Arlington Heights golfer uses home-course advantage at Fort Worth Junior Championships

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Zachary Campbell was right at home Tuesday morning, literally.

Campbell shot 75 in the second round of the Fort Worth Junior Boys Championships at Ridglea Country Club and climbed to third place, just two shots back of Flower Mound’s Matt Adler.

Campbell, who will be a junior at Arlington Heights in the fall, has Ridglea listed as his home course.

“This is the kind of course that really gets at you on the closing holes,” he said. “I definitely knew that and I needed to limit mistakes, and I still struggled.”

Campbell’s 147 total is still good enough to remain in contention as the tournament’s caravan moves to Shady Oaks on Wednesday.

Thursday’s final round is at Colonial Country Club.

Not surprisingly, Campbell played the first 12 holes at 1-over with a lone bogey at the second hole.

His birdie at No. 12 got him back to even for the day before he carded four bogeys on the final six holes.

“I struggled a little with the speed of the greens because they got better as the morning went on and I missed a 3-foot birdie putt on the 8th hole,” Campbell said. “That was disappointing because I knew what was ahead of me and the birdies would be harder to come by.”

Campbell said the work he put into his putting has improved his game from last year.

“I feel like I’m playing great and it’s great that we’ll be at Shady Oaks [Wednesday],” he said. “You have to have patience on greens like that and I think it will be what really decides the tournament.”

Adler, a junior at Flower Mound Marcus, also shot 74 as he dropped in three birdies against six bogeys. Coupled with a first-round 71, he leads with a 145 at the midway point.

Like Campbell, it will be Adler’s first chance to play the final 36 holes of the event. Both players played in lower flights the previous years.

“I started out good, was 1-under through five and then had a string of bogeys,” Adler said. “I was frustrated because I was a bit aggressive with the putts and left myself like 6 feet coming back and lipped them out.”

Trent Hill had the low round of the day with a 73.

First-round leader Andrew Hudson couldn’t shake off a quick warm-up and shot a 77.

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