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Smylie Kaufman
Height: 6'1"
Class: Senior
Experience: 2 Letters
City/State: Birmingham, Ala.
High School: Vestavia Hills HS
Major: General Business Administration
Born: 03/23/1992
Smylie Kaufman Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 06/10/2014

2014 U.S. Open Qualifier
2014 PING All-Southeast Region
2014 SEC Community Service Team
2013 SEC Community Service Team
2011 Alabama Amateur Champion

CAREER CAPSULE
Graduated from LSU in May 2014 with a degree in marketing … Lettered four seasons with the Tigers from 2010-14 … Played in 28 tournaments during his four-year collegiate career with the Tigers, including a career-high 10 tournaments as a senior in 2013-14 … Earned six top-five finishes and nine top-10 finishes in his 28 appearances as an LSU Tiger … Ended his career with a 73.96 scoring average in 81 rounds played during his career … Played 22 rounds at par or better … Set a career-low with a 72.20 scoring average as a senior in 2013-14 … Was the SEC silver medalist at the 2014 SEC Men’s Golf Championships in his final conference appearance … Fired a career-low tournament score of 11-under par 199 at the 2014 SEC Championships … Made two career appearances at the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships, tying for 93rd place as a junior in 2013 and tying for 19th place as a senior in 2014 … Twice named to the SEC Community Service Team for men’s golf in 2013 and 2014.

SENIOR SEASON (2013-14)
Went out with a bang with his most successful season as an LSU Tiger as a senior in 2013-14 … Ended the season as the No. 44-ranked collegiate player nationally by Golfstat and the No. 62-ranked collegiate player nationally by Golfweek for his performance in 2013-14 … Named a PING All-Southeast Region performer for the first time in his career by the Golf Coaches Association of America … Honored by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as a First-Team All-Louisiana performer … Smashed his career-low scoring average by more than two full strokes with a 72.20 scoring average in 10 tournament starts with the Tigers … 14 of his 30 rounds were at par or better … Earned two top-five finishes and tied for the team lead with five top-10 finishes in his 10 appearances on the year … The team’s most impressive performer throughout the championship season … Fired a career-low tournament score of 11-under par 199 for 54 holes to finish as the SEC silver medalist at the SEC Championships held at the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Georgia … Posted a season-low score of 6-under par 64 in the final round to spark the Tigers to a school-record round of 17-under par 263 for a runner-up team finish at the SEC Championships … Led the Tigers into the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in five seasons by tying for sixth place at the NCAA Columbia Regional with a final tournament score of 7-under par 209, including a 5-under 67 in the second round … Helped the Tigers tie for fourth place in the 13-team field at the NCAA Columbia Regional held at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Missouri … Cracked the Top 20 of the final stroke play leaderboard at the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships held at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas … Fired a 1-under par 209 in 54 holes of stroke play to tie for 19th place on the NCAA leaderboard and help lead the Tigers into the eight-team match-play tournament for the national championship … Followed by defeating UCLA’s Jonathan Garrick by a 2-up margin in the NCAA quarterfinals to lead the Tigers into the NCAA semifinals with their 4-1 team victory over the Bruins … Finished a combined 19-under par in nine rounds played during the championship season at the SEC Championships, NCAA Columbia Regional and NCAA Championships … Helped lead the Tigers to their only tournament title of the 2013-14 season by tying for 10th place on the leaderboard at the Aggie Invitational in their regular-season finale with a final score of 8-over par 224 in the event held at The Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas … Tied for fifth place in LSU’s season opener at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic with a score of 2-under par 214 at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, Georgia … Fired a 4-under par 212 for 54 holes to tie for sixth place at the Louisiana Classics held at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette … Also teed it up at the Golfweek Conference Challenge (56) and David Toms Intercollegiate (t51) during the 2013 fall season … Played at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate (t42) and Valspar Invitational at Floridian (t30) during the 2014 spring season  … Followed the collegiate season by making his major championship debut at the 114th U.S. Open Championship held at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, North Carolina … Qualified for the U.S. Open field with a runner-up finish in the sectional qualifier held at Ansley Golf Club in Roswell, Georgia, firing a 2-under par 142 for 36 holes … A leader of LSU’s community service efforts once again with a repeat selection to the SEC Community Service Team … Earned his fourth varsity letter with the Tigers.

JUNIOR SEASON (2012-13)
Made six tournament appearances for the Tigers during his junior season … Dropped his scoring average to 74.70 strokes per round in 17 rounds played on the season … Recorded three rounds at par or better … Ranked second on the team with a pair of top-five finishes on the campaign … Matched his career-best tournament finish by tying for second place while playing as an individual at LSU’s David Toms Intercollegiate … Posted a 54-hole tournament score of 5-over par 221, including an even-par 72 in the final round, to tie for second place in the event held at the University Club in Baton Rouge … Opened the spring season by tying for fifth place at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate held at Magnolia Grove Falls Golf Club in Mobile, Alabama … Fired rounds of 1-over 73, 1-under 71 and 7-over 73 en route to a season-low tournament score of 1-over par 217 at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate … Made his NCAA Championships debut while cracking LSU’s starting five at the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships held at the Crabapple Course at Capital City Club in Atlanta, Georgia … Tied for 93rd place at the NCAA Championships with a score of 6-over par 216 for the event, including a season-low 2-under par 68 in the second round … Also cracked LSU’s five-man lineup at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate (t43) in the fall season and John Hayt Invitational (t83) in the spring season … Played as an individual during the Louisiana Classics while tying for 41st place in the spring tourney … A leader of LSU’s community service efforts with a selection to the SEC Community Service Team … Also honored for his effort in the classroom with a selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second-straight season … Earned his third varsity letter.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011-12)
Finished the season with a 74.96 scoring average in 25 rounds played for the Tigers as a sophomore in 2011-12 … Played five rounds at par or better … Made nine tournament appearances on the campaign, including three starts as a member of LSU’s five-man lineup … Nearly captured his first career tournament title by tying for second place as an individual at the Argent Financial Classic held at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, Louisiana … Opened with a career-low 7-under 65 in the first round, before firing rounds of 4-over 76 in the second round and 1-under 71 in the final round for a career-low 54-hole score of 4-under par 212 at the Argent Financial Classic … Earned a start in LSU’s season opener at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic, where he tied for 50th place with a score of 12-over 228 … Also cracked the starting five at the John Hayt Invitational and Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate during the spring season … Tied for fifth place at the LSU vs. Centenary stroke play match with his round of 3-over par 75 at Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport … Played as an individual at the Squire Creek Invitational, David Toms Intercollegiate, Louisiana Classics and LSU National Invitational … Earned his first career selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for his outstanding performance in the classroom … Earned his second varsity letter.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2010-11)
Made three tournament appearances for the Tigers during his true freshman season in 2010-11 … Wrapped up the season with a 75.67 scoring average in nine rounds played for the year … Earned a top-20 finish in his collegiate debut as he cracked LSU’s five-man starting lineup at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational held at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio … Finished alone in 20th place at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational after posting a 54-hole score of 12-over par 222, including season-low scores of 1-over 71 in the second and third rounds … Carded a season-low score of 7-over par 223 to finish in a tie for 46th place at the David Toms Intercollegiate held at the Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge … Tied for 44th place at the LSU National Invitational held at The University Club, where he posted his three-round score of 20-over par 236 … Played as an individual at the David Toms Intercollegiate and LSU National Invitational … Followed the collegiate season with a record-setting victory at the 95th Alabama State Amateur Championship … Fired a tournament record 16-under 272 for 72 holes at FarmLinks Golf Club in Sylacauga, Alabama, to set the four-round tournament record … Shot rounds of 5-under 67, 6-under 66, even-par 72 and 5-under 67  during the tournament … Selected to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll following the year … Earned his first varsity letter.

PRIOR TO LSU
A nationally-ranked prospect who signed with LSU as the No. 21-ranked recruit in the country for the Class of 2010 by Golfweek … Also ranked No. 38 nationally in his class by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard and No. 43 nationally in the Polo Junior Golf Rankings … An experienced member of the American Junior Golf Association who earned six top-10 finishes for AJGA sponsored events during his junior golf career … Won his first career AJGA championship during the 2008 season when he took the title at the AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T … Posted three top-10 finishes in AJGA competition in 2008, two top-10 finishes in 2009 and one top-10 finish in 2010 … Was an alternate at the 2009 United States Junior Amateur Championship … Was also a participant at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in 2006 at the age of 14 as one of the youngest qualifiers in tournament history … A product of the golf program at Vestavia Hills High School under the direction of head coach Matthew Cameron … Was the Class 6A state championship runner-up during his senior season in 2010 … Was also the runner-up at the 2010 Alabama Golf Association Boys State Junior Championship at The Country Club of Mobile with a 54-hole score of 10-under par 203 … Posted a scoring average of 71.7 strokes per round during his senior season … Honored for his outstanding community service efforts throughout his high school career … Was the recipient of the 2008 AJGA Presidents’ Youth Leadership for his efforts in the fight against cancer … Is the co-founder of Kids vs. Cancer, a fundraising charity that benefits the pediatric cancer unit at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama … Has joined his brother, Luckie, in raising more than $50,000 for cancer research since forming the charity in 2006 … Was also a standout basketball player at Vestavia Hills High School … Helped lead his basketball team to the Class 6A state championship in 2009 and to the Class 6A finals again in 2010.

PERSONAL
Full name is Carter Smylie Kaufman … Born on Nov. 30, 1991 … Parents are Jeff and Pam Kaufman … Has a younger brother named Luckie … Both parents played golf and graduated from LSU … Served as the Student Government Vice President during his high school career at Vestavia Hills High School … Was an honor student and a member of the National Honor Society … Plays right-handed … Graduated from LSU in May 2014 with a degree in marketing.

 

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