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DURHAM – Following a standout career on the America Junior Golf Association (AJGA), Andie Smith joined the Duke women’s golf program in August and played in five tournaments for the Blue Devils in the fall.  In her season-opening event, she rolled in seven birdies, including six on the back nine in the second round, to shoot 3-under, 69.  

A product of Hobe Sound, Fla., Smith counted 12-of-15 rounds in the fall and looks to have an even better spring. GoDuke.com caught up with the rookie to talk about her adjustment to college, being a Cameron Crazie and more.

GoDuke.com:  Looking back at this past fall, how was your transition to college life and college golf?

Andie Smith:
I think my transition went very well, especially being surrounded by such a great team and both Coach Brooks/Jon – they really made that transition very easy coming from high school, high school tournaments and even some amateur events over the summer. Going into the fall with the tournament, practice and workout schedule and then juggling academics with all of that – It was very easy for me to get adjusted because I saw that everybody had already gone through what I was going through and they were all very supportive of me.  That made it super easy for me to get through in the beginning, coming from being away from home and adjusting to living on your own, it made it very easy.

Andie Smith

GD:  Is there one thing you would tell Katie Li (Duke incoming freshman next year), a piece of advice to help her get adjusted, or anything that was very helpful for you?

AS:
  I think definitely building a support system. Not only that, I have my team and my coaches and my roommate in there as well and friends that I made, but also just calling home and just keeping in touch really helped me get through it. If something was on my mind, I knew I could call my mom or anybody else in my family or friends from home. I could just forget about everything else and have chill time. It’s very important to just give yourself downtime like that. For me, that’s calling people from home and catching up. So definitely figuring out the best ways to juggle your time, but also give you the right amount of downtime to foster success in the future.

GD: After playing mostly as an individual leading up to college, did you like being a part of a team and traveling with the Blue Devils?  

AS:
It was a little different at first, but it was great. I remember the first tournament, Coach Brooks came up to me on the tee box, and said, “It’s the same thing that you’ve been doing, just pick up and throw some grass up there. It’s the same thing.” It’s nice knowing that even though I’m competing as an individual on the golf course it’s nice to know that I have teammates in front of me and behind me playing as well at the same time.

GD: You got a chance to be a Cameron Crazie here at Duke.  What was that experience like and tenting in K-Ville?  

AS:
I love it. If I could go to a basketball game every day I would do it. I’ve grown up loving basketball and the Miami Heat. Once I committed to Duke and you see the Cameron Crazies; my 16th birthday present was going to a Duke game, and it’s so great, especially being in the student section. All the chants, everybody moving in unison. It’s an incredible experience. And I think anybody who has the opportunity to experience it has to. It’s such a big part of being a Duke student and even a Duke student-athlete. That’s my time to just be free, my have fun/crazy time. It’s great because even though you don’t know the kids around you, you’re all rooting for the same thing. It’s a lot of fun. I love it. It’s great.

GD: You even had a chance to tent out with the Cameron Crazies.  What was that like?

AS:
It was a really good experience. I made some friends and they were all going “Crazy Cameron Crazies!” so I was like, I need to try this tenting thing, this was in the fall before official tenting season. It was cool figuring out when everybody’s schedules aligned, being in K-Ville, and the suspense of being group one and going into the stadium first and you’re getting front row seats. There were two games where I was literally front and center in Cameron, which was amazing. It didn’t matter if they were blowout games. It was awesome. I did attempt to take the test with my friends, but we were unsuccessful. That was a very hard test to move on with the tenting policy.

GD: You are getting set to open the 2023 golf slate here at Duke in February.  How excited are you to get back to competing with your teammates?

AS:
I’m really excited, after closing out the fall season with a couple really good events.  Heading into the spring I know what we have to do, know what I have to do, and I am excited to be back with the team. The schedule of practice, lift and academics. I’m really excited to get that rolling and see what we can do and accomplish this season.

GD: You get to start out the season in the Bahamas, no better way to start out the season like that?

AS:
It’s a great beginning. And I’ve actually had the opportunity to play there a couple years ago, before COVID, and stay at the resort. It’s a great place where they play the Hero World Challenge. It’s a very unique golf course. I think it was designed by Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, but it’s great. I love it. I can’t wait to go back to the Bahamas. I missed the warm weather.

GD: What kinds of things have you been working on since the fall season concluded?  

AS:
Definitely looking at the fall through a constructive lens and seeing what areas of my game that I could improve and what areas did I do really well in and how I finished the fall season as a whole. I was very happy coming in as a freshman, my first college season. I put up a lot of good numbers, taking away the experiences that I had in the fall and really buckling down and figuring out, what can I do to contribute to the team the most and give us the best run at winning nationals.

GD: What has been one of our favorite classes/professors you have taken so far?  

AS:
My first semester, my favorite professor out of the four classes I had to take, would be my Latin professor, Professor Cruz. He was awesome, made it so much fun. I had to take a foreign language, why not Latin? He was great and this semester, I’m really happy with a bunch of professors that I have. So, this semester will be really nice.

GD:  What is one thing that you learned in the fall that you will take with you into the spring?  

AS:
Definitely figuring out a schedule. Time management, I think was the biggest thing, even though once I got into college, my time management improved tremendously. I think still buckling down and figuring out, here are my classes, here’s my practices, here’s my time to do schoolwork. Just getting better at managing that time. Also, I’m figuring out what’s the best way where I can perform the best and get the most done in the classroom, while still getting sleep, downtime, social time and all the other things that come with just being a student-athlete and a college student in general.

GD: Have you found that one place on campus, where you can go to study/unwind?

AS:
I do study at WU at lot. I like the hustle bustle. I like the noise and smell. When the weather is nice and not cold, I really love to be outside and study outside, anywhere that I can find a table or bench and do some work out there. It’s great. I also like the Duke Gardens. I’ve been there only two or three times, but that’s like a really good place to just go and observe everything around you, little kids. running around with the soccer ball, you see families, and it’s a lot of fun.

GD: How close is the women’s golf family, the dynamics as a Duke women’s golfer?

AS:
  I think coming in, especially as a freshman, you’re really intimidated by all the older girls, knowing that these are the best of the best. Coming in, they were all so supportive and so understanding of everything that I was going through, helping me adjust. I know that I can go to each of them individually or all together and just ask them for advice, their support or just talk. We will go out to dinner sometimes or we’ll go out to basketball games together. It’s a really good dynamic and I’m so appreciative of that because I think that was one of the biggest things that made my transition so easy and feeling like I have a support system around me.

Andie Smith and teammates

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Andie Smith

Andie Smith

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Andie Smith

Andie Smith

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