The Courier-Mail

Meeting with Nicklaus on young rookie’s card

- JIM TUCKER

YOUNG gun Cameron Smith’s heady breakout season will likely include a handshake from golfing god Jack Nicklaus at his Memorial tournament in Ohio this week.

As host, Nicklaus is always around the locker room and the week’s events when meeting fresh rookies.

Smith is utilising his seventh and final sponsor’s invitation to tee up on the PGA Tour this year after a birdiebird­ie finish for 46th (70-6768-68) at the Byron Nelson event.

ROD Pampling has hit a purple patch at the perfect time to elevate the trainee pro’s title named in his honour at Caboolture Golf Club.

The seasoned pro is 37under-par for his past nine rounds, all in the 60s, after a fine joint 22nd yesterday when stepping up to the main tour for the Byron Nelson in Dallas.

At Caboolture yesterday, Sanctuary Cove’s Daniel Morgan (67-71) led the 32 qualifiers, at four-under, into today’s matchplay stage of the Pampling Plate Match Play Championsh­ip.

Caboolture local Rick Coleman (68-72) was ranked No.3 into the match play.

PERTH’S Scott Strange has booked a spot at the British Open at St Andrews in July with his second place at the Mizuno Open in Japan.

FULL credit to Indooroopi­lly Golf Club for their four-hole Sunday scramble for kid golfers recently and Saturday morning slots for beginners at Ashgrove Golf Club.

The Indooroopi­lly fling was played from special tees 150m from each pin. Great to see Dening Day caddying for grandson Cooper just as she did for another keen youngster, her now star son Jason.

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