A remarkable comeback in the last five holes of the 2020 Saskatchewan Men’s Amateur Championship leaves Ty Campbell at the top of the heap.
Campbell, 23, either led or shared the lead of the four-round event after 54 holes, gave the cushion up early in the final round but got the margin back just in time to claim the win Friday at The Legends Golf Course in Warman.
Mid-Amateur champion Danny Klughart pulled even with Campbell after a blistering 62 on Thursday to head into the last 18 holes at 11-under par. By hole 13 Klughart had stretched his lead to four strokes. Campbell was able to take advantage of a few back nine birdies and some bad bounces Klughart’s way let the lead dwindle to a shot on the 72nd hole. Campbell putted in for eagle forcing Klughart to make a birdie putt just o force a playoff. Klughart missed giving Campbell the win.
“I tried to stay patient out there, I was nervous at the start and made some mistakes early,” Campbell said after the round. “I kept my head down, push forward. I came through nine, wiped the slate clean and started over. I played really good on the back nine. Coming down 18 I knew what I had to do, and I was due.”
The victory is Campbell’s first stroke play event win. He has won the Lobstick matchplay tournament in Waskesiu in the past. He said becoming a provincial champion was on his wish list.
“It feels pretty good, it’s definitely something I have been striving for for a long time. It’s nice to knock off the bucket list and hopefully there is a few more,” he said.
Klughart missed winning his second straight amateur title finishing at 10-under, 278. Two-time amateur winner Scott Thompson placed third at 5-under. Campbell’s win earns him a spot in next year’s Canadian Amateur Championship. Nationals were cancelled this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The complete results can be found here.