Jan. 30, 2002
WACO, Texas - The Baylor Athletic Department and former Bear golfer Jerry Smith announced a partnership Tuesday for Smith to highlight his alma mater while playing on the PGA Tour this season.
Smith, a 1986 Baylor graduate, finished in the money in 16 of the 31 PGA events he participated in last season, including three top 10 finishes. His top finish was a tie for third at National Car Rental Golf Classic Disney. Smith earned $592,030 on the tour, good enough for 85th place on the money list.
Smith will display a Baylor logo on the apparel he wears during all tournament play. In addition to making appearances on behalf of the university, Smith will also write a monthly column on the school's athletic website, www.GoBaylorBears.com, providing an insider's view of life on the PGA Tour.
"We're pleased to be joining into this relationship with someone of Jerry's character," Athletic Director Tom Stanton said. "He is a great ambassador for Baylor and we are grateful for the generosity and dedication he is showing to his alma mater. We are very proud of Jerry and his accomplishments."
"I am very proud to be in a position as a member of the PGA Tour to promote and support Baylor University," Smith remarked. "Baylor is a truly wonderful university and was instrumental in shaping my life as an athlete and a person. I look forward to sharing my experiences as a PGA Tour Professional with the Baylor family and to share my experiences as a Baylor Bear with those who may not be familiar with our great University."
Watch for the "Inside the PGA" graphic on this website for Smith's columns.