Big Break Ireland Competitor
Hometown: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Current Residence: Charlotte, N.C.
Home Course: Carolina Golf Club
College: Belmont Abbey College
Current Profession: Golf Professional
At first glance, Joe Campbell has the physique of a swimmer. However, as Joe says, don’t let the looks fool you.
Campbell proved that he was a force to be reckoned with on the driving range before the Big Break Ireland competition started. When his competition saw his length off the tee, he turned a lot of heads.
“My length off the tee definitely will come in handy in these conditions,” said Campbell. “And having grown up in England and competing on links courses all of my life, I feel I should have an advantage on the competition.”
Golf was not Campbell’s first sport of choice. He was a competitive swimmer until the age of 15, and was a late convert to golf after friends introduced him to the game. Even though his first round of golf took him nearly six hours, he was hooked.
“Even though that first round was so hard, I realized golf was the game for me,” recalled Campbell. “Golf didn’t require the brute force and pure power like swimming. It is more of a game of finesse and skill, which is what attracted me to it.”
Golf soon became Campbell’s escape from the pressures of daily life. He was a rough kid and dropped out of high school at age 16. He finished his high school courses at a technical school where, as he puts it, “you have a lot more independence and you basically have to teach yourself, which suited me just fine.”
Those two years were the turning point in Campbell’s life. It taught him that he can succeed if he puts his mind to it, and he transferred that passion to the golf course.
In 2006, Campbell was offered a golf scholarship to Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. He moved to the U.S., played on the golf team for four years and earned a degree in business management.
“Golf is my driving force in life,” said Campbell. “I love everything about it.”
Campbell turned pro right after college in 2010, but has yet to get his professional career off the ground due to finances. Currently, he is working at Carolina Golf Club, saving money to play on the mini-tour circuits.
With Campbell’s experience on the links, his discipline and his passion to make it on the PGA TOUR, big things could be in store on Big Break Ireland.
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