Smith's first week on the job as coach of her old team

By: Prentice Elliott
By: Prentice Elliott

AUGUSTA---Lauren Smith was minding her own business, spending time in Europe and waiting to see if she was accepted to grad school when the call came to come home. The most successful ASU women's golf player was asked to return to Augusta less than two years after graduating to become the interim coach of the women's golf team.

As a 25-year-old in charge of a division one team, Smith is admittedly, a little unsure of how to proceed. But that will likely change very quickly.
She remains the only lady Jag to play in the NCAA championships and graduated with a 3.75 GPA and a degree in biology so she's no stranger to success under pressure and has big goals for the spring season.

"Postseason, NCAA definitetly," Smith said from her still sparsley decorated office. "I think the girls are very capable. They're in a great position right now for it and that would be my main goal. I'd like to have a tournament win actually. It's been about two years since they've had one and that's gonna be one of my main goals and I'm sure one of the girls as well."

Surprisingly, Smith says she is most looking forward to the travel. The time she says the team can really bond and have fun.


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