Date: August 12, 2008

Smith bounces back on debut in Sweden

Western Australia s Kristie Smith has bounced back to finish a respectable 1-over par at the end of the Scandinavian TPC tournament in Sweden- her first tournament as a professional. Smith s opening round was tough going. Bogeys on the second and fourth were the only blemishes on the front nine but the back nine proved a house of horrors. The advantage of two early birdies at the 11th and 12th vanished after a vicious triple-bogey on the 15th left her with an opening round score of 6-over 78. But to her credit Smith bounced back. Her second round included three birdies on the front nine and two on the way home to give her a 4-under score of 68 and a ten shot improvement on the previous day s play. Her final round included five birdies but a double bogey on the 14th and bogey on the 17th brought Smith back to a 1-under round of 71 and 1-over for the tournament. She was joined at 1-over by fellow Australian Dana Lacey. South Korean teenager Amy Yang won the event with a three round score of 14-under 202 including an extraordinary round of 9-under 63 to win by eight strokes from Finland s Minea Blomqvist. Host Annika Sorenstam finished in a group of four Swedes at 7-under. Scorecard: 1.Amy Yang (KOR) 70-69-63- 202 T2.Minea Blomqvist (FIN) 74-71-63- 208 T2.M lodie Bourdy (FRA) 71-71-66- 208 T2.Maria Hjorth (SWE) 72-64-72- 208 T2.Lill Saether (NOR) 71-64-73- 208 T13. Nikki Garrett (AUS) 74-67-70- 211 T28. Karen Lunn (AUS) 214 T30. Sarah Nicholson (AUS) 215 T40. Kristie Smith (AUS) 217 T40. Dana Lacey (AUS) 217