This week is our fourth “Player of the Week” feature on LPGA.com. Every week throughout 2012, we will spotlight one LPGA player and provide an in depth look into her life -- both on the course and off of it. Keep coming back each day to learn more about Sarah Jane Smith.
Smith adjusting to pro golf in U.S., rigors of LPGA Tour
BY NEAL REID
It's difficult enough for a golfer to deal with the rigors of the professional game, but for Australian Sarah Jane Smith, she also had to adjust to living and traveling in the United States.
After a highly successful amateur career in Australia - she was the top-ranked junior in 2002, top-ranked amateur in 2003 and a member of the 2004 Australian World Cup Team - Smith cut her teeth on the Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) Tour and the Duramed FUTURES Tour. She won a FUTURES Tour event in 2005, but struggled with her game and the demands of being a full-time professional.
Smith's growing pains were similar to other players' experiences, and they were frustrating for the decorated amateur.
"It has definitely been a lot tougher than I thought," said Smith, whose husband, Duane, caddies for her. "I got off to a good start on the FUTURES Tour and won my second event out there, and then the next few years were a struggle. Being away from home and my coach was a huge adjustment from amateur golf, and it took me a few years to get a good team around me in the U.S." More >>
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