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2020-10-31 - 03:48:13  SPORTS | 

THANK YOU PGA, I’M GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY SAYS CAMIKO SMITH


Bermudian golfer Camiko Smith held miced feelings after competing in the latest installment of the PGA Bermuda Championship, placing 126th but missing the cut following a tough round of 81 in blustery conditions at Port Royal Golf Course.

The failure to make it to the weekend, while not a real surprise considering the young Smith was competing against top professionals to play the game for a living, was a disappointment, especially after his first round of play had shown a great deal of promise up until the end when he faded from two under to finish with an even par 71.

A similar score on Friday would have earned him an opportunity to play two more rounds, but his ballooning to plus 10 cancelled any such notions, with the cutline established at plus-one.

“It’s two stories. I feel great to, one, be inside the rope playing this event, my first PGA Tour event, so I feel great about that, he told TNN’s Trevor Lindsay following play at the windswept public course in Southampton. “The other side is obviously I wish I could have played better, but that’s just how things go with golf.

“You miss a cut and usually it’s on to a next one. I’m not going to a next one unfortunately, but I’m happy with my experience.”
Smith was second among the locals competing, with Michael Sims placing in a tie for the 100th spot while Anthony Phipps struggled in anchoring the field.

Asked what he might have done differently to make for a better showing Smith pointed to preparation.

“I would have liked to prepare more and a bit better,” he said. “Being tied to, or being stuck in Bermuda and not being able to practice with my coach has been kind of tough.

“Today on the course what I could have done better was just probably manage myself better mentally and not let it slip. But all in all I have high expectation, still I’m happy with the experience.”

He acknowledged the drastic change in conditions from a mild Thursday, conducive to scoring, to a blustery Friday that greatly toughened the course and made ball placement difficult to say the least.

“I’m used to the breeze, I just didn’t hit a lot of shots the way I usually hit them,” he explained. “Maybe it’s just the different conditions, being inside the ropes at a PGA event, so just something to learn from and get used to and try to do a little more often so the nerves slowly go away.”

Smith acknowledge the PGA organizers, the sponsoring Bermuda Tourism Authority and all the local and other spectators for the great support granted him over the duration of the event.

“It was amazing from first tee to 18 green, all the people were clapping, cheering me on and supporting … it was great and a great experience,” added Smith.

Smith was looking forward to seizing the opportunity again next year, but was gearing toward competing in the current season and making advancements in his game.
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