Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith wraps up his week-long stay across the pond covering the British Open for The Albany Herald with a look back at Sunday’s unpredictable finish that saw Adam Scott blow a big lead on an unforgiving Royal Lytham course and hand the Open's Claret Jug to Ernie Els on a silver platter.
Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about the scenic town of Lytham, which is hosting the British Open.
Loran Smith writes a column about Harris English, a recent Georgia grad who rallies in the second round to make the cut in his first British Open.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith takes a closer look at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, the beautiful and challenging course the world’s best golfers will have to conquer this week at the 141st annual British Open.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith, who will be in England all week reporting on the 141st annual British Open, previews golf's third major of the year.
Former UGA sidelines reporter and current Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith sits down and catches up with former Bulldogs great Guy McIntyre, a Thomasville native.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith writes about Keith Jackson, who became the longtime face and voice of college football on ABC-TV.
On the way to Callaway Gardens, it was refreshing to organize lunch at Newnan’s “Redneck Gourmet,” founded by the late Mike Smith and run by his widow, Cile, and her sons, Casey and Chad.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith believes that except for Pebble Beach, there might not be a more exciting setting for a championship than the Olympic Club.
SAN ANTONIO — The Alamo-or “Mission San Antonio de Valero” to the Spanish-is quiet and peaceful today, but it will always be remembered for a bloody battle in 1836 with which most everybody is familiar.
On Highway 53, the road to Dawsonville, only a half-dozen miles north of the chicken capital of the world, is a place called Harbour Point. Must have driven by it scores of times over the years without knowing what lay beyond the entry gate.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith sits down with Georgia linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti, who shares his heartfelt --- and gut-wrenching --- story of his four-year-okd daughter Kasyn's battle with leukemia.
There is much to see and explore in Texas’s most famous city. Houston and San Antonio, even Austin, might take exception to that, but Dallas, if you count the Metroplex, is the most populous in the state, with the most recent head count standing at 6,371,773. Houston’s population is 6,086,538.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith writes about the difficulty for coaches at any level to step away from coaching.
There has always been a fascination with immigrant stories — not about those who steal across any borders, but about those who come here to live the American dream and to immerse themselves into society, obeying the laws and giving back to their communities.
Herald Guest Columnist looks back on the remarkable life and career of former UGA great Willie Fowler, who died of Alzheimer's last week.
A comforting respite on a weekend while visiting old friends, who live by the Chattahoochee in Atlanta, was again a reminder that in this state, there generally is a pleasant and alluring environment wherever you pause — there’s good living to be found everywhere.
Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about former Georgia Tech star Matt Kuchar's recent win at TPC Sawgrass.
HELEN - Jimmy Harris, the gentleman proprietor of Unicoi Outfitters, didn’t have to extend his invitation but once: “Why don’t you come up for lunch and spend an afternoon on the Chattahoochee?”
NORTH AUGUSTA, S. C. - The spacious home of Tim and Natalie Nixon overlooks the Savannah River. Out on the water, where once there were barges that floated cotton down to Savannah, there are now recreational and fishing boats.
SWAINSBORO — Growing up in Wrightsville my first memory of Swainsboro, 26 miles away, was a bus trip over to the Pine Tree Festival in the mid-fifties. It was nice to experience a parade with an opportunity to observe displays and booths of all types. Not really anything to write home about, however.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith looks back on the life and career of UGA great Charley Trippi, who was honored last week.
AIKEN, S. C. - Last week during the Masters, I had the good fortune of spending time in Aiken, the laid-back Southern town with an interesting past.
Herald Guest Columnist and longtime University of Georgia supporter Loran Smith looks back on the Bulldogs’ own Bubba Watson capturing the Masters on Sunday at Augusta.
In case you haven't heard, I did not win the lottery.
Loran Smith writes about the brutal third round of the Masters
Loran Smith is at the Masters all week, and on Wednesday he writes about longtime legend Arnold Palmer.
Loran Smith writes about the rare beauty and majesty of the Masters.
Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Cardinal pitcher Jake Westbrook, a native of Ila, Ga., who was instrumental in St. Louis' World Series title last season.
Little boys play baseball when it is fun for everybody. While immature exuberance often goes over the top with some parents, the most fun for the little guys comes when the game is over, nobody is bent out of shape with regard to who wins or who loses, and there is pizza and ice cream for everybody.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith offers his tribute to the life and career of the dean of Georgia sports writers, Furman Bisher, who died last Sunday at the age of 93.
Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Former Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton and his journey to 300-plus wins and 3,500-plus strikeouts.
Spring likely will have sprung in Thomasville by the time this reaches print — if not in full bloom, enough so that the planting of crops, the flowering of plants and shrubs, and emergence of balmy conditions will signal that the growing season has begun in this gem of a south Georgia community.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith takes a closer look at Saturday's huge confidence-building win for the Bulldogs over the Gators, which may have signified big things for the future of the struggling program.
Serendipity is when you get a surprise package at your front door that links you to your past. That happened a few days ago, when a box of pear relish showed up at our address — six mouth-watering jars of a side dish I learned to appreciate to the fullest, growing up on a farm where the highlight of the day was a filling meal.
DESOTO — On a cold day — not biting, but just right for quail hunting — the hospitality of the hosts warmed the atmosphere considerably.
Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Georgia's perceived easy football schedule next season.
A long flight or time spent driving to a destination, deep in an adjoining state, allows time to reflect and reminisce.
Herald Guest Columnis Loran Smith takes a look at Ravens coach John Harbaugh as Baltimore gets set to duel with the Texans in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs Sunday, which could set up a rematch against his brother Jim, the coach of the San Francisco 49ers, in the Super Bowl.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith looks back on some of the other cases in college football history where teams failed to win a rematch after winning the first meeting after Alabama demolished LSU, 21-0, in Monday's BCS National Championship game.
Ol’ timers here can remember when Newnan was 30 miles from Atlanta — a nice drive up through croplands and pastures to a city on the move.
SHELLMAN BLUFF — This coastal fishing village has not changed very much since the forties when it had its beginnings.
Loran Smith remembers some of Georgia's best bowl moments.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith is glad that former UGA star Jake Scott got into the College Football Hall of Fame, but says there are plenty of other Bulldogs stars in multiple sports who still deserve recognition.
Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about how successful Georgia coach Mark Richt has been this season.
Julie Moran, Thomasville native and Georgia graduate, lives in the Hollywood environment but has an unconventional approach to working in the television industry.
Blue Ridge is the county seat of Fannin, where more and more visitors enjoy hanging out.
LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Unlikely to be a star upon first glance, freshman Bennett emerges as big-play WR for Georgia
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith talks a closer look at Bulldogs freshman WR Michael Bennett, who has emerged as a big-play threat for Georgia this year.
The notion of higher education always brings about feelings of sentimental warmth. When you walk a college campus and absorb the atmosphere and environment, you find yourself thinking aloud, if you are anything like this campus collector, “I would like to have enrolled here.”
For many of us the fall season begins as soon as we can wear long sleeves in the early morning hours, sometime after Labor Day, and lasts through Thanksgiving.