Smyth top Aussie at Dogwood Invitational

Travis Smyth secured a top-10 finish at the Dogwood Invitational in Atlanta last Friday to be the best of the Aussies finishing at 14-under and in a tie for 8th position.

Smyth, who plays out of St Michael’s in Sydney and is coached by John Serhan, fired rounds of 70-66-68-70 to finish in 8th position, seven from the leaders Trey Rule and Zach Seabolt.

Travis Smyth Travis Smyth (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Rule outlasted Seabolt in a two-hole playoff to capture the championship title.

Rule, a senior at Mercer, and Seabolt, a sophomore at Winthrop, each finished 72 holes at 21-under after Seabolt birdied the 18th hole and Rule bogeyed.

The win was Rule’s second after claiming the CPT Georgia title in 2013 and sees his world ranking moving to just out-side the top-100.

This is Smyth’s first US tour and he now has two top-10 finishes from two starts after a tie for 5th finish at the Rice Planters a few weeks back.

Smyth was a member of the NSW Interstate team and his best result on Australian soil was a 3rd place finish at the 2014 Tasmanian Open.

This week is the first time a full Australian contingent arrives in the US in hope of proving their game against the world’s best.

The last Aussie to win on US soil was Queensland golfer Maverick Antcliff at the 2013 Rice Planters Championship with the US based Antcliff defeating Austin Cody in a playoff at the Snee Farm Country Club in South Carolina.

Aaron Wilkin, Jarrod Felton and Jordan Junic tee up this week at the Sahalee Players Championship.

Ryan Ruffels, Smyth and Zach Stolz lead the Australian contingent at the North & South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst.

The North & South Amateur is one of the most prestigious amateur championships in the US with former winners including Jack Nicklaus and Curtis Strange.

It is also one of the most gruelling tests with three rounds of stroke play followed by four rounds of match play to determine the Champion.

The 132 player field will be cut to the low 60 and ties following the second round. The final 60 players and ties will compete for the 16 player match play field and medallist honours.

Inaugurated in 1992, the Sahalee Players Championship has quickly become one of the world’s best amateur events and rightly deserves it 21st world tournament ranking.

Past champions have included Chris Williams, Peter Uihlein and Ryan Moore.

The 72-hole, three-day tournament at Sahalee Country Club outside Seattle might not possess the same grinding schedule as the North & South, but nevertheless is a title any amateur wants to claim.