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Smith rues final round slide

Camiko Smith blew up during the final round of the 82nd Rhode Island Open Championship at the Alpine Country Club in Rhode Island, USA.

The local pro carded a bogey riddled six over 78 to finish the 54 hole event with a three-day total of six over par 222 that left him tied for 36th.

Smith's final round included eight bogeys and a double bogey at the par four 17th that cancelled out the four birdies he also carded.

The nephew of veteran road runner Kavin Smith started the final round at even par for the tournament and remained there at the turn before making bogey or worst on seven of the final nine holes coming in to dash any hope of making a late surge on the leader board.

“I was a little disappointed, missed a few par putts that I should have made,” Smith lamented.

The Bermudian golfer made the cut after carding a five over par 77 in the penultimate round. Only the top 40 players plus ties advanced to the final round.

Smith was at his absolute best during the opening round, firing a sizzling five under par 67 that included an eagle at the par five tenth hole, four birdies and a solitary bogey at the par four 17th.

“I hit the ball and rolled my putts very well,” he said. “I actually left a birdie putt on the edge of the hole to shoot six under!”

Smith's superb round was bettered only by frequent Bermuda visitor and Alpine Country Club pro, Ed Kirby, who shot a seven under par 65 to take the early lead.

Kirby (207) eventually finished runner up behind winner Shawn Warren (205) who pipped his nearest rival by two shots after carding a final round four under par 68 — the second lowest score of the round.

Past Gosling's Invitational winner Kirk Hanefeld (212) finished tied for 12th after carding a one over par 73 in the final round.

“It was nice seeing them (Kirby and Hanefeld),” said Smith.

Also in the field was ex-PGA Tour player Billy Andrade who rounded off the top three finishers with a three-day total of 207.

Smith nailed the par fives at the Alpine Country Club where he carded a solitary double bogey at the par five hole during the tournament.

“Someone asked if I like destroying par fives,” he smiled. “One of my goals when I play is to birdie every par five and to snatch a eagle every now and then.”

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Published August 16, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated August 15, 2013 at 9:45 pm)

Smith rues final round slide

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