Justin Smith
Justin  Smith

Position:
Associate Head Coach


10/30/2017

Carlson, Smith Take on New Roles for Gopher Men’s Golf

After six years as head coach, Carlson becomes the department’s director of men’s golf, while three-year assistant Smith ascends to associate head coach

Justin Smith, a former standout for the Golden Gophers, was named associate head coach for the University of Minnesota men's golf team on Oct. 30, 2017. He previously served as assistant coach since Sept. 2014. He helped the Gophers notch their third straight top-three Big Ten Championships finish in 2015.

In addition to tying for third at the conference tournament, Minnesota also claimed two PING All-Region golfers. Sophomore Jose Mendez, an All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Championships selection, and junior Jon DuToit both earned the honor.

In the 2015-16 season, the Gophers claimed top-three finishes at two tournaments, and eight top-10 individual finishes by seven different players. Rúnar Arnórsson claimed the individual title at the Barona Collegiate Cup, becoming the first Gopher golfer to win a tournament in since the 2013-14 season. He opened the tournament with a 62, which broke a 17-year-old program record. Senior Jon DuToit finished 27th at the Big Ten Championships, marking his fourth year finishing in the top-30 at that event. 

Smith's third year in 2016-17 saw senior Justin Doeden record a 71.79 stroke average, the fourth best in program history. Doeden played in the NCAA Stanford Regional and earned PING All-Midwest Region honors. Freshman Thomas Longbella was one shot off the program's 18-hole record with a 63 in a fall tournament, then tied Minnesota's Big Ten Championships record with a 66 in the first round.

As a collegian, Smith was named to the All-America third-team once and honorable mention twice. He tied for fourth at the 2002 NCAA Championships after tying for medalist honors at the Midwest Regional.

Smith also finished in the top 10 of three Big Ten Championships, helping the Gophers win conference titles in 2002 and 2003. He earned All-Big Ten and All-Big Ten Championships honors in both 2003 and 2004, years in which he served as team captain.

Following his collegiate career, Smith enjoyed success on the NGA and Web.com Tours. He won the NGA Tour's 2005 Players Turf Classic, 2006 Touchstone Energy Open and 2007 Guatemala International Open. Smith's top Web.com Tour finishes included second place in the 2009 Miccosukee Championship, ninth in the 2009 Christmas in October Presented by Kansas City Crusaders and 10th in the 2010 Chiquita Classic.

Most recently, Smith served as master clubfitter at 2nd Swing Golf. He trained and coached 2nd Swing's Minneapolis fitting staff and helped identify equipment that would best enhance individual golfers' abilities.

Smith earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in 2004.

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