2012-13 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.
PERSONAL Full name is Matthew Christian NeSmith...Born Sept. 29, 1993...Parents are Darren and Beth NeSmith...Major is undecided.