Louis learns from the best in Smith
CAMERON Smith scholarship holder Louis Dobbelaar put the prestigious award to good use late last year, by accepting an offer to travel to the US and learn under the man himself.
The 17-year-old Brookwater golfer was joined by good mate and fellow scholarship awardee Jed Morgan for the week-long trip, to catch up with and learn from Australian PGA star Smith.
As a fellow Queenslander, Dobbelaar was awestruck by just how "down to earth” and humble the two-time Australian PGA Championship winner is.
"He's no different to any Queenslander you'll come across,” Dobbelaar said.
"He's a typical Queensland boy who just happens to be really good at golf.
"He knows a lot about his own game and the things he needs to work on. And he's really, really competitive. That's probably the biggest thing I took out of it.”
Smith paid the way for the two up and coming amateur golfers to stay with him at his Florida home.
Dobbelaar said there were "too many” valuable lessons and experiences to mention off the top of his head, but did add it was a lot of fun to "get to annoy him a bit”.
"There's so many things I'll remember as the time comes, but also a lot that stuck with me,” he said.
At 25, Smith is still a relative newcomer to the PGA scene himself having turned professional in 2013.
Dobbellar said it was encouraging to meet with and speak to someone who had travelled the same path he is on at the moment, and the experience only furthered his desire to one day reach the same heady heights.
"It was cool hanging out with him because all the stuff Jed and I are going through now is what he's been through,” Dobbelaar said.
"It's reassuring that if we keep doing the right things, we have every chance to make it to where he is.”