16 - 19 August 2018

'Young guns' Smyth and Droop continue to show the pack how it's done.

Many Darwin locals would have been wondering a little about this Travis Smyth, the amateur with the spiraling pedigree who was a whisker away from advancing to the semi-finals of the U.S. Amateur Championship in Los Angeles a fortnight ago.

A little luck on the final hole at Riviera and Smyth might have stayed alive to fight another day, he might even have made the final and been following in the footsteps of Curtis Luck, teeing it up at The Masters next April as the Amateur champion. 

They'd have been saying the same about Frazer Droop, a PGA Trainee from Victoria, who shot to the top of the leaderboard alongside Smyth on the back of a course record 8-under 63 on Friday, which included the Championship's first hole-in-one.

Watching these two (both pictured during 3rd round action) play the opening nine holes of the third round of the Northern Territory PGA Championship - presented by Cazalys Palmerston; it's clear neither will be satisfied with their achievements at Palmerston thus far. They may be mates but both have their eyes fixed firmly on sticking it to each other in their quest for the title on Sunday. 

Travis SmythFrazer Droop

Smyth opened the day with two impressive birdies, the second after an exquisite pitch off hard pan for a tap-in birdie. Not to be outdone, the nuggety Droop - who wags were nicknaming 'F Troop' in the Palmerston clubhouse last night, drove the green at the par-four fifth to keep pace with his ponytailed playing partner. 

Two new young guns of Australian golf with different body shapes and therefore, swings, but both highly impressive with their ball striking and course management skills. 

Despite being an amateur, Smyth has the edge in experience but Droop so far looks to be unfazed by his position, with a chasing pack also putting up a lot of red numbers behind them in the warm but perfect conditions at Palmerston. 

Certainly a wonderful opportunity ahead this afternoon and again in tomorrow's final round for local fans to watch up close and appreciate the quality we have in Australian golf at the present time. 

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