Sunday 15 September 2019

Campbell and Ross make history at Galgorm

Opportunity: Colm Campbell and Jessica Ross, winners of the inaugural Ulster Stroke Play Championship at Galgorm Castle. Photo: Golffile/Thos Caffrey
Opportunity: Colm Campbell and Jessica Ross, winners of the inaugural Ulster Stroke Play Championship at Galgorm Castle. Photo: Golffile/Thos Caffrey

Warrenpoint's Colm Campbell and Clandeboye's Jessica Ross will tee it up in the Challenge Tour's innovative ISPS Handa World Invitational in August following their wins in the inaugural Ulster Stroke Play Championship at Galgorm Castle.

Ross (24) blew the field away, winning by 12 strokes from Lurgan's Maeve Cummins on level par.

But it was also a memorable win for former East of Ireland and Flogas Irish Amateur Open champion Campbell, who has spent the last two years fighting his way back to fitness following a hand injury.

A decorated international, he triumphed by two strokes on four-under-par from Carton House's Marc Boucher and by five from Malone's Matt McClean, who also qualified for the Challenge Tour event.

"It's been tough," Campbell said. "I've had a really tough 2018, and I struggled with the injuries as most people know, and then I lost my grandad as well on top of that who was a big supporter of me.

"I always said if I was lucky enough to win another championship I would dedicate this to him and I know he would be very proud."

Men and women will play for equal prize money in the European Challenge Tour's newest event at Massereene and Galgorm Castle from August 15-18 and Ross will be joined there by Cummins and Ballinrobe's Shannon Burke.

"I'm delighted," Ross said. "I've never played a professional event before so it will be cool to see how your game matches up with the world's best."

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