Ben Campbell flies NZ flag at British amateur

Last updated 15:43 20/06/2012
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UPHILL BATTLE: Ben Campbell made a horror start to the second stage European Tour qualifying event in Spain.

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Masterton amateur Ben Campbell is the only Kiwi to progress to the final qualifying round for the 117th British Amateur Championship at Royal Troon.

The New Zealand No 2, who fired a one-over par 72 in the first qualifying round to be in a tie for 69th, carded the same score in the second round to finish on a two-over par total and in a share of 39th place.

The Kiwi was even par for the championship, and in a share of 15th place, with two holes remaining but made two late bogeys to slip 24 places.

The qualification mark after the strokeplay stages was a three-over par total of 145. Seventy-eight players from 25 countries progressed to the matchplay stages where Campbell is among 28 players required to play a final match to find the final 64 for the British Amateur.

The 20-year-old, who is World No 152, will square off against American Tyler Raber who is ranked 836 in the world, tonight (NZ time).

The winner of the British Amateur earns a spot in The Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes, a place in next year's US Open and traditionally a place in Masters.

New Zealand No 1 Vaughan McCall missed qualifying after finishing in a share of 92nd place when he carded a two-over par 73 in the second round.

McCall double bogeyed the 17th and bogeyed the 18th and that was difference in him making it and missing the cut.

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