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Campbell cruises to title in junior Classic

Mitchell Campbell clinched a maiden HSBC BJGA Junior International Classic title at Port Royal today to help himself to an early birthday gift, carding a three-round total of 227.

The Skidmoore College student fired an impressive two-over-par 73 — his lowest round of the tournament and the lowest during the final round — to finish 10 shots clear of nearest rival and brother Walker Campbell (237).

Mitchell, who turns 18 on Sunday, started the final round with a four-shot lead and managed to put more distance between himself and the chasing pack playing in perfect conditions.

He carded two birdies and four bogeys, three of which arrived on the front nine.

Mitchell left a few birdies on the course, including a birdie attempt from 10 feet on the 18th green that held its line before breaking to the left of the cup at the last moment.

His win completed a fightback after trailing his younger brother by four shots after the first round played at Tucker's Point earlier in the week.

“The first round my little brother shot a 74 and had the whole field chasing him,” said Mitchell, who represented Bermuda at last month's NatWest Island Games. “I just kept level headed and knew what I could do later in the week and stuck to my game plan.”

Mitchell has now won every title in junior golf apart from the HSBC BJGA Junior National Par 3 Championships which he'll be gunning for when the two-day event commences tomorrow at Turtle Hills Golf Club.

“Hopefully I can take the momentum from here and do something tomorrow and Saturday,” he said.

Day one leader Walker finished with an eight-over-par 79 that left him five shots clear of third-placed Justin Dixon-Watts (242).

The Saltus student was satisfied with his best finish to date at this event and delighted to play alongside his brother in the final round.

“It was very fun playing with him (Mitchell),” Walker said. “I started out okay and then things got a bit rough, but it was still a good round.”

Mitchell gave his younger brother a well deserved pat on the back.

“He's come a long way and is starting to bust my bubble a little bit, which is good to see,” he smiled.

Third-placed Watts closed out with an 11-over-par 82 to end the day exactly where he started on the leaderboard.

Overnight leader Dakota Lamb (243) won the 13-15 boys title by 12 shots over nearest rival Brady Cordeiro (255).

The son of former Bermuda Regiment Colonel Edward Lamb started the round with a seven-shot lead and extended it on his way to capturing glory at this event for the first time.

“I didn't feel any pressure at all and coasted on the last day,” said Lamb. “I just tried to go out there and have some fun because I don't get to play these courses that much.”

First-round leader James Robertson (257) rounded off the top three in the 13-15 boys division.

Kenny Leseur (285) won the 12 and under division while the novice title went to Tyler Emery (107).

Elizabeth Parsons (253) was the sole competitor in the girls division.

Dakota Lamb won the 13-15 boys title at the 2013 HSBC BJGA International Classic played at Tucker's Point, Mid Ocean Club and Port Royal Golf Course this week. (photo by Glenn Tucker)

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Published August 08, 2013 at 7:41 pm (Updated August 08, 2013 at 8:13 pm)

Campbell cruises to title in junior Classic

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