The St. James Bay Golf Club hosted the 2018 Forgotten Coast Open golf tournament the first weekend of May, with a bevy of sponsors backing the cause, and a slew of local golf talent.

Saturday morning, and day one of the tournament, began with a steady breeze coming off the water and the sun beaming down intensely, hardly a cloud in the sky.

The Open is known for its traditionally difficult setup but posed no issue for Spencer Smith. He shot an even par 72 on day one which he described as “lackluster,” but it was enough to position him for the final round. He then fired a three-under par 69 on day two, which was enough for a two-shot victory and a new tournament scoring record, a three-under par 141.

Known for his modest character, Spencer claimed “home-field advantage” for his victory as he unseated two-time defending champion Tyler KausHagen. After all, Spencer is a PGA Professional employed by St. James Bay.

After graduating from Florida State University with a degree in professional golf management and becoming a member of the PGA of America, Smith --a native of the Big Bend-- has aimed to fulfill his childhood dream of playing on the PGA Tour. This is no easy task, as it requires enormous financial/community support, as well as the requisite skill to succeed.

To support Spencer on his aspirations and journey to the Tour, follow his journey via Facebook (spencersmithers) and Instagram (@spencersmithers). Contributions through PayPal ( are also welcome and greatly appreciated.