Contender Camiko Smith eyeing Johnnie Walker Classic Trophy title
Camiko Smith says it would be an honour to have his name carved on the Johnnie Walker Classic trophy.
The professional is among a strong field that will compete in the 36-hole stroke play championship at Ocean View Golf Course today and tomorrow.
Smith is backing himself to be in the hunt for honours and is looking forward to the challenge.
“I expect to be a top contender in the Johnnie Walker this weekend,” he said. “I’m very motivated and looking forward to putting my game to the test and competing.
“It would be an honour to have my name engraved on the Johnnie Walker trophy.”
As for the nine-hole, par-35 Devonshire layout, Smith said: “Ocean View might be a short course, but it’s still no cake walk. You have to pay attention to your shots into the greens as they can be a bit tricky.”
Smith has also kept his eye on the weather forecast, which calls for challenging conditions.
“The weather is meant to be a mix of high winds and rain; you never really know what can happen,” he added.
The 35-year-old is going into the event with some momentum having equalled a tournament record during the second round of the Butterfield Bermuda Championship at Port Royal Golf Course last month.
He shot a bogey-free six-under 29 on the back nine at the par-71 Southampton course to become only the third player to achieve the feat in tournament history.
“Since the Butterfield Bermuda Championship I have been keeping my game sharp,” Smith added. “I’ve been doing a few drills to get me to be more consistent in my shot making.
“This is really what contributed to my performance on my record tying performance on the back nine during the Butterfield Bermuda Championship.”
A new champion will be crowned in the professional and amateur divisions as Daniel Augustus and Eric West are not back to defend their respective titles this year.
Mid Ocean Club professional and 2019 champion Chaka DeSilva and amateurs Jarryd Dillas and Damian Palanyandi are also among those expected to be in the hunt for Augustus’s vacant crown.
Morris, who has touched the hearts of many with his courageous battle with brain cancer, is among a group of Ocean View players also keen to get their hands on the coveted trophy.