Grier, Smith seek new challenges in college

June 10, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

Two young golfers will move forward to new scenery on the college level this fall.

Andrea Grier and Laura Smith hope to make waves at new schools.

Grier, a Smithsburg graduate, spent the first two seasons of her college career at Pfeiffer University in Piedmont, N.C., before deciding to transfer to Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.

"I sought a transfer because I wanted something new, bigger and better," said Grier. "(Pfeiffer) had four golf coaches in two years and it was hard to be a real golf team because we didn't practice all the time."

Grier, the middle of the three Grier sisters, said she e-mailed regularly with Marshall head coach Meredith Knight Rowsey about making the move.


"We'll not only play a competitive schedule, but we'll be able to practice all the time," said Grier.

She said she'll also make an adjustment to her academics, switching from a sports management major to general management with an emphasis on marketing at Marshall.

Smith, a recent Greencastle-Antrim graduate, will converge on the St. Francis campus in Loretto, Pa., where she hopes to enhance her game.

Smith did not start playing golf until she was in eighth grade and gradually progressed to the point where she qualified for the PIAA regionals last season to go along with a pair of district appearances.

"At first I was intimidated by the game, but I started taking lessons from Dave Grier (Yinglings golf pro) and started to gain some confidence," said Smith.

"St. Francis is a good Division I team. It's small and they lose two seniors and will have two or three freshmen coming in," she said. "They'll be looking for me to fit into the fifth spot, and I want to get to shooting 82s, 84s and better."

Smith, who will play in the Tri-State and Franklin County juniors this summer, will also have a five-year physician Master's plan in front of her at St. Francis.

Toot the horn

Beaver Creek Country Club professional Dirk Schultz hasn't been one to toot his own horn, so we'll do it for him.

Schultz recently picked up a pair of wins in the Mid-Atlantic PGA.

In the Pro-President at River Bend Golf and Country Club in Great Valls, Va., Schultz and Beaver Creek president Pat Steiner teamed to post a 7-under 64 and a first-place prize in the 49th Club Car/Pro-President event.

On his own ball, Schultz was 6 under and Steiner went 1 under.

Schultz also picked up 200 MAPGA Player of the Year points when he won the Club Car/Srixon Northern Chapter championship.

Covering 27 holes, Schultz fired 68-35-103 at Talbot Country Club in Easton, Md., for a tie, before defeating Robert Wallace, of Tantallon Country Club, on the fourth playoff hole.

Musket Ridge professional Larry Ringer won the senior title with a 108.

Schultz was also second in the Ashworth Pro-Assistant tournament at Lakewood Country Club.

Tim Koelble is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2311, or by e-mail at

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