Jacoby Smith

Software Engineer | Golf Enthusiast | Living with an SCI

About Me

I'm a software engineer with a passion for golf and living with Central Cord Syndrome from an SCI at the C5-C6 level. I enjoy exploring topics like computing, neurology, ancient history, geography, and astronomy.


2024 Christmas Newsletter Skelly and family's year in review!


- Valedictorian, Stafford High School - 2016
- Magna Cum Laude, BS in Computer Science & Applied Math, Vanderbilt University - 2020

Work Experience:
- DoD, NAVSEA Dahlgren (2 years) - C++ and Distributed Systems Engineering
- Capital One (1 year) - AWS Solutions Architect Certified


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Debut Tourney as Stafford's #1

Posted on August 8, 2013

My first tournament playing as the #1 for my high school team! I shot under 40 on a 9 for the first time, and lost by 22 to a guy in my group. Thanks Mattias for enraging him! article

First Time Breaking 80 in a College Prep Tourney

Posted on April 6, 2014

At 1757 Golf Club, I broke 80 for the first time from the championship tees in a tournament. leaderboard

First High School Match Shooting Even Par

Posted on September 15, 2014

One of my most memorable high school golf moments was shooting even par for the first time in a match, where I faced off against Aaron Keeton, a rival from my home course, the Gauntlet. I don't think he beat me after this. article

Top 30 Finish at VSGA Junior Championship

Posted on August 1, 2015

In my first appearance at the Virginia State Golf Association Junior Stroke Championship, I tied for 30th, shooting rounds of 75–77–78 :: 230. Bummed Jake beat me by a stroke! article

Runner-up in VHSL 5A State Golf Championship

Posted on October 14, 2015

As a senior in high school, I grinded out second place at the 5A state golf tournament. This article reflects on my top-six finish in the state championships, earning an All-State recognition. article

Community Support Following House Fire

Posted on May 9, 2016

Before my HS graduation, our family house was destroyed in a fire. The support we received is a testament to the strength and compassion of our local Stafford community. article.

Personal Best at Blue Ridge Shadows

Posted on July 17, 2016

During the summer after my senior year, I turned in a 68 at Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club (despite major storms!). It was always nice to beat Kyle Cardenas, a Taylormade-sponsored junior golfer. leaderboard

Medalist at VA State Am Qualifying

Posted on June 13, 2017

During the June 2017 State Amateur Qualifying at Fredericksburg CC, I shot even par, finally beating all my former Riverbend High School rivals. leaderboard

Community Rallies After Spinal Stroke

Posted on July 9, 2019

I suffered a rare spinal stroke the summer before my senior year of college. This interview occurred during my first few weeks in in-patient therapy. article

Named to All-Decade Golf Team

Posted on December 2, 2019

I was honored to be named to the All-Decade Golf Team by Fredericksburg.com for my performance during my senior year at Stafford High School. I placed second at the 5A state tournament and finished third in the region. article

Recovery and Return to Vanderbilt

Posted on January 4, 2020

Half a year after my spinal stroke, I had surpassed expectations and was walking again. This update, before returning to Vanderbilt to finish my senior year, highlights my journey of resilience (ft. Green Fitness!). article

Distinguished Community Service Award for STEM Advocacy

Posted on June 16, 2022

I was honored with the Distinguished Community Service Award by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) for my advocacy in STEM. This recognition was for teaching an AP computer science class virtually to upperclassmen at Stafford High School in 2021, sharing my knowledge and passion for technology and education. article

Runner-up in 2022 US Disabled Open

Posted on June 16, 2022

I was the runner-up in the 2022 US Disabled Open, with my then-girlfriend (now fiancée) caddying for me.

Return of Phi Psi TN Delta

Posted on January 7, 2023

The fraternity I acted as president of (briefly) has returned to campus. LEDN article

Debut of Army's Typhon Strike Weapon

Posted on November 18, 2023

My work at Dahlgren included development of systems to support the Army’s new Typhon strike weapon, a significant project now heading to the Indo-Pacific in 2024. article

Contact Me

Email: jacoby@arielleworld.com