Aug. 15, 2012

NeSmith makes PGA TOUR debut

NeSmith Interview

After winning the FJ Invitational in June, Matthew NeSmith of North Augusta, S.C., received the greatest tournament gift of all: a sponsor’s exemption into a PGA TOUR event. NeSmith joins a roster of 155 professional golfers this week at the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

“Rarely do kids like me get to play in a professional golf tournament where there are grandstands everywhere, people everywhere and pros you’ve looked up to for years and years,” said NeSmith, who will start his collegiate career at South Carolina the Thursday after the event.

With a resume that includes three AJGA invitational wins, as well as a win at the Azalea Invitational in March, the 2011 Rolex Junior All-American heads into the Wyndham Championship with a record to boast about, but remains humble and gracious.

“I would never have expected to be here,” NeSmith said. “I mean I really wanted to be here and I worked hard to be here. Being here, it is tough to soak it all in, but that’s what I want to do. I want to soak everything in and do everything I can to just have a good time.”

Wyndham Championship Tournament Director Mark Brazil, who worked at the AJGA for eight years, began the TOUR event’s relationship with the AJGA in 2008 when he offered that year’s FJ Invitational champion an exemption to his event. Past recipients include Cameron Peck (2008), Justin Thomas (2009), Tanner Kesterson (2010) and Billy Kennerly (2011), who shared his experience with NeSmith earlier this week.

While most kids are busy packing for college, NeSmith had a whirlwind month that has taken him from Orlando, Fla., where he closed his AJGA career with a successful Wyndham Cup defense at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge, to this week’s TOUR debut. Amidst the bustle of it all, NeSmith plans to cherish this opportunity and relish his time in Greensboro.

“It is a wonderful golf tournament and Sedgefield is a wonderful place to have it,” NeSmith said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to find out about a TOUR event.”

Follow NeSmith as he tees off during Thursday’s first round at 2 p.m. ET, and at 9 a.m. ET during Friday’s second round.











Premier Partners
Official Partners
Media Partners
Association Partner
Twitter Facebook AJGA Blog AJGA on Instagram AJGA on YouTube
Member Logins
Player, Coach and Alumni Login
Member ID:
Forgot your password?
Don't have a password?
Forgot your Member ID?
Not A Member or Need to Renew?
What every member should know
Learn the basics
Performance Based Entry
Leadership Links
ACE Grant financial aid
Polo Golf Rankings
1. Chun-an Yu
Taoyuan, --
2. Philip Barbaree
Shreveport, LA
3. Eugene Hong
Sanford, FL
4. Spencer Soosman
Westlake Village, CA
5. Davis Shore
Knoxville, TN
1. Hannah O'Sullivan
Chandler, AZ
2. Angel Yin
Arcadia, CA
3. Sierra Brooks
Sorrento, FL
4. Nelly Korda
Bradenton, FL
5. Mika Liu
Beverly Hills, CA
Complete Rankings

The Foundation

The American Junior Golf Foundation is the primary recipient of all charitable giving to the AJGA and as such administers a variety of programs designed to compliment the AJGA and the members and families who make up our community. Learn more about these important programs and how your contributions to the Foundation secure the AJGA’s financial future for future generations to come.
Donate Now
Planned Giving Program
Endow an ACE Grant
Annual Fund
ACE Grant


The Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program provides financial assistance to junior golfers who wish to play in AJGA events. Its goal is to give top-flight golf opportunities to young golfers regardless of financial resources. This program helps to fulfill the AJGA’s mission of developing young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.

Leadership Links

What is Leadership Links?

Leadership Links is a new program whereby the AJGA is able to further its mission to help develop young men and women by teaching charitable giving skills and service-oriented practices at an early age. This program gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent and resources to local charities and the AJGA youth development programs. Please click here to learn more about the program and the different opportunities available.

Weekly Results
Polo Golf Junior Classic
S.M. Lee
Won Jun Lee
Matthew Wolff
Mariel Galdiano
Andrea Lee
Maria Hoyos
FJ Live Scoring
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and
development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.