McCall Smallwood, a senior at White House Heritage High School, has committed to continue her education and collegiate golf career at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn.
Smallwood, a White House, Tenn. native, played her high school golf under the direction of Head Coach Mike Petrone. During her tenure with the Patriots, she was named the Top Academic Golf Player, while being the 2015-16 Regional Runner-up. Smallwood led her squad to a District Runner-up finish in 2016, as the team won the 2016 Robertson County Cup. They were the 2016 Wilson County Cup Runners-up.
Smallwood has averaged a nine-hole score of 47, while averaging 100 in 18-hole competitions.
Academically, Smallwood is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as the BETA Club. She also completed an internship at North Crest Hospital.
"McCall is a really sweet girl with a lot of personality," Maryville College Head Golf Coach Mandy Hammonds said. "I believe she will be a great team player that can help our team become closer as a squad. We are excited to see her join our program, especially since she is the first women's golfer from her high school to play at the collegiate level."
Smallwood is the daughter of Lisa Smallwood and Randall Nighbert.
She joins a Maryville College program that has been led by Hammonds for the past two seasons. Hammonds came to Maryville College as an assistant golf coach in 2014, before taking over as the Head Women's Golf Coach in 2015.
During the 2016-17 campaign, Hammonds led the squad to a pair of record-breaking performances. In September, Maryville set the 18-hole record of 357 – breaking the previous by five strokes – while setting the 36-hole mark at 723, six strokes better. In April, the team eclipsed its own mark, breaking both records by 10 strokes. The Scots shot 347 in the second round, while shooting 713 in the two-day tournament.
"I think Mandy has done a great job of getting our women's golf program established," Director of Maryville College Golf Programs and Head Men's Golf Coach Ron Waters said. "She brought in some new players last year, improving on that effort this year. She does a great job working with her players and coaching them. They are making a lot of improvements, and I'm looking forward to what they are going to do in the future."
Her coaching career follows a stellar career as a student-athlete at Tusculum College, where she was an All-Conference selection for the Pioneers and was coached by legendary coach Bob Dibble. She contributed to a record-breaking 18-hole round of 310 posted as a team in 2006.
Hammonds also earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in computer science and mathematics from Tusculum College in 2008. After graduation Mandy served as an assistant coach at Milligan College (Elizabethton, TN) where she helped the college recruit the first women's golf program in school history, before coming to Maryville to help build the women's squad.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester was 1,197.