Former Otago golfer Thomas Campbell with the 'trophy' he
got for winning a tournament on the Dakotas Tour. Photo
Former Otago representative Thomas Campbell hopes his
latest success will help launch him higher in the golfing
Campbell (27) recorded his first win as a professional at the
Westward Ho Country Club in South Dakota over the weekend.
After finishing on the NGA Tour, the third-tier American tour
after the Web.com and PGA tours, Campbell has completed three
events on the Dakotas Tour for a win, a second and a tie for
''It's about time. I've been pretty close in the last few
weeks,'' Campbell said of his win.
He carded 69 and 66 in the first two rounds and led by two
shots going into the final round.
Campbell held on to win by two strokes from Americans Jack
Newman and Jay Myers, coming home with six birdies and just
one bogey to card a 5-under-par 67, for a 14-under-par total
''I actually started off 4-over after five holes. It was
really windy and I made a double bogey on the second hole,
which is a par 5, and four-putted the fifth hole.
''It made me mad, but made me really focus back on track
pretty quick. Then I went eagle, birdie, birdie.''
The winner's cheque of US$17,500 ($NZ22,291) has propelled
Campbell to the top of the Dakotas Tour money list. After
three events, he has earned US$24,552.50, nearly $8000 ahead
of his nearest rival.
He heads back to his adopted home for this week's Minnesota
State Open in good form and optimistic.
''It's in Minneapolis so it's kind of nice to be back home
for a week. I'm pretty confident. The last three years I've
finished in the top five or six in that event and I haven't
played that great.''
Campbell will be hoping his putter behaves, as he feels it is
one area where there is room for improvement. He is normally
a solid putter but has been struggling with the pace of the
''It's actually been one of my weaknesses - just not getting
it to the hole, not giving myself enough chances.''
Campbell intends going to the Web.com qualifying school which
begins in October and runs until December, hoping to gain his
card for next year.
- Michael Minty.