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Campbell captures Tri-Cities Amateur crown

Pat Kenney • Jul 14, 2013 at 10:01 PM

BRISTOL— It came down to a shootout in Sunday’s final round of the 4th annual Tri-Cities Amateur championship held at the Country Club of Bristol.Ben Campbell sank a birdie putt on the 18th hole to capture the title by one shot over hard-charging Nick Cohen.Campbell finished with a two-day total of 68-67 — 135 with Cohen in hot pursuit at 70-66 — 136. Jace Devault finished third (70-69 — 139) with Nick York fourth (71-72 — 143).In the Seniors, Kingsport’s Tony Green won his third-straight Tri-Cities Senior Am crown with a tournament total of 69-72 — 141.Bill Lewis finished second at 74-75 — 149 with Pat Kenney third at 77-73 — 150.Campbell had his hands full all day.“I knew what Nick was capable of doing,” said Campbell. “He can get on hot streaks and make a bunch of birdies.”That’s just what Cohen did.But a birdie putt that did a 360 around the cup on the 17th hole ultimately did him in.Cohen’s birdie on the par-5, 18th hole forced Campbell to answer with a birdie of his own.And he did.“I bogeyed at the par-3, 17th and that forced the issue,” said Campbell, who will play in the Virginia State Open in Richmond this coming week. “When I made that birdie putt on the last hole that sealed it.”Cohen picked up his second runner-up finish in recent weeks. He lost in a playoff to Carlson Cox in the Graysburg Hills Invitational in June.“Ben wasn’t letting up today,” said Cohen. “It just made me more focused. I’m getting closer to a win. The difference right now is just making more putts.”Green had a hiccup early in his round. After a birdie on the par-4 first hole, he dumped his approach shot on the par-4 second into a pond.“I had a hanging lie and just hit a goofy hook into the water,” said Green. “From that point on I just settled down and tried to steady the boat.“I hit a bunch of good shots, but just couldn’t make any putts,” added Green.His victory also gave him a personal milestone.“I’ve had four chances in my career to win a tournament three times in a row,” said Green. “This is the first time I’ve finally done it.”Green will leave for the Senior British Open at the end of the month. The tournament will be played at Royal Aberdeen, Aug. 7-9.“I’m trying to get ready for it,” added Green. “My game’s not quite there yet, but it’s getting close.”Next weekend, Ridgefields and Lonesome Pine Country will both host Tri-Cities Amateur Tour points events.

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