From Juniors to Professionals: See where PGA Pros Champ and Smotherman started

Champ, Smotherman, and Gibbs started their golf journeys at a very young age. The First Tee of Greater Sacramento was just the beginning for these three golfers.

Age 8

Left to Right: Cameron Champ, Austin Smotherman, and Alex Gibbs

Age 17

Left to Right: Cameron Champ, Alex Gibbs, and Austin Smotherman

Where are they now?

The three men are now in their late 20s and have all taken different golf paths.

Cameron Champ, age 26

Champ, a former Texas A&M star and a 2018 Korn Ferry Tour graduate, turned professional in 2017 and joined the PGA Tour in 2019.

He started his own foundation, The Cameron Champ Foundation, which is focused on accessible STEM education and golf development programming that fosters an environment for academic achievement and healthy living for children/youth from under-served communities.

Austin Smotherman, age 27

In his four years at Southern Methodist University, tallied seven top-fives and an additional nine top-10s. His best finishes were three runner-up performances. He joined PGA TOUR Latinoamérica in 2017, the Korn Ferry Tour in 2019, and finally the PGA Tour for the upcoming year, 2022.

Alex Gibbs, age 26

Gibbs went on to play golf in college at Sacramento State University. He competed in two tournaments as an individual
shot 78-77-71-225 to tie for 38th place at the Sacramento State Invitational
carded rounds of 84-80-76-240 at the Fresno State Classic.

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