23 Mar 2011

Campbell into Australian final

6:29 am on 23 March 2011

The Masterton golfer Ben Campbell has won through to the final of the Australian Amateur Championships after a monumental battle with compatriot Ryan Fox in Melbourne.

Last year's runner up had to endure three extra holes before claiming his place in the 36-hole final where he will meet Australian Matthew Stieger at the Victoria Golf Club.

However the glamour pair of world number two ranked amateur Cecilia Cho and number three, Lydia Ko were both beaten.

Ko was beaten in the quarterfinals by Australian representative and the 2009 Riversdale Cup champion Ashlee Dewhurst 2 and 1.

Cho was beaten 5 and 4 by West Australian Minjee Lee in the semi-finals.

Campbell has the chance to emulate the feat of his namesake Michael Campbell who is the only New Zealander to have won the Australian Amateur title in more than 100 years, with the only other kiwi to claim success was Auckland's C E S Gillies in 1899.