Campbell, a 79-year-old Huntington, W.V., insurance broker, will become only the 20th member so honored by the century-old amateur golf organization. Past inductees include such amateur golf giants as Bobby Jones, Billy Joe Patton, Charles Yates and Vinny Giles.
'I was surprised and pleased,' said Campbell. 'I know this is not an honor they pass around freely. I have had great respect for the SGA and many of its heavy lifters over the years. I know it to be a very positive organization in amateur golf. For those reasons, it is especially nice to be brought into their tent.'
Said SGA President Joe Hackler: 'Mr. Campbell is, by my estimation, the ultimate and consummate amateur golfer of the last half century. It will be my great pleasure to see him inducted this summer.'
Campbell won dozens of titles, including the '64 U.S. Amateur. While at Princeton, he twice won the Eastern Intercollegiate and was a 15-time West Virginia Amateur champ. He was a member of the U.S. Walker Cup team eight times and never lost a singles match. In 1956, the USGA according him its highest honor, The Bob Jones Award.
Although still active in his Huntington insurance firm, Campbell and his wife, Joan, reside in White Sulphur Springs, W. V., just across the state line from where the Southern Amateur will be staged July 16-19 at The Homestead. Because of The Homestead's own rich traditions and the fact it is the site for the NCAA championships next year, the venerable Southern Amateur is enjoying record entry applications, including many of the nation's top-ranked amateurs.