The Cameron Smith Junior Classic was the idea of Ken McKay long time member and junior coordinator at the Wantima Country Club. Ken had always wanted Wantima to hold a premier event for juniors to showcase not only the talent coming through the Wantima Junior Development Programs but talent from around the region and the State.
When Cameron Smith is back in Australia he always makes himself available to the club junior program and is an inspiration to all our juniors. Cameron inspired Ken to begin planning the event and when Ken approached Cameron about the Wantima junior tournament carrying his name he fully supported the idea. The planning process was the next step.
After winning the 2017 Zurich Classic, Cameron was home in Brisbane for a break, which included some promotional commitments. One of these commitments included presenting prizes at a Junior Event held at Keperra Golf Club. Cameron caught up with Adrian Hewat from Golf Queensland at this event and he talked to Adrian about Wantima’s plans for a junior event in his name. This discussion between Cameron and Adrian resulted in the reality that the Cameron Smith Junior Classic would be included in the Greg Norman Junior Masters (GNJM) Qualifiers (due to the timing of the event, the event will be the first qualifier for the 2018 GNJM).
The first Cameron Smith Junior Classic will be conducted on the 8th December 2017 at the Wantima Country Club. It will be a 12 midday shot gun start for a maximum field of 144 players. This date was picked to ensure that Cameron would be available to attend the event. The event will be planned to be held each year around the Australian PGA championships to ensure Cameron can attend.
In time there is hopes to expand the event to a full day and possibly then to be held over 2 days. The initial event has attracted interest of support from local businesses as well as one of Cameron’s Sponsors who have committed to support the event.
We look forward to having a full field of Juniors both boys and girls competing for the honour of being the inaugural winners of the Cameron Smith Junior Classic.