11 Things You Didn't Know About Matthew NeSmith

We get to know the young professional NeSmith a little better with these facts.

11 Things You Didn't Know About Matthew NeSmith
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11 Things You Didn't Know About Matthew NeSmith

1. NeSmith was born on September 29, 1993.

2. He grew up in North Augusta, South Carolina and from the age of 8, he attended the Masters every year until leaving for college. His first Masters memory includes taking a photo with Bernhard Langer.

3. On the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour, NeSmith won the Albertsons Boise Open to secure his PGA Tour card. He won the event by one stroke from American Brandon Hagy, and Norwegian Viktor Hovland (opens in new tab).

4. His middle name is Christian

5. NeSmith attended the University of South Carolina where he studied Sociology. He graduated in 2016 after he became the first Gamecock in program history to earn PING First Team All-America honors. He was also a semi-finalist to win both the Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus awards. 

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6. NeSmith is married to Abigail after he proposed to her on the 18th green of Harbour Town Golf Links in March 2018. Abigail was on the equestrian team at South Carolina so we can assume they met whilst at college.

7. Was named 2010 Male Athlete of the Year by the Greater Augusta Area Sports Council.

8. His parents are Darren and Beth NeSmith.

9. He has been really close to Curing Kids Cancer, a non-profit based out of Atlanta, where his wife Abigail has worked. NeSmith has also volunteered to build bikes for families who need them for Christmas.

10. NeSmith turned pro in 2016 after a successful amateur and college career.

11. His brother is a photo journalist in New York City and has photographed celebrities who have been on the cover of Vogue.

A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 


Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6