The following press release appears courtesy of Titleist Australia.
Melbourne (November 11, 2009)- Adelaide golfer Andrew Smith was the envy of thousands of Australian golf fans when he teed off alongside Adam Scott in the JB Were Australian Masters Pro Am at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne today.
Up until a few short weeks ago Andrew was happily enjoying playing the odd round of golf here or there, whenever time permitted. He had taken a break from the game, and let his golf handicap lapse in the process, in order to support his wife Katie who was going through some very challenging personal times. As a thank you Katie secretly entered him in an online contest sponsored by Titleist Australia with the major prize being a trip to the Australian Masters and the chance to 'Play Golf with Adam Scott'.
Adam Scott (center) with Andrew and Katie Smith. Adam shot a 1-under 71
in the opening round of the JB Were Australian Masters yesterday.
Not only did Andrew and Katie end up with a ringside seat to watch Adam fire eight birdies in near flawless exhibition of golf around the Kingston Heath layout, their fourball team finished runner up to tournament drawcard Tiger Woods' group in the morning Pro Am field.
Asked if he felt any pressure playing alongside one of the world's top golfers, Andrew said the experience felt "more like playing with friends back in Adelaide, than playing with a genuine superstar of the game. You couldn't play golf with a better bloke than Adam."
"I'd like to thank Titleist Australia for running this competition and selecting two very worthy winners in Katie and Andrew. We all had a truly memorable day on one of the best golf courses in the country," said Adam Scott.