Bill Campbell, former USGA president, dies at 90

By John Holmes

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Saturday, August 31, 2013 | 8:26 p.m.

William Campbell, a former U.S. Amateur champion who played on eight Walker Cup teams and later served two years as president of the U.S. Golf Association, died Friday, the USGA has announced. He was 90 years old.

Campbell was USGA president from 1982-83 and served on its executive committee for 10 years. In 1987 he became only the third American to be elected captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews, and the only man to have led both of golf's governing bodies. 

Campbell served in the Army during World War II, graduated Princeton in 1947 and remained an amateur golfer his entire career. He competed in the U.S. Amateur for 33 straight years, winning in 1964. He also won the U.S. Senior Amateur twice and the North & South Amateur four times. 

He played on eight Walker Cup teams from 1951 to 1975, never losing a singles match and never playing on a losing team. He was the playing captain in 1955. As an amateur, Campbell played in the U.S. Open 14 different times and played in the Masters an amazing 17 different times.

"Mr. Campbell was one of the game's great champions and finest gentlemen," said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. "His contributions to amateur golf and to the USGA have been many and profound." 

Campbell was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990, and you can read much more about his career in his official Hall of Fame biography. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.