This weekend was a busy one for IJGA alumni and the professional students of IJGA Director of Instruction, Kevin Smeltz.
Sarah-Jane Smith of Geelong, Australia, and a student of Smeltz, spent the weekend in her own back yard playing in the Ladies European Tour’s ISPS Handa NZ Women’s Open at the Clearwater Golf Course in Christchurch, New Zealand. Smith finished the 54-hole tournament in tenth place, her best finish this season, with a 6-under-par score of 210. Her best round was her second where she carded a score of 4-under-par 68. Perhaps more impressive was her strong start in the final round though where she carded three straight birdies and finished with one on the 18th hole.
On the LPGA Tour, Shanshan Feng of Guangzhou, China, earned tenth place honors at the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament. In the 72-hole tournament, Feng finished 10-under-par 278. Feng shot under par in every round, including her best round, the fourth and final where she shot a 4-under-par 68. In this round, she made six birdies. Feng, moved up to 35th place in the Race to the CME Globe, which is the yearlong competition for the largest prize in women’s professional golf.