all-around leadership skills ... has developed an outstanding short game that saves her strokes on a regular basis.
AS A SENIOR (Fall of 2000):
Led team with a 79.92 stroke average in five tournaments during the fall which should have her challenging for the Irish single season record set by King (79.50) in 1997-98...had 11 of 12 rounds counted towards the team scoring ... posted six rounds in the 70?s and six rounds in the 80?s with just two rounds over 81... top Irish finisher (tie-28th) at Central District Classic with a 54-hole total of 240 (80-79-81) at Parrish Wilderness Country Club in Parrish, Fla. ...helped Irish to a tournament win in the 10-team field at the first Notre Dame Invitational held at the Warren Golf Course...tied for ninth with a 240 (79-79-81), 14 shots behind medalist, teammate Rebecca Rogers...top Irish finisher at Lady Northern Invitational at the University of Minnesota Golf Course in Minneapolis, Minn. ...fired a 54-hole mark of 236 (77-83-76) to tie for 37th among 96 golfers ...tied for 96th at the rain-shortened Michigan State Invitational with a 79 ...second among Irish golfers and 83rd overall at the NCAA Fall Preview with a rain-shortened, 36-hole total of 165 (78-87) at the Mission Inn?s El Campeon Course at Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. ... started the fall by winning her second consecutive Notre Dame Campus Championship by five strokes over freshman Shannon Byrne...carded a 156 (80-76) to outdistance a field of 16 golfers.
AS A JUNIOR:
Became the team leader on and off the golf course as the season went on ... closed out the year with a solid spring to take team Most Valuable Player honors ... scored in all 12 rounds in the spring for an 81.42 average ...combined with fall totals, Smith finished the year with the third best season scoring average (80.38) behind King?s 79.50 (?97-?98) and 80.17 (?96-?97) ... finished spring by helping Irish to 10th place finish among 16 teams at the Ohio State Invitational where she finished tied for 33rd with a 243 (81-78-81) ... top Irish finisher at the Iowa Invitational among 50 golfers with a 236 (77-78-81) ... fired a 176 (89-87) for 36-holes at the Indiana Invitational as the team finished 15th ... turned in her best performance of the spring at the William and Mary Invitational ... finished in a seventh place tie in a field of 95 with a 157 (75-82) ...third among Irish golfers at the Northern Illinois Snowbird Intercollegiate in Tampa, Fla. where she shot a 36-hole total 165 (84-81) to open the spring schedule ... led team in the fall with a 79.00 stroke average during four tournaments, putting her on pace to challenge the Irish record set by King in 1997-98 (79.50) ... counted to the team score in all nine of her rounds played (with one DQ) ... posted five rounds in the 70s and just two above 82 ... tied for 20th in 96-player field at the Lady Northern Intercollegiate firing rounds of 80-75-78 for a 233 total at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis. ... also led the Irish one week later, with rounds of 76-84-81 (241) at the Michigan State Invitational ... opened the Michigan Invitational with an 84 before being disqualified from the second round ... helped Irish win the 11-team Butler Invitational, placing fifth in 59-player field with a two-day total of 153 (77-76) ... opened fall by winning the annual Campus Championship by four strokes, after rounds of 81-79 (160) at South Bend?s Blackthorn Golf Club ... her final-round 79 in that event included two birdies and 10 pars.
AS A SOPHOMORE:
One of three players to compete in all nine tournaments in 1998-99 ... ranked third on team with 84.68 stroke average ... counted to team score in 14 of 20 rounds played as a member of the starting unit (she played 22 overall rounds) ... opened her Irish career with a 251 (83-84-84) at the Michigan State Invitational ... counted to team score in next five rounds with a 258 (85-86-87) at Purdue in the Lady Northern Intercollegiate and a 174 (88-86) in the Michigan Invitational ... posted third-best Irish score in each of those tournaments ... closed the fall with a 167 (84-83) at the Notre Dame Invitational, in Bonita Springs, Fla. ... began play in spring by shooting 177 (87-90) in the Midwest Classic, at Hyatt Bear Creek Golf Course in Dallas, Texas ... shot a 36-hole total of 165 (82-83) as an individual entrant at the Northern Illinois Snowbird Intercollegiate, at Tampa?s Pebblecreek Country Club ... posted team?s third-best score at Indiana Invitational with a 260 (87-88-85) and followed with a 168 (87-81) at the Iowa Invitational ... closed with spring season with the team?s second-best score at the Ohio State Invitational with a 54-hole mark of 243 (80-84-79) ... started the season with a ninth place finish at the annual Campus Championship with rounds of 91 and 88 for a 179 at Blackthorn.
PREP & PERSONAL:
Named all-city four times and all-state as a junior and senior while playing for Shorecrest Preparatory ... competed with the men?s golf program during her first three seasons ... won girls individual district title during all four years of her high school career ... competed in high school state tournament as an individual entrant, while playing on the boys golf team ... served as team?s No. 1 golfer during each of her four seasons, earning all-city honors each season ... three-time MVP with the boys golf team, earning all-state as a sophomore and junior ... served as women?s golf team captain as a senior, when she earned team MVP honors ... received several awards in 1996, including St. Petersburg Times ?girl golfer of the year,? Tampa Tribune ?Pinellas player of the year? and the Bay Conference scholar-athlete award ... served as a standard banner at JCPenney Classic for professional golfers Michelle McGann and Greg Kraft ... received 1997 Outstanding Student Award from the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg ... played in two U.S. Girls Junior Championships, in 1995 in Longmeadow, Mass. (where she qualified for match play, after finishing among top 64 in 156-player field), and in 1996 in Sioux Falls, S.D. ... qualified for the 1996 AJGA McDonald?s Betsy Rawls National Championship ... placed fifth at 1996 AJGA Ralph Lauren Junior Classic in Jacksonville, Fla. (73-73-76/222) ... claimed runner-up honors at 1996 Florida State Girls Junior Championship (76-76/152) ... earned the 1994 Marion Clegg Memorial Award for Sportsmanship ... member of the National Honor Society ... hails from same hometown as former Notre Dame men?s tennis player John J. O?Brien ... father Brian Smith played tennis at Rollins College ... daughter of Brian and Connie Smith ... full name is Shane Salvage Smith ... born Nov. 14, 1978, in Tampa, Fla. ... an economics major in the College of Arts and Letters.