William C. “Bill” Campbell

William C. “Bill” Campbell

Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia, USA
Death 30 Aug 2013 (aged 90)
Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes scattered at The Greenbriar, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Memorial ID 116432298 · View Source
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Hall of Fame Golfer. A distinguished competitor for many years, he shall probably be best remembered for winning the 1964 US Amateur Championship and for being the only man to head both of golf's major governing bodies. Raised in Huntington, he took to golf early, graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy where he won his first tournaments, served in the US Army in Europe during world War II, earned a degree from Princeton University, where he was a star in both golf and swimming, in 1947, and in 1949 captured the first of his 15 West Virginia Amateur titles. Over the next decades, Mr. Campbell was to compete in 18 Masters Championships and 15 US Opens, be runner-up at the 1954 British Amateur, capture three West Virginia Open crowns, win the North and South Amateur four times between 1950 and 1967, and play on eight Walker Cup teams, serving as captain in 1955. In 1964 at Cleveland's Canterbury Golf Club he reached the finals of the US Amateur; the title match had an interesting background as his opponent was his fellow West Virginian Ed Tutwiler (deceased 1988) whom he had met in the finals of the West Virginia Amateur seven times, with Ed winning on six of the occasions. On the big stage, however, Mr. Campbell prevailed and went on competing; he took his final West Virginia Amateur in 1975, won the US Senior Amateur in 1979 and 1980, and came in second at the 1980 US Senior Open. After serving as President of the United States Golf Association (USGA) in 1982 and 1983, he became the third American to be named Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (R&A) in 1987. Away from the links, he was busy, serving in the West Virginia State Legislature from 1948 thru 1951, running his family's Huntington insurance firm for close to 60 years, and sitting on numerous corporate boards. His honors were many including the 1956 Bobby Jones Award, the USGA's highest accolade, 1990 election to the World Golf Hall of Fame, the 1991 Old Tom Morris Award, and in 2009 election, along with the legendary Sam Snead, to the inaugural class of the West Virginia Golf Hall of Fame. Mr. Campbell lived out his days near the fabled Greenbriar Golf Club and died of the effects of advanced age.

Bio by: Bob Hufford

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  • Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
  • Added: 2 Sep 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 116432298
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William C. “Bill” Campbell (5 May 1923–30 Aug 2013), Find a Grave Memorial no. 116432298, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Ashes scattered at The Greenbriar, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.