Matt NeSmith
Matt  NeSmith


North Augusta, S.C.

High School:
North Augusta



  • 2015 Golfweek All-American Third Team
  • 2015 PING All-American Third Team
  • 2015 PING All-Southeast Region
  • 2015 All-SEC First Team
  • 2015 SCGA Player of the Year
  • 2015 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar
  • 2015 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
  • 2014 PING All-Southeast Region
  • 2014 All-SEC Second Team
  • 2014 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
  • 2013 PING Honorable Mention All-American
  • 2013 PING All-Southeast Region
  • 2013 SEC Co-Freshman of the Year
  • 2013 SEC All-Freshman Team
  • 2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

Fall 2015 (Senior)

  • Named to the Golfweek Preseason All-America First Team
  • Became the second Gamecock in as many years and fourth overall to win the SCGA's Player of the Year in December
  • Moved into sole possession of fourth place for career top-10s after the Carpet Captial Collegiate and now has 19, one shy of tying for second with Eirik Johansen and David Seawell
  • Current 71.88 career scoring average is the top mark in school history
  • Opened the fall with a pair of seventh-place showings at the Carpet Capital Collegiate and the Shoal Creek Invitational
  • Was the Gamecocks' highest finisher in their first three fall tournaments, finishing in the top 10 twice and the top 20 once
  • Had all 12 of his rounds count as a member of the Gamecocks' lineup in four tournaments

2014-15 (Junior)

  • Third-team All-American selection by both Golfweek and PING
  • First-team All-SEC and PING All-Southeast Region selection
  • Posted a stroke average of 70.51, which ranks second in program history for a single season
  • Became just the second Gamecock to win an SEC title as he claimed a six-stroke victory at the SEC Championship with a school-record 54-hole total of 196 (-14)
  • Second-round 64 (-6) at the SEC Championship is a career low and school SEC Championship record
  • Named Golfweek National Player of the Week (4/20) for winning the SEC Championship
  • Finished in the top 20 in eight of 12 tournaments, including two tournament wins
  • Captured first career tournament title at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate, winning in a playoff with a total of 205 (-11)
  • Named SEC Golfer of the Week (4/1) for winning at Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate
  • Also had top-20 regular-season finishes at the Carpet Capital Collegiate (T-18th), DICK'S Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup (T-4th), Camden Collegiate Invitational (T-7th), Bayou City Collegiate Championship (T-13th), Valspar Collegiate Invitational (T-6th)
  • Helped lead Gamecocks to runner-up finish at the NCAA Bremerton Regional with a tie for seventh finish with a total of 210 (-6)
  • Finished tied for 45th at the NCAA Championship with a 72-hole total of 297 (+9)
  • Recorded 18 rounds under par, including 14 rounds in the 60s
  • Career average of 71.79 is currently tied for first all-time at Carolina
  • Won sectional qualifier at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Ga., with a 36-hole total of 127 (-17) to qualify for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay; Missed the cut at the U.S. Open, tying for 107th with total of 149 (+9)
  • Captured Players Amateur title with 72-hole total of 271 (-13) to earn exemption to the PGA Tour's 2016 RBC Heritage
  • Made third-straight appearance at the U.S. Amateur Championship and finished tied for eighth in stroke play; Won opening-round match 1 up over Clemson's Billy Kennerly before falling to eventual champion Bryson DeChambeau in the round of 32, 5 and 4
  • Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar
  • Member of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll

2013-14 (Sophomore)

  • Continued excellent play from freshman season to remain one of team's top golfers
  • Second-team All-SEC and first-team PING All-Southeast Region selection
  • Tied for the team lead with seven top-20 finishes
  • Recorded four top-five finishes, which is tied for the fifth most in a single season in school history
  • Closed out fall scheduled with three-straight top-five finishes
  • Tied for fourth at the Rees Jones Invitational with a total of 218 (+2)
  • Finished runner-up in back-to-back events, taking second at the Badger Invitational with a total of 212 (-4) and second at the Wendy's Kiawah Classic with a total of 212 (-4)
  • Claimed third place at the Seahawk Intercollegiate with a total of 139 (-5)
  • Also had top-20 finishes at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate (T-20th) and Augusta Invitational (11th)
  • Narrowly missed top-20 finish at the SEC Championship, finishing tied for 21st with a total of 210 (E)
  • Fired a 65 in the first round of the SEC Championship
  • Tied for 141st at the NCAA Championship
  • Second on the team with a stroke average of 72.26
  • Tied for the team lead with 16 rounds of par or better
  • Member of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll

2012-13 (Freshman)

  • Turned in one of the most decorated freshman seasons in school history
  • Named PING honorable mention All-American
  • Garnered SEC Co-Freshman of the Year honors
  • Earned PING All-Southeast Region and SEC All-Freshman Team accolades
  • Led the Gamecocks and ranked 17th in the SEC with a scoring average of 72.64, which is the second lowest average for a freshman in school history
  • Played in all 12 tournaments and finished in the top 20 in nine of those events
  • Recorded seven top-10 finishes, which ties for the second most all-time in a single season at South Carolina
  • Opened collegiate career with a tie for 19th showing at the Carpet Capital Collegiate and followed it up with a tie for seventh finish at the Rees Jones Invitational
  • Closed out the fall schedule with a tie for sixth finish at the Wendy's Kiawah Classic to help lead the Gamecocks to their first tournament win since 2009
  • Reeled off four straight top-10 finishes in the spring, beginning with a tie for 10th showing at the USF Invitational with rounds of 74-71-71=216 (E)
  • Finished tied for third at the Palmetto Intercollegiate with rounds of 68-69-72=209 (-1)
  • Tied for seventh at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate with rounds of 77-72-70=219 (+3)
  • Tied for eighth at the Augusta State Invitational with rounds of 67-73-74=214 (-2)
  • Helped lead the Gamecocks to a runner-up finish at the SEC Championship with a tie for 20th showing, shooting 69-70-79=218 (+8)
  • Led the way at the NCAA Columbus Regional, tying for second with rounds of 75-71-68=214 (+1)
  • Was the Gamecocks' top finisher at the NCAA Championship, finishing tied for 38th with rounds of 70-75-66=211 (+1)
  • Final-round 66 at the NCAA Championship matches the lowest NCAA Championship round in school history
  • Three-time SEC Freshman of the Week (3/6, 3/13, 4/10)
  • Named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

Prior to South Carolina

  • Standout at North Augusta High School in North Augusta, S.C.
  • One of four junior golfers to receive the prestigious Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Award in 2012
  • Won the 2012 Rolex Tournament of Champions and the 2012 Footjoy Invitational, earning a sponsor's exemption to play in the 2012 PGA Wyndham Championship
  • First team American Junior Golf Association All-American
  • Ranked No. 1 in the Golfweek and Polo junior rankings
  • Medalist in the 2009, 1010 and 2011 South Carolina Region 4A Championship
  • Won the South Carolina Lower State in 2011
  • Finished second at the 4A State Championship in 2010 and fourth in 2011
  • Won the 2009 Orange Jacket Junior, the 2009 and 2010 George Holliday Junior, the h2010 SCJGA Fall Challenge and the 2011 Junior Heritage
  • Had second-place finishes at the 2010 Jones Cup Junior Invitational and the 2010 SCJGA South Carolina Junior Championship
  • Finished third at the 2010 SCJGA South Carolina Players Championship, the 2011 Bobby Chapman Invitational and the AJGA Ping Invitational
  • Placed fourth at the 2011 Junior Invitational at Sage Valley
  • Represented the East in the AJGA Wyndham Cup and was the only player to go 4-0-0 for all his matches
  • Qualified for the 2011 U.S. Junior and finished 10th in the stroke play portion
  • Was named 2010 Male Athlete of the Year by the Greater Augusta Area Sports Council


  • Full name is Matthew Christian NeSmith
  • Parents are Darren and Beth NeSmith
  • Majoring in sociology

Career Statistics
Year Events Rounds Low 54 Low 18 Par/Better Top 5 Top 10 Top 20 Strokes Average
2012-13 12 36 209 66 17 2 7 9 2,615 72.64
2013-14 12 35 210 65 16 4 4 7 2,529 72.26
2014-15 12 37 196 64 25 3 6 8 2,609 70.51
Fall 2015 4 12 216 69 6 0 2 3 873 72.75
Total 40 120 196 64 64 9 19 27 8,626 71.88