SAU names new golf coach

By: By Troy Baranik - SAU Sports Information Director

LAURINBURG — St. Andrews University announced the hiring of a new men’s and women’s golf coach on Friday.

Evan Smith will take over the program from former head coach William Carter.

“The men’s golf program has been very competitive through the years and I am confident that Evan will be able to continue that tradition,” said Glenn Batten, St. Andrews director of athletics. “His experience as a coach and mentor and knowledge of the game will serve our program well. He understands our commitment to the NAIA and character-driven intercollegiate athletics and the balance between academic excellence and competitive play.”

Smith comes to St. Andrews after serving as an assistant men’s golf coach at Point University, out of Georgia, for two seasons. St. Andrews and Point University competed against each other in the Appalachian Athletic Conference of the NAIA. During his tenure at Point, the team won back-to-back AAC Team Championships and NAIA National Championship appearances in 2017 and 2018.

While at Point, Smith also served as the director of the Point University Golf Club where he oversaw all operations at the golf course and event center.

During his playing career, Smith played three seasons at Point and qualified for National Junior College Athletic Association Nationals in 2013 at USC-Lancaster.

Smith, a native of Atlanta, Ga., received his bachelor’s in business mManagement from Point University in 2016.

“I am very excited for this new opportunity,” said Smith. “As someone who has played against St. Andrews as a player and coach at Point University, I can tell you St. Andrews has always been a competitor on the golf course. I got into coaching to help young adults achieve what they once thought was impossible on and off the golf course. I am confident I can pick up where William Carter left off and continue the program’s legacy.”


By Troy Baranik

SAU Sports Information Director