By Neal Reid
Most people are multi-dimensional individuals consisting of several layers, and Australia’s Sarah Jane Smith is no different.
She’s not just a professional golfer trying week-in and week-out to make her mark on the LPGA Tour. Away from the course, golf is often not on the hobby list of the six-year pro.
Whether it’s arts and crafts, baking, painting or surfing, Smith has a number of interests to keep her busy when she’s not teeing it up. It’s important for Smith to have outside interests that help clear her mind and add joy to her life.
“It’s absolutely essential to have an outlet,” she said. “Sometimes it’s very easy to get consumed by golf, whether it’s good golf or bad golf. I just love everything arts, and I could spend a lot of money in Michaels.
“When we’re at our place in Orlando, I love to bake. Cupcakes are my favorite to make since I get to decorate them, and then it’s eatable art.” Being at home – both in the U.S. and abroad – in the offseason offers additional outlets for Smith and her husband, Duane.
“When we are in Australia, my husband loves going to the beach, so we spend a lot of time surfing,” said Smith, who was married in 2009.
When asked to describe something most people don’t know about her, Smith mentioned her tattoos.
“I have two tattoos, which everyone can see,” she said. “One’s a little star on my wrist, which is also my marking on my golf ball, and the other is writing on my arm that says ‘eight sideways,’ which is the infinity symbol. I got it after we got married.”
She also wears her pride for her native Australia on her sleeve. Smith is looking to add the 2016 Olympics to her list of times representing her country in golf.
Smith had done so six times before, both as a junior and an amateur. She was a member of the Australian Junior Team in 1999 and from 2000-02 and the Queensland State Team from 2003-04 before turning pro in December of 2004.
They are experiences she cherishes greatly.
“It’s something I’m very proud of,” said Smith, who began playing golf at age 12. “My goal was to get to be the No. 1 amateur, so to do that was a massive achievement for me. I was still in high school when I was representing Australia, so to be traveling to some amazing places playing golf representing my country was a huge honor.”