Golfer runs hot in Fiji


Arrowtown golf pro Ben Campbell believes his next win’s around the corner after blowing a four-shot lead in Fiji last week.

The 26-year-old had a disastrous third round but rallied on Sunday to tie for third and pocket $77,250 at the Fiji Invitational at Natadola Bay.

“I feel like I’ve been playing well enough lately to get across the line so to not do it was a bit disappointing, but it’s always nice to come back on the last day.”

A bonus was securing his Asian Tour card next year.

In his rookie year on the tour, he’s only missed one cut and tied for second in Bangladesh three months ago.

“I was in contention there, as well, so hopefully I’ll be able to finish one off, soon.”

Campbell, who shot to prominence after tying for second at last year’s local-based New Zealand Open, and won the NZ PGA Championship in February, is hoping to go to qualifying schools for the Japan Tour and United States’ Tour later this year.

Meanwhile another Arrowtowner, ex-pro Greg Turner, was joint leader for two rounds at the PGA Seniors Championship at the London Golf Club last week.

The 55-year-old, who had his son Jack, 18, on the bag, faded in the last round, however, and finished tied for ninth.