Smith misses out on first overseas win
Local pro Camiko Smith came close to capturing a maiden win on foreign soil in Florida earlier this week.
The Port Royal golfer finished second in his first appearance on the Foretheplayersgolf.com Tour after losing to eventual winner Phil Eich in a playoff.
Eich tapped in for par on the first playoff hole to clinch victory after his Bermudian rival made double bogey after his drive off the tee at the par four first hole went out of bounds.
The nephew of veteran road runner Kavin Smith, who was five-under-par at one stage at the par 72 Falcons Fire Golf Club, was forced to play an extra hole after making bogey at the 17th.
Smith’s round of four-under-par 68 included a double bogey, bogey, five birdies and an eagle at the 538-yard par five, tenth hole with a bunker shot from 30 yards.
After watching victory slip through his fingers, Smith took defeat all in stride.
“Unfortunately I wasn’t successful in claiming first prize, but I came away with a great learning experience,” he said. “Although I lost in the playoff it was a great experience.
“I didn’t know how the day was going to go being that my last real competitive round was at the Bacardi Par 3 Championship.”
As for his signature shot, the eagle at ten, Smith said: “I had 256 (yards) to the hole I hit a three wood which I pushed slightly right into a trap that was 30 yards short of the green. I was just trying to get it close, just my luck it happened to have went in.”
Smith is currently in the US pursuing a dream of playing on the PGA Tour.
He now intends to play in a few more mini tour events before he tries his luck at qualifying for this year’s US Open.
“Next for me is to play in a few more mini tour events then travel to Boston where I will be doing my US Open qualifier on May 9 at Pinehills Golf Club,” he said. “I will then head to Canada to play in a two day event on the Themandarintour.com May 14-15.”
Last month saw Smith card a hole in one at the Gosling’s Dark n Stormy Invitational at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and finish second among the local pros behind Port Royal stablemate Dwayne Pearman at the Bacardi Par 3 World Championship at Turtle Hill Golf Club.
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