Joe Campbell (golfer)
|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Joe E. Campbell|
November 5, 1935 |
|Height||5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||T29: 1958|
|U.S. Open||T22: 1957|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|PGA Championship||T27: 1962|
Campbell was born in Anderson, Indiana. He attended Purdue University where he was a member of the golf team as well as a co-captain of the basketball team. He won the 1955 NCAA Championship as Purdue finished 2nd in the team standings, he was also the 1956 and 1957 Big Ten Conference Championships and led Purdue to the 1955 and 1956 Big Ten Team Championships. During his amateur career, he also won the Indiana Amateur Championship three times, the Indiana Open twice, and the Sunnehanna Amateur in 1957. His best finish in a major championship, which came during his amateur career, was T-22 at the 1957 U.S. Open. He was also a member of the United States' 1956 Americas Cup and 1957 Walker Cup team, leading the Americans to a 8½–3½ victory over Great Britain.
Campbell turned professional in 1958 and joined the PGA Tour in 1959 and competed for fourteen years. He received Golf Digest's Rookie-of-the-Year award in 1959. His 43 top-10 finishes included three wins; he also finished in Top 25 103 times. He played on the Senior PGA Tour from 1986–1989, 1995–1996.
Campbell made his home in Knoxville, Tennessee after graduating from college in 1957 until 1974. After his days as a tour professional were over, he was the golf professional at Knoxville's Whittle Springs from 1967–1974. In 1974, he became the men's golf team coach at Purdue, leading them to the 1981 Big Ten Championship and 24 Invitational titles, he retired following the 1993 season. Campbell is a member of the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame, inducted in 1969; the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame, inducted in 2007.
He now lives with his wife, in Lake Wales, Florida.
Amateur wins (9)
- 1954 Indiana Amateur
- 1955 Indiana Amateur, Indiana Boys Junior, NCAA Championship (individual)
- 1956 Indiana Amateur, Indiana Boys Junior, Big Ten Conference Championship (individual)
- 1957 Sunnehanna Amateur, Big Ten Conference Championship (individual)
Professional wins (15)
PGA Tour wins (3)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner-up|
|1||Nov 12, 1961||Beaumont Open Invitational||–7 (72-71-68-66=277)||1 stroke||Bert Weaver|
|2||Mar 4, 1962||Baton Rouge Open Invitational||–14 (68-70-67-69=274)||2 strokes||Bob Rosburg|
|3||Feb 20, 1966||Tucson Open Invitational||–10 (69-70-69-70=278)||Playoff||Gene Littler|
Other wins (12)
- 1955 Indiana Open (as amateur)
- 1956 Indiana Open (as amateur)
- 1958 Tennessee Open
- 1965 Tennessee Open
- 1973 Tennessee Open
- 1977 Indiana Open
- 1981 Indiana Open
- Five Tennessee State PGA Championships from 1965–1972
U.S. national team appearances
- Walker Cup: 1957 (winners)
- "Joe Campbell biographical information". Golf House Tennessee. Retrieved 2007-12-06.
- "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved 2008-01-24.
- Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame - Charter Members