First Time is the Charm for Craig Campbell


First Time is the Charm for Craig Campbell at the PGA of Ontario Candidate for Membership Championship


For Immediate Release


September 9, 2014


GEORGINA, ON - We have all done it.  We set goals when starting out on a new journey or a new phase in our life, often times those goals are unrealistic and often times the outcome is so "best case scenario" that we keep it to ourselves.  Well, Craig Campbell (Coppinwood GC) doesn't need to keep this one to himself.  The PGA of Ontario was at The Briars Golf & Country Club on Monday for the Candidate for Membership Championship, and Craig Campbell quietly set his sights on the title. "I had just turned Pro this summer and circled my calendar because this was the first chance I had to play in a Professional tournament," Campbell said after the round. 


34 CFM's (Candidate for Membership) tee'd it up on Monday, and many for the first time since turning pro.  "It was great to see so many first timers come out and get a taste of professional competition.  Our young Professionals are a bright spot for the association and seeing so many new faces that are hungry for competition show that we are trending in the right direction," said Devon Smith the Director of Tournament Operations for the PGA of Ontario.  Craig Campbell didn't let his first professional opportunity go to waste.  He compiled three birdies and just one bogey on his way to an impressive 2-under 69.  "I hit the ball great.  It all just kind of clicked.  I got up and down from everywhere.  A few miss hits but if you get up and down after a miss it allows you to stay on track." 


Campbell had his fellow PGA Professional, PGA of Ontario Past President and father, Dan Campbell, on his bag today as the pair navigated their way around the tricky Briars Club. "He was a good help on the bag today, he's been a lot of help through the years, a lot of coaching and long days with him.  Huge help today."  Not only did the father son duo put together a remarkably consistent round but Campbell birdied 18 on his way to a one shot victory.  Jim Melon (Glen Eagle Golf Club) and Mike Hurl (Angus Glen Golf Club) finished T2 at 1-under par 70 rounding out the top three.


Campbell is looking to ride his hot start as a Professional into the 2-day Golf Supply House PGA of Ontario Fall Championship later this month (September 23-24) at the Club at Lora Bay and the Georgian Bay Club respectively. 


For full results from the Candidate for Membership Championship click HERE


Kevin Purcell

Executive Director

PGA of Ontario


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