Masterton amateur Ben Campbell is the best of the Kiwis at the 117thBritish Amateur Championship after a disappointing start from the New Zealand contingent at Royal Troon and Glasgow – Gailes Links.
The New Zealand No.2 Campbell fired a one over par 72 at Royal Troon to be tied 69th and five shots back from the overnight leaders Geoff Drakeford (Australia) and Ashley Chesters (England) who both shot rounds of four under 67 at the respective courses.
Campbell made a fast start with birdies on the third and fourth to get to two under. He dropped three shots with three bogeys either side of the turn to sign for a 72.
New Zealand No.1 Vaughan McCall and Takaka golfer Blair Riordan are two shots back after carding rounds of three over par 74 at Royal Troon andGlasgow – Gailes Linksrespectively to be tied 145th.
Bay of Plenty rep Craig Hamilton carded a four over par 75 at Glasgow to be in a share of 185thplace while former New Zealand rep Daniel Pearce had a round of five over par 76, also at Glasgow, to be tied 206thplace.
Campbell, who will play the Glasgow – Gailes Links tonight (NZ time) in round two, has the best chance of making the weekend to contest the British Amateur.
The stroke play stage of the Amateur Championship is played over the first two days of competition at both courses before the field is cut to 64 and ties and the match play format finds the Champion over the final four days at Royal Troon.
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