Jet-setting Smith finds her groove on LPGA Tour
SHE'S gone from country to country for each of the past eight weeks but it's hardly deterred Little Mountain's Sarah Jane Smith, who is relishing a career-best season.
The 32-year-old has made 20 consecutive cuts on the LPGA Tour, including a runner-up result at the lucrative Citi Banamex Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Mexico City on Monday.
"Sarah's golf has definitely been really solid this year.” her husband and caddie Duane said after the $65,000 pay day.
"She's struck the ball much better than the previous few years. I would say her iron play and wedges have been the main reason for her lower and more consistent scoring.”
Smith's been on tour for a decade but has really found her groove now. She's 54th on the official money list.
"I think she genuinely feels like she can win now,” Duane said.
"She doesn't feel like everything has to fall into place for it to happen. We know her best is good enough.”
The duo is based in Florida, where she plays out of Bay Hill Golf Club.
"We're not there a whole lot, most of the time we're on the road. We've been in a different country every week for the last eight weeks,” Duane said.
In a whirlwind tour, they did China, Taiwan, Vietnam, back to China, Malaysia, Japan, Mexico and now back in the U.S.
"We're never in one place for too long but we are headed home to Oz pretty soon,” Duane said.
Not before the final event of the LPGA season in Florida and then the Queens Cup in Japan, where she will represent the ALPG Tour along with eight other Australians, against Korea, Japan and Europe.
They will be back in Queensland around Christmas.
"We can't wait. We love the Sunshine Coast more than anywhere in the world,” Duane said.
Their families live in the region. Sarah grew up playing at Caloundra Golf Club but generally practices at Chancellor Park Golf Range (which is run by Duane's father) or at Pelican Waters.
THE final round of this year's Ladies Golf Series will be played at Noosa Springs on Tuesday, with one lucky golfer certain of winning a Noosa Springs holiday.