Smith, currently ranked 40th in the world, has struggled for much of the last three months, unable to record a round inside the top 50 in his last nine starts but, today, needing a round of better than 70 just to make it to the weekend in this inaugural event he was able to do so.
Smith is in 44th place and eight shots from the lead but he has an opportunity over the weekend to rebuild further after a stretch of indifferent golf.
Rod Pampling, Curtis Luck, Matt Jones and Cameron Davis will all have the weekend off.
New Zealand's Danny Lee is 33rd at 7 under and seven shots from the lead.
The leader of the event is Nate Ashley who leads by one over one of the longest hitters in the game Cameron Champ.
Ashley performed well at the recent US Open but has yet to win on the PGA Tour while Champ won late last year in what is his rookie season as a PGA Tour cardholder before he too has suffered a recent slump.
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