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Smith hopes under a cloud

Coming unstuck: Smith was two under par through 15 holes, but bogeyed two of the last three (Photo by Akil Simmons)

Camiko Smith’s hopes of securing a spot on this year’s Latin American Tour all but ended under partly cloudy skies in Sebring, Florida yesterday.

The Bermudian professional golfer produced his best showing during yesterday’s third round of the Latin American Tour qualifier at the Sun N’ Lake Golf Club after signing off with an even par 72, that included three birdies.

Smith was two under par through 15 holes but came unstuck after bogeying two of the last three holes coming in.

After 54 holes he was tied for 72nd at five-over-par, 221 for the tournament, well shy of where he needs to be to achieve his qualifying objective.

Latin American Tour membership will be awarded to the top 30 players and tied at the conclusion of the 72-hole qualifier.

The winner will secure full exemption to the 2017 Latin American Tour while the next ten players will receive exempt status for the first half of the season and will be subject to the reshuffle for the second half of the season.

The remaining 19 players and anyone tied for the last qualifying position, will receive conditional status and will be eligible for the reshuffle.

The Latin American Tour is one of several lower-tier tours that factor into the Official World Golf Ranking.

The top five in the tour’s Order of Merit earn status onto the Web.com Tour, with the money leader being fully exempt to the PGA Tour.

n Bermuda’s Walker Campbell and Jarryd Dillas found the going tough during yesterday’s opening round of the Latin American Amateur Championship in Panama City.

College of William and Mary student Campbell carded a six -over-par 76, which included six bogeys, at the Club de Golf de Panama to grab a share of 73rd in a field of 108.

Three shots back tied for 93rd is Dillas, whose opening round of nine-over-par 79 contained three double bogeys, five bogeys and two birdies.

Julian Périco, of Peru, leads the field by one shot.

The winner of the championship, now in its third year, will secure a spot at this year’s Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club, which takes place between April 6 and 9.