Looking ahead to 2012
Coast star moves to keep it simple
By Steve Zemek
THE Sunshine Coast's Sarah-Jane Smith says she is getting back to basics.
After a disappointing 2011 LPGA season, Smith is seeking to simplify her short game, believing she has let herself become bogged down in an avalanche of advice.
Smith started the year in promising fashion, finishing in a share of 10th at the season-opening RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup in March before missing the cut in seven of her past 11 events. Read more>>
Battling Celiac disease
Sarah Jane Smith: Taking a swing at Celiac disease
By Gina Roberts-Grey
Ever since she was a little girl, Australian-born pro golfer Sarah Jane Smith, 26, has had two passions: Golf and food. A slew of golf titles Down Under lead to the links phenomenon turning professional and qualifying for the LPGA at age 22. But the diagnosis of Celiac disease a year later derailed the pasta and pizza lover’s palate.
Sarah started playing when she was 12, and immediately fell in love. “My parents raised me to believe I could do anything, so I set my sights on becoming a pro golfer and never looked back.” At 15, her swing and approach helped her land a spot on the Australian Junior Team.
In 2002 Sarah won both the Australian Junior Championship and the Queensland Junior Championship, and was ranked the top junior in Australia that year. She went on to be the top-ranked amateur in 2003. Read more >>
On Other Tours: Kenyon wins on Duramed FUTURES Tour
Kenyon Completes Wire-To-Wire Win In Season Finale At ILOVENY Championship
ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 7, 2008 - Sarah-Jane Kenyon of Queensland, Australia, earned her second professional win in wire-to-wire fashion at the $100,000 ILOVENY Championship, finishing with a final-round score of 2-under-par 69.
Kenyon carded a three-day total of 9-under-par 204 and had a three-stroke cushion over three-time Tour winner Mindy Kim (67) of Diamond Bar, Calif., who finished at 6-under-par 207.
Sophia Sheridan (69) of Guadalajara, Mexico, moved up into the top 10 of the season money list, finishing third at 4-under-par 209.
Rookies Vicky Hurst (73) of Melbourne, Fla., and Jenny Suh (72) of Fairfax, Va., tied for fourth at 2-under-par 211. Read More>>
Q&A with Sarah-Jane Kenyon
Sarah-Jane Kenyon Points Aim At Five LPGA Cards
Fourth-year Duramed FUTURES Tour member Sarah-Jane Kenyon of Queensland, Australia, is having the best season since her rookie year with four top-five finishes in seven events this year. Kenyon won the Tour's 2005 tournament in Tampa, Fla., in her inaugural professional season in the United States, but has wrestled with the ups and downs of a young pro career ever since.
Following that rookie win, she has gone from a No. 10 ranking in 2005, to 27th in 2006, and 29th in 2007. Taking steps this season to reverse her path, Kenyon has whittled her scoring average to a career-low 71.18 strokes per round and is currently ranked eighth on the Duramed FUTURES Tour's season money list following her tie for 15th last week in Kentucky. She held LPGA status in 2006, and has non-exempt LPGA status this season, posting a tie for 31st at the LPGA Corning Classic for her best LPGA finish in 2008. Read More>>
Smith to change more than her name
By Jon Tuxworth
Old habits die hard. One of the Sunshine Coast's premier golfers discovered that firsthand yesterday.
Caloundra's Sarah Jane Kenyon now goes by the name Sarah Jane Smith after marrying fiancé Duane recently.
But the change in moniker is obviously taking a little getting used to.
"Oh hi, it's Sarah Jane Kenyon here," she said yesterday when returning the Daily's request for an interview, before quickly correcting herself. Read More>>