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Hole-in-one highlight of mixed week for Smith

Camiko Smith warmed up for upcoming Web.com Tour qualifiers with an impressive showing in Canada last week.

The Bermuda golfer carded a five-under-par 279 to finish tied for fifteenth among a field of eighty golfers at the Southern Ontario Open, his third tournament appearance of the year.

Smith shot no lower than even par in each of the four rounds at the par-71 Hidden Lake Golf Club New Course in Ontario and peaked with a three-under-par 68 in the penultimate round.

He also carded a hole-in-one and two eagles in the second round to make the cut.

“It was a bit of a mixed bag of fruit type of a week,” Smith said. “I had a hole-in-one and two eagles in one round, which was interesting to say the least.”

Smith carded his ace at the par three, 3rd after his 6-iron off the tee landed a just shy of the flag and rolled in.

He then carded the first of two eagles at the par-5 8th after draining a 30 foot putt from the back of the green.

His second eagle arrived at the par -5 14th after his wind assisted 8-iron approach from 180 yards landed inches from the cup.

Overall, Smith was satisfied with his performance in Ontario.

“I am not playing as much due to work so I can fund these events,” he said. “But being it was my third tournament of the year, I feel good about my play.”

Raoul Menard won last week's Southern Ontario Open by one shot with a four round total of 24 -under-par 260.

Meanwhile, Smith is now gearing up for next month's three-stage Web.com Tour qualifiers.

“Web.com is the gateway tour onto the PGA Tour and the PGA Tour is my main goal,” he said. “My ultimate goal is to get on the PGA Tour, but you have to go to the Web.com qualifying first.

“I am looking at playing at two possible locations, one in St. Augustine, Florida and other in New Brunswick, Atlanta.”

In May Smith came up short in his bid to progress beyond local qualifying in the US Open for the third straight year at the Longmeadow Country Club in Massachusetts after failing to secure one of the five qualifying spots available.

Ace in the hole: Smith had an up and down week in Canada

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Published August 02, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated August 02, 2016 at 8:32 am)

Hole-in-one highlight of mixed week for Smith

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