JUSTIN Smith knows a week can be a long time in golf and during the next four days he’d love nothing better than to prove that’s the case.
Smith returns this week to Toowoomba looking to put his game back into positive territory when he lines up in the 2009 Queensland PGA Championship.
The 28-year-old will be one of 144 starters today in the $110,000 City Golf Club event which continues through until Sunday.
Smith last month returned to Australia following a disappointing year on the Canadian tour and after some mixed performances in recent weeks on the West Australian circuit he is looking for the familiar surrounds of City to help coax his game into top gear.
“I made a lot of good starts in Canada only to see my game fall away over the last couple of days,’’ Smith said.
“I put a lot of that down to mental approach and nerves.
“I’ve been working with my sport psychologist Michael Fox in trying to overcome that and I believe he’s helped me a come a fair way.’’
Smith will join a strong list of local players looking for a home-town edge over their PGA rivals on the City layout where he would also like to follow in some family footsteps.
Smith’s father and former City professional Bryan Smith won the 1977 PGA title at Royal Queensland where he reeled in a staggering nine-shot start to John Klatt during the final round.
“I have no set expectations going into this week’s event,’’ Smith said.
“Of course a win would be nice but my goal will be a top-10 finish,’’ Smith said.
“I spent a couple of days at the Coast with mum and dad and I’m feeling pretty good at the moment.
“One week is sometimes all it takes to turn things around and I’m really looking forward to the next few days.
“Mum and dad are going to spend some time here following me around and I’m sure there is going to be a lot of support for our local contingent from members and the Toowoomba public.
“They reckon your home-town tournament is the hardest to win but I’m just going to go out and try and feed off the great atmosphere and see where it takes me.’’
Smith hits off today at 11am from the first tee alongside Adam Le Vesconte and Tom Prowse.
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