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Campbell can make his top billing pay

Walker Campbell justified his billing as top seed with a 3 and 2 win over Mark Phillips in the semi-finals of the Bermuda Amateur Match Play Championships.

Campbell will face Jevon Roberts in today's 36-hole final at Mid Ocean Club, after Roberts beat Joshua Cabrera 3 and 2 yesterday afternoon.

Phillips went into the match with Campbell in good form, having seen off Jarryd Dillas in the morning in a quarter-final that was not decided until the 18th hole.

Dillas fought back from three holes down through 12 to be just one behind going the 18th, but ultimately the gap proved too much for him to overhaul and Phillips won by one hole.

Campbell had a battle of his own in his morning match against Shawn Knight, falling three behind at one stage, before recovering to win 4 and 3. Campbell, whose 74 on Thursday made him top seed, appeared totally unfazed in facing Phillips and will probably be a slight favourite in the final.

Roberts, though, has been in good form this week, and his 2 and 1 win over Greg Reilly Jr set the pattern for his day. Cabrera beat former cricketer Gary Brangman by one hole in the other quarter-final.

There were few surprises in the women's championship, with Ebonie Burgess and Elizabeth Parsons easing into today's final. Burgess beat Tina Bellanca 7 and 6 in the morning, and Tracy Burgess 5 and 4 in the afternoon on her way to the final, while Parsons beat Gina Zangrillo 4 and 2, and Linda Down 4 and 3 in the semi-final.

If yesterday is anything to go by the men's senior championship today will go to extra holes, with both semi-finals doing so. Defending champion Max Atherden was knocked out at the 19th hole by Craig Christensen, who will face Hav Trott in the final. Trott finally overcame Steven Duxbury at the 22nd hole.

The women's senior championship final should be an entertaining affair, with Carol Jones and Valerie Nearon dominating their respective sides of the draw. Jones thumped Cindy Kinjo-Hardart 6 and 5 in the quarter-finals before an equally emphatic 5 and 4 win over Susan Vallis put her in the final.

Nearon, meanwhile, dismantled Shirley Higgins 8 and 7 in the morning, had a break and then was equally ruthless in a 7 and 6 victory over Susan Frith.

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Published March 07, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated March 07, 2015 at 1:41 am)

Campbell can make his top billing pay

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