Tue, Jun 16 2009
The LeTourneau University Athletic Department has named PGA Tour professional Doug Smith to take over as the new YellowJackets men’s golf coach.
Smith, currently the golf pro at The Challenge at Oak Forest Golf Course brings 23 years of golf experience to LeTourneau. He was a four-year lettermen golfer at the University of Nebraska, in which he was the third Cornhusker to achieve four letters in golf during a collegiate career. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, before officially turning pro.
He was the 1978 Nebraska State Match Play Champion and turned professional in August of that same year. In 1983, Smith was a member of the Metro-Chapter Assistant’s Champion in the Northern Texas PGA.
“I am very blessed to have the opportunity to be associated with LeTourneau University and their men’s golf program,” Smith said, who started playing golf at the age of eight. “I look forward to enabling and mentoring the young men of tomorrow.”
Smith, who recently worked the Byron Nelson Golf Tournament in Fort Worth,
Texas, is no stranger to the golf courses in Texas. He was an Assistant Golf Professional at Royal
Oaks Country Club in Dallas, before becoming the Director of Golf at The Club at Mission Dorado in
Odessa, Texas. He also served as Head Golf Professional at Las Colinas Country Club and King’s
Creek Golf Club.
“Having a professional golfer who is ‘willing’ to coach is neat, but having a pro who ‘wants’ to work with these young men so he can impact their lives as well as their games is a true blessing,” said Dr. Bill McDowell, Executive Vice President for Business and Administration who oversees athletics.
Smith, who will continue to work as the golf professional at The Challenge at Oak Forest Golf Course, is married to wife, Linda, and they live in Longview.