LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKTY) - Danville's Tom Campbell fired a 2-under 70 on Thursday to win the Kentucky Men's Amateur tournament at Cherry Blossom in Georgetown.
Campbell, who recently resigned his post as the golf coach at Centre College to become the women's basketball coach at Sewanee, held off Denver Haddix, who carded a final round 69. Campbell finished at 12-under to win by one shot.
"I'm speechless," Campbell said. "I've been chasing this for 19 years."
Campbell will be driving to Tennessee just hours after his win to look for a place to live. He said golf has been an escape for the past few days.
"The winning and the losing takes care of itself," Campbell said. I tell my players that all the time. The competing is what you have to do. If you do that, then everything will take care of itself."
"I just wanted to hit the next shot as good as I could," Campbell continued. "I didn't really think about winning. But I wanted to compete and I feel like I did that all week."
Campbell opened the three-day tournament with a 67, which tied him with Haddix for the low round of the week.
On Wednesday, Campbell carded another 67, giving him a two-shot cushion going into the final day.
"I played with a 15-year-old and a 19-year-old the first two days. You're out here with these guys who have no fear," Campbell said. "I have fear. They're swinging out of their shoes, ripping it. I'm out there just holding on for dear life. Both hands on the wheel."
"There's a lot of joy for a 44-year-old, a mid-senior as they call us now, to come out here and win this thing."