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Campbell will be hoping for an Old Firm and Irish Amateur double this weekend

Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell got his bid for a third Flogas Irish Men’s Amateur Open Championship title off to a flying start with a 68 at County Sligo Golf Club.

On what was a perfect morning at Rosses Point, Campbell took full advantage and is the current joint leader in the clubhouse with local favorite TJ Ford at three under par.

“Great start, the ideal start to get into the second group was great and any day you can get around Rosses Point under par is always good no matter the conditions,” said Campbell.

The four-time Irish Major winner and reigning champion from Southern Ireland was level after nine holes, but with a clean nine with birdies at 10, 15 and 18 he completed a fine morning’s work.

Conditions will be favorable for the first three rounds and the Ireland international knows he will have to remain aggressive for as long as possible.

“When you come out West for a long time you’re used to getting into the wind and battling the conditions, but today was lovely from the start.

“It’s still a tough golf course, the layout was fantastic, so it’s hard to know what the winning score will be because from the age of 14 you can get a bad score very quickly. If it stays like this, around ten under could be the winning score.”

Campbell, a two-time Irish amateur champion, is not getting carried away with his start and knows things can go against him very quickly around Rosses Point.

“This tournament has been good for me. I’m lucky to have won it twice, but there’s still a long way to go. I’ve been around long enough to know there’s still a long way to go to make it happen.

“I was maybe out of position when I came in, which wasn’t terrible. I hit a great tee, shot down 12 par 5s and came in with one. 2-iron I didn’t benefit from it. I missed a big chance from 8 feet on 13, but I was very solid. Held from 35 feet on 15, which was a small bonus, but solid golf.

“When we started there was a club, club and a half breeze which was fine and now the flags are barely moving, the conditions were perfect and you couldn’t have had a better morning playing Rosses Point, it was in excellent condition. “

Campbell, a lifelong Celtic fan with a 54-hole score, will miss the final installment of the Old Firm derby on Saturday afternoon.

A title decider between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park starts at 12.30pm and he will be hoping that when he checks his phone after round three, the Hoops will have defeated their bitter rivals and he will still be in contention for a third Irish amateur crown. .

“As long as we win on Saturday that’s all that matters, but look, keep doing what I’m doing and we won’t be far on Sunday.”