William C Campbell

Bill Campbell, a former Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, died at his home on Friday 30th August 2013, following a recent period of illness. He was 90 years of age.

As a 15-year-old in 1938, Bill played in the first of his 37 United States Amateur Championships, and was the US Amateur Champion in 1964. He also won two US Senior Amateur Championships.

Bill was a regular competitor in The Amateur Championship, reaching the Final in 1954. In 1988, at the age of 65, he became the first serving R&A Captain, since Cyril Tolley in 1948, to play in The Amateur Championship during his year in office. He played in eight Walker Cup Matches and was the playing Captain for the United States Team in 1956.

Though he remained a lifelong amateur, Bill also competed against the best professionals of his era. He played in 14 US Opens, with his best finish tied for 23rd in 1954, and 17 Masters Tournaments, finishing tied 36th in 1955 and 1966.

In 1956, Bill was awarded the United States Golf Association’s highest honour, the Bob Jones Award for Distinguished Sportsmanship. From 1982-1983 he served as President of the USGA.

Bill was Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club in 1987/88 and, in 2011, became a Life Member of the Club in his 60th year of Membership.

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