(Born January 4, 1948) -- You knew how good a golfer Lancy Smith is if you’ve followed local sports over the past several years. You might not know her full first name. It’s Delancy.
Smith’s father was a good golfer, frequently breaking 80, and her brothers were good too. Lancy must have had some encouragement around the house when she took up the game at the age of eight.
A mere 10 years later, Smith won the state amateur championship. From there, her career took over. She was one of the best players in the country throughout the 1970s and early 1980s.
Smith played in five Curtis Cup championships, a top international competition. What’s more, she qualified for 15 United States Open championships. Smith must have hit the ball pretty well for someone 5-foot-3 and 113 pounds.
All of that gave her a variety of honors, including being named the captain of the Curtis Cup team in 1994. Smith also is a member of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
--- Budd Bailey