Smith to be honoured with Brisbane’s Keys to the City
It’s only been a week since Cameron Smith lit up the final round of the 150th Open Championship to walk away with his first major title and become the first Australian to achieve the feat since Greg Norman in 1993.
And now his home town of Brisbane, Queensland is set to honour the 28-year-old superstar with the Keys to the City. Smith will join former recipients including Powderfinger, Savage Garden, Pat Rafter, Jeff Horn and Broncos legend, Darren Lockyer.
Brisbane’s Cameron Smith will be honoured with Keys to the City (Credit: R&A)
“I’m incredibly thankful to the Lord Mayor and the City of Brisbane of granting me this honour and it’s something that I’ll always take great pride in,” said Smith, who is currently on a well-earned break back in his adopted home town of Jacksonville, Florida.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner is hopeful that Smith’s win will help inspire the next wave of young Aussie golfers, who will get the rare chance to compete in a home Olympics in 2032.
“As a member of the highly-regarded Royal Queensland (RQ) golf course at Eagle Farm for the past 12 years, it was while playing for the club that Cameron’s career took off and he turned pro,” Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said.
“This same golf course will host the Olympic golf competition in 2032 and to have champions like Cameron having called this course home is extremely significant.”
“I’m sure Cameron’s win will have inspired the next generation of local golfing talent who now can now dream of representing Australia at home during the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
“This Brisbane-born golfer has shown incredible commitment, skills and determination throughout his career and has always done our city proud.”
The World No.2 is expected to return home to Australia for the first time in three years this summer.