Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell embraces Irish Open chance

Winner Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint) bunkered at the 12th green in the final round of the 2016 Flogas Irish Amateur Open Championship at The Royal Dublin Golf Club today (08/05/2016). Picture by Pat Cashman

Winner Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint) bunkered at the 12th green in the final round of the 2016 Flogas Irish Amateur Open Championship at The Royal Dublin Golf Club today (08/05/2016). Picture by Pat Cashman

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Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell threw himself into the Irish Open experience carding a three over par 75 that gives him an outside chance of making the cut.

“It was different to a normal event. I was okay, surprisingly,” said the recently crowned Irish Amateur Open champion.

“I think it was because there wasn’t that many people about, which wasn’t a bad thing. I hit a nice one down the first. Hit a nice seven-iron into the green and that settled me and I got into a good rhythm then.

“It was miserable, it was wet and cold. It was just like playing Royal Dublin on a normal day. It was good, I really enjoyed it. The two guys (Ollie Fisher and Sebastian Gros) I played with helped as well. They were chatting away and made things a bit easier.”

The 28-year-old grabbed three birdies in total, mixed in with two double-bogeys and a bogey to finish the day in a share of 93rd position.

He added: “Overall, I’m happy with how I played bar two swings. For my first Irish Open, I’m happy with how I handled the situation. Driving the ball is key. If you hit it in the rough, it’s going to make life hell. Out of the 18 holes, I missed one or two fairways. It could have been a lot better.”

Ireland's two other amateur competitors in the field, Jack Hume (+5) and John-Ross Galbraith (+6) face uphill tasks to make the cut today.