Carolinas amateur champion Smith, 80, dies

Charles Blalock Smith, who played on two victorious Walker Cup teams in the 1960s and won numerous amateur championships, died March 16 in Gastonia, N.C., the Gaston Gazette reported. He was 80.

Smith played on the 1961 and ‘63 teams that defeated Great Britain and Ireland, at Seattle Golf Club and Turnberry, Scotland, respectively.

Smith was among the nation’s premier amateurs in the early 1960s. In the summer of 1960, he won the North & South Amateur and the Southern Amateur. He added the Eastern Amateur title in 1962. He also was a past champion of the Azalea Invitational, the Carolinas Amateur and the Carolinas Open. Smith played in four Masters Tournaments.

He was a 1962 graduate of The Citadel and served in the Air Force. Smith was a member of The Citadel and the Carolinas Golf Association halls of fame.

A memorial service was scheduled for March 19 at The Episcopal Church of the Advent in Gastonia.

The family asked that memorials be made to The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409-6150.

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