Spencer Smith unleashed a stellar summer of golf and now he’s making some solid rounds with his team at Mercer Island High School.
At one of his junior summer tournaments in Encinitas, California, the Islander racked up nine birdies during an 18-hole round en route to fourth out of 63 players. He was the top American finisher in the three-day tournament, which featured a multitude of international golfers at the Pala Mesa Resort Golf Course.
Also during the summer, he hit a 2 under par to win an 18-hole Washington Junior Golf Association sub-district tournament at Jefferson Golf Course in Seattle.
“I had a lot of momentum. I definitely wanted this to be my best high school season ever,” said Smith, who had recovered from a broken collarbone the previous summer to shine this time. “The summer kind of opened my eyes to my potential and I think I have the most confidence in my game that I’ve ever had at this point. I’m just rolling around and trying to do the best I can right now and it’s paying off.”
The Islander’s senior captain’s goals for this season are showing a below par scoring average throughout the entire campaign, repeating as 3A state champions with their teammates and earning KingCo first-team honors.
To date, the Islanders are 5-1 overall in nine-hole competitions, with Smith medaling three times and scoring 2-under-par twice.
Over two 18-hole rounds in the state in May, the Islanders finished first with 569 points and Mead took second with 585 at Liberty Lake Golf Course. Smith placed third with a 66-72-138 and hit eight birdies during the first round.
Other standout players for the Islanders this season are Evan Otte and juniors Wonjoon Seo, Elliott Hoang and Brian Murdoch. Graduate Ethan Evans ranked second in the state and is now playing golf at Duke University.
The Reporter asked Smith a series of questions to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into his life:
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Probably just the old ‘hard work pays off’. This really held true for me throughout my golf career because I started late. I first picked up a club when I was 13, so I kind of had to catch up with a bunch of kids who’ve played all their lives. So I had to work twice as hard as they did to get where I am now, but I saw it pay off on the golf course, which is good.
What is your favorite subject or subjects at school?
I would say EF, but I’m probably the best at math.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I want to run my own company or business, something I’m super passionate about. I really want to be in what I’m doing with work. I probably want to live in a place where I can have a lot of fun outside of work, like Seattle, where I can ski and play golf. (On the potential business front, he is now interested in renewable energy.)
What skill would you like to learn?
I would like to be able to play the piano.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
When people eat and drink too loudly.
What is your most binge-worthy TV series?
My favorite show is “The Office”, I love dry humor.
If you could go to dinner with one person, who would it be?
I’d like to go to dinner with Michael Jordan. Hopefully on your private Florida golf course.
You could show him a thing or two on the course.
I don’t know, he’s very good. Rumor has it that he set up that field to play perfectly in his style, so he always beats people.