U.S. Open longevity
Friday, June 19, 2009
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – One of the highlights of the day for me was bumping into legendary amateur Bill Campbell, who is attending his first U.S. Open this week since Oakmont in 1983 when he was the USGA’s president.
The 86-year-old Campbell said he attended his first U.S. Open in 1937 at Oakland Hills CC. I’ll do the math for you: that’s 72 years between first and latest, which in my book is better than par for the course.
Campbell played his first U.S. Amateur in 1938, and in 15 U.S. Opens between 1949 and 1975. And here’s one more cool nugget that may only interest me: Campbell and Snead, “the two hillbillies,” were the only two players to play in both the 1949 and 1975 Opens both held at Medinah CC. How’s that for longevity?