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Letter of Intents has been hot on the press. Multiple area players have signed baseball, softball and basketball scholarships over the past several months in Jones County. Now add golf to the list.

South Jones golf standout Emma Smithers signed her LOI with Loyola University New Orleans Monday morning inside the school’s Media Center. 

“I chose to pursue my golf career at Loyola for many reasons,” said Smithers. “I loved the campus when I visited, and I knew that by going to Loyola I would get an amazing education no matter what I ended up majoring in. The school is top notch in academics, and the classes are smaller, so you’re able to have a personal connection with your professors.”

Smithers held three other offers, including Loyola University New Orleans.


“On the golf side, I chose Loyola because the team is doing well and has a great coach,” Smithers added. “I was able to watch the team play a tournament a few days after my visit, and that helped with my decision. Coach [Drew] Goff is a great coach, any time a player needed help or a snack, he knew just what they needed and was able to help. I’m so excited to get to be part of such a great team and school.”

While at South Jones, Smithers has been a four-straight district medalist with state championship appearances. She’s also been named to Clarion Ledgers’ Top 10 girl golfer’s list. 

Smithers will start her senior season at South Jones on Feb. 25th.