Senior Enterprise golfer Emilia Smith has been one of the top female golfers in the state for the past two seasons, and that success has led to a full-ride scholarship offer from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Smith recently committed to UAB over offers from a number of other colleges like North Alabama, Tennessee Tech and Middle Tennessee. Smith said UAB was just the right place for her.
“UAB is an amazing school and I really enjoyed the fact that I’ll just be a few hours away from home,” Smith said of her decision. “It won’t be too, too far away so that I can commute back home when I want to.”
Smith said that the UAB golf program was simply the best that she had visited.
“The golf program there is amazing,” Smith emphasized. “Of all the schools I’ve looked at UAB is just outstanding and I feel like coach (Ryan Ashburn) and I really click.
“I feel like I can go really far under her coaching and as a part of her team. I think it’ll be super exciting to play golf for UAB.”
Smith has competed in the state golf tournament three times at Enterprise and also helped the Lady Cats make it all the way to the state tournament as a team for the first time in school history in 2019. She also competed at both the U.S. Girls Junior Golf Championship and the AHSAA All-Star Golf Tournament this past summer.
UAB’s women’s golf team features top talent from around the country, as well as golfers from Finland, England and Canada. Smith hopes that competition will further push her to continue to improve.
“My first season I would like to stay in the mid to low 70s consistently,” Smith said of her goal for freshman year. “I don’t know how I’ll rank against the other girls, but I know it will be a super competitive team, which will be best for all of us. It can just make us stronger to have such a solid team with all hard working girls.
“I just want to stay consistent and keep my nose to the grindstone and just play my own game like I always have and not let myself stress about that first college year too much.”
Smith said that her time competing on the EHS golf team taught her a lot about the mental side of golf.
“Playing at Enterprise I’ve learned that it takes practice and hard work, and you can’t let it get to you when you have a bad round,” Smith continued. “Golf will throw those at you every now and then, so you have to pick right back where you left off and keep working at it.
“Of all the things I’ve learned (here) it’s definitely about working hard and not getting discouraged. It’s a sport of mentality. You have to have that tough mentality and dedication. If you aren’t dedicated it will eat you alive. It’s really great when you’ve been working hard and start to see the results, though.”
Smith will get to see the results of her hard work sooner rather than later as she will sign her national letter-of-intent during the early signing period in November, but before she gets to UAB campus the senior hopes to help EHS win its first state golf championship during the spring season.