Daniel Augustus and Camiko Smith endure tough time in Florida
Daniel Augustus and Camiko Smith found life tough on the Advocates Professional Golf Association Tour in Florida this week.
The Bermudian pair were among a field of 44 professionals that competed at the APGA Tour Florida at St John’s Golf and Country Club on Monday and Tuesday.
Augustus saw his hopes for a second straight top-ten finish at this level go up in smoke after a final round 78 left him seventeenth at eight over for the tournament, while Smith found the going even tougher as he finished tied for 41st, 24 shots over par.
Marcus Byrd won the 36-hole event by a commanding ten shots with fellow Americans David White and Kevin Hall tied for second at one under.
This week’s tournament was Augustus and Smith’s second appearance on the tour this month after they competed at the APGA Tour Black History Month Classic at the Indian Canyon Golf Resort in Palm Springs, California.
On that occasion Smith briefly topped the leaderboard just after the start of the final round before dropping away to finish tied for 23rd, while Augustus finished 19th.
Smith is a newcomer to the APGA Tour while Augustus has already enjoyed considerable success at this level after achieving four top-five finishes last year, including second at the APGA Scottsdale and tied for second at the APGA Mastercard Tour Championship.
The APGA Tour was created in 2010 as a non-profit organisation with the intention of bringing greater diversity to the game of golf by staging tournaments, player development programmes and mentoring programmes.
The Tour made its debut on the island’s shores last October when Port Royal Golf Course hosted the Butterfield Bermuda APGA Championship which Millie Mack III won in a play-off with fellow Americans Joseph Hooks and Byrd.
Bermuda’s Damian Palanyandi, Cory DeSilva, Oliver Betschart and Smith also competed in the inaugural 36-hole event at the par-71 Southampton layout.
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