Former USGA President William Campbell Passes Away

September 2, 2013

William Campbell, a former US Golf Association President and captain of the Royal Ancient, has died, the USGA has revealed.

Campbell, 90, died from causes incident to age at his home in Lewisburg, West Virginia, on Friday.

Although he decided against a professional playing career, Campbell was an influential figure in the game.

He appeared in 37 US Amateur Championships, winning the title in 1964.

He had a record of 7-0-1 in singles play in eight Walker Cup appearances, captaining the winning US team in the amateur match-play contest against Britain and Ireland in 1955.

His 17 appearances in the Masters remain a record for starts by an amateur at Augusta National.

He also won four North and South Amateurs, two Tam O’Shanter World Amateurs and captured the West Virginia Amateur 15 times.

From 1982 to 1983, Campbell served as president of the USGA, and in 1987, the Royal Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews — golf’s global governing body — named him captain, a term he served for one year.

He was also a member of the West Virginia State Legislature from 1948 to 1951.