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Former USGA president Campbell dies at 90

William C. Campbell
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Among the greatest figures in the history of amateur golf in the United States, former USGA president William C. Campbell died in his home Friday at the age of 90.

A lifelong amateur, Campbell participated in eight Walker Cups from 1951-1975, compiling a 7-0-1 individual record in singles play. The West Virginia native also played in 33 consecutive U.S. Amateurs from 1941-1977, including his win in 1964 at Canterbury Golf Club at the age of 41. Campbell also added U.S. Senior Amateur titles in both 1979 and 1980.

Campbell's distinguished playing career was complemented by his service to the game with the USGA. After twice serving on the governing body's executive commmittee, Campbell worked as USGA vice president from 1980-81 before assuming the position of president from 1982-83. An inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990, Campbell was also elected captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in 1987.

'Mr. Campbell was one of the game's great champions and finest gentlemen,' said USGA executive director Mike Davis as part of a released statement. 'His contributions to amateur golf and to the USGA have been many and profound.'

Campbell's efforts in the game of golf also resulted in a series of high honors, including the Bob Jones Award, which he received from the USGA in 1956, as well as the Old Tom Morris Award, granted in 1991 from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.