Former Newnan High School golfer Trevor Smith won’t turn pro until the end of the summer, but he is trying to jumpstart his career.
Monday afternoon he earned a spot in this week’s United Leasing and Financing Championship, one of the events on the Web.com professional golf tour. He will enter the event as an amateur.
Smith had to work his way into the event with a solid qualifying round on Monday.
The former Newnan Cougar and Coastal Georgia College All-American birdied the second hole of a playoff in the qualifier to land one of the last three spots in the tournament to be played starting today at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana.
Smith was a four-year letterwinner during his days at Newnan.
His golfing resume included three region champion for the Cougars. He also was the state Class AAAAA runner-up his senior year.
During his high school days, he qualified for the U.S. Junior Open in 2011 and the Georgia and Southern Amateur tournaments in 2012.
Once he got to Coastal Georgia, he helped turn the golf team into an NAIA college power.
Smith was named to the NAIA All-American Team three times. Since leaving college, he has had a successful amateur career finishing with three top 10s including the Azalea, the Dixie Amateur and the Saint Augustine Amateur.
The Web.com golf tour often serves as a springboard to the bigger PGA tour. Professional players who finish in the top 25 on the Web.com season money list earn their PGA tour card for the following season.