Sam Smith’s overwhelming generosity and spirit have given two aspiring Queensland golfers an experience they’ll cherish all the time.
Golf Australia excessive-performance popular supervisor Brad James said Elvis Smylie and Tyler Duncan have been still buzzing after spending time round Smith in Florida currently, even in spite of Hurricane Dorian passing perilously close.
“The younger men have been absolutely thrilled that they’d the threat to rise up close to a star of the PGA Tour and spot exactly how he prepares and trains,” James said.
“But without a doubt, everybody round Australian golfing is just as pleased that Cam is so unbelievably beneficiant along with his time and money to turn these what might otherwise be pipedreams into an extraordinary getting to know the truth.
“Thanks, Cam – it’s this kind of stuff, now not like what Karrie Webb does with our young girls, on the way to preserve Australian golfing robust into the next era.”
Following are notes that the Duncan and Smylie penned in thanks to their host, but also to give an explanation for a number of the activities they had been capable of enjoying as a part of their Cameron Smith Scholarship
“Despite the thrilling weather, staying and gaining knowledge of with Cam turned into a once-in-an entire life experience.
“We commenced off with the aid of fleeing Hurricane Dorian to Tampa in which we practiced and performed at The Concession Golf Club, which became extremely disturbing and challenging.
“After arriving lower back into Jacksonville an afternoon later with most of the people of the courses still closed, we explored the town’s areas as well as the food that there has been on providing.
“Finally after a couple of days of consistent rain and winds, we had been capable of step on to the renowned TPC Sawgrass … that’s just a WOW!
“The exercise centers themselves are immaculate, leaving myself and Elvis amazed. Playing the route then again is an entirely special enjoy.
“The first three holes became spent just trying to realize that we had been truly playing Sawgrass. As the spherical stepped forward, the greater a laugh the course has become.
“The subsequent days of gambling and working towards there were simply surreal and the experience turned into like no different.
“This is simply something that I will take plenty away from in phrases of no longer only abilities, but what it’s like and what it takes to be a visiting pro.
“I cannot thank Cam enough for allowing us to enjoy something like this.”
“When I changed into informed that I changed into one of the recipients of the Cameron Smith Scholarship, I was so excited.
“Spending the week in Cam’s residence in Florida became so great. Never did I assume I might have the possibility to train with one of the global’s satisfactory golfers.
“The week changed into the whole lot I hoped for and greater … The facilities at the courses had been international elegance and it was an exceptional possibility for me to recognize what’s required to take my game to the following stage.
“Before flying out to Florida, Tony (Meyer, Golf Australia’s Queensland and NT excessive overall performance supervisor), Tyler and I knew there has been going to be a typhoon that might hit Jacksonville right when we had been approximately to get there.
“We were underneath mandatory evacuation for most people of the week, which intended that all the golfing publications had been close. For our protection, we made the selection to pressure to Tampa which is about 4 hours south-west of Ponte Vedra to play The Concession. There is lots of history approximately this membership … Think about Royal Birkdale in the course of the 1969 Ryder Cup and the well-known in shape among Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin!
“Once we got again up to Jacksonville later within the week, we got to play TPC a few instances … What an awesome direction that is, specifically when you get to birdie 17!
“Obviously, every golfer has the dream of playing at the PGA Tour and I’m no one of a kind, so to accept this possibility through Cam become an as soon as-in-a-lifetime enjoy.
“To truly play a couple of rounds with Cam and to observe how he gets around the golf route become the first-rate element I learned for the week … To see his processes and level of attention on every shot was something I realize I can follow to my personal sport.