ATLANTA – Lauren Smith has been named assistant women’s golf coach at Georgia State, head coach Cathy Mant has announced.
Smith comes to GSU from a stint as assistant coach at Appalachian State in 2013-14 and as an assistant golf pro at The Preserve at Jordan Lake Golf Club in Chapel Hill, N.C.
“Lauren has some college coaching as well as college competition experience, so she has been exposed to a lot of golf,” Mant said. “I think she is thrilled to have an opportunity to inspire and motivate our student-athletes and she will help us grow our program. Her knowledge of all our software programs and recruiting will be assets as well. I’m delighted to welcome her aboard.”
Mant, GSU’s veteran 15-year head coach, has guided the Panthers to six NCAA Regional berths and two individuals to NCAA Regional spots since a career on the LPGA.
A record-setting collegiate golfer at Appalachian State, Smith wrote her name into the school record books for lowest 18-hole score (69), the lowest 36-hole score (142) and the lowest 54-hole score (216).
Smith won two individual golf championships at the UD Hilton Head Invitational in 2013 and the Winthrop Intercollegiate in 2011. Her career stroke average at App State is second all-time.
A native of Salisbury, N.C., Smith began her college career at UNC Greensboro, playing all 10 tournament of her freshman season. During her freshman year, she played in Georgia State’s John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate at Eagle’s Landing, carding a best round 73 on the course she will now call home course. At Salisbury High School, Smith was a four-time player of the year in the North Piedmont Conference.
She graduated with a degree in recreation management and a minor in communications, while also serving as an intern in the App State Development office.
Georgia State’s spring golf season begins Feb. 13-15 in Tallahassee, Fla.