Date: February 13, 2014
Author: Martin Blake /

Smith aims high at home event

Sarah Jane Smith has been plying her trade anonymously in America for nine years now, but perhaps it is time for the Caloundra golfer to announce herself. After a “crazy&apos&apos start to the new season that has included trips to four countries, Smith carded a four-under-par 68 at Victoria today to put herself in contention for the ISPS Handa Women&aposs Australian Open. The 29-year-old Smith is in her ninth season on the LPGA Tour in the United States, but steady rather than spectacular results have kept her under the radar. A bogey-free round today, spiced with four birdies, put her within two shots of the early lead held by Norway&aposs Suzann Pettersen, the world No. 2. Smith played the LPGA season-opener in the Bahamas last month and also the New Zealand Open and the Australian Ladies Masters on the Gold Coast, where she finished tied-13th. “It&aposs been a crazy start to the year,&apos&apos she said today. “We came home for Christmas and then my husband&aposs sister got married in Fiji, so we went to Fiji, straight to the Bahamas and then New Zealand, Gold Coast, here, so we&aposre a few in at the moment. But I like to play a lot, so it sort of suits me.&apos&apos Born in Geelong but based in Queensland when she is not on tour, Smith&aposs competitive fires were stoked by playing in the Open. “I mean, there&aposs nothing better than playing in your home country in the National Championships. It&aposs definitely something that&aposs always been super special for me.&apos&apos