LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Bill Campbell, the 1964 U.S. Amateur champion who became the only man to preside over the USGA and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, died at his home Friday. He was 90.
A Huntington, W.Va., native, Campbell played in 14 U.S. Opens—highlighted by a 23rd-place finish in 1954—and appeared in the Masters 17 times, including top-40 finishes in 1955 and 1966.
“Mr. Campbell was one the game’s great champions and finest gentlemen,” USGA Executive Director Mike Davis told the organization’s website. “His contributions to amateur golf and to the USGA have been many and profound.
“We owe a great debt of gratitude for his outstanding example and generosity of spirit. In so many respects, he represented all that was best about our game.”
A Princeton graduate who served a stint in the Army during World War II, he was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990.
Campbell holds the record with 15 West Virginia Amateur titles and became a member of the inaugural West Virginia Golf Hall of Fame class in 2009.