30 Jan '12, 3pm

Learning curve: Smith adjusting to pro golf in U.S., rigors of LPGA Tour: By Neal Reid It's difficult enough for...

Learning curve: Smith adjusting to pro golf in U.S., rigors of LPGA Tour: By Neal Reid It's difficult enough for...

It's difficult enough for a golfer to deal with the rigors of the professional game, but for Australian Sarah Jane Smith , she also had to adjust to living and traveling in the United States. After a highly successful amateur career in Australia - she was the top-ranked junior in 2002, top-ranked amateur in 2003 and a member of the 2004 Australian World Cup Team - Smith cut her teeth on the Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) Tour and the Duramed FUTURES Tour. She won a FUTURES Tour event in 2005, but struggled with her game and the demands of being a full-time professional. Smith's growing pains were similar to other players' experiences, and they were frustrating for the decorated amateur. "It has definitely been a lot tougher than I thought," said Smith, whose husband, Duane, caddies for her. "I got off to a good start on the FUTURES Tour and won my second event ...

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