Friday, April 10, 2009

West Texas Links ...

... links, as in golfing. West Texas native Chad Campbell continues to earn headlines for his play in one of the country's premier showcases for that sport.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - Chad Campbell got off to another strong start Friday in the second round of the Masters. The opening-round leader birdied two of the first four holes — not quite as good as Thursday, when he birdied the first five holes for the best start in Masters history — but enough to stretch out his lead at Augusta National.
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A native of Andrews, Texas, Campbell was a part of a strong junior college men's golf squad at Midland College from 1992-1994. Campbell was a WJCAC medalist, NJCAA medalist and an NJCAA All-American while helping the Chaparrals win WJCAC conference and NJCAA regional titles. After two years at MC, he won a scholarship and transferred to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV).

And he's not the only Campbell to make his name in the game ... his older brother, Mike, is head golf coach at Abilene Christian. To date, Campbell's led the Wildcats to four NCAA regional tournament appearances in his first five seasons and guided ACU back to the national tournament for the first time in a decade in 2007. According to
this bio, after graduating from Andrews High School in 1985, Campbell played golf at South Plains College for two years before entering ACU in 1989. He graduated cum laude in 1991 with a B.S.Ed. in mathematics education and that fall joined the staff - as a teacher and a golf coach - at Andrews High School. He is now in his sixth season as ACU's coach.

While we're on the topic of ACU and golf, let's cite one more 'link' ... According to
this report from the school's press office, "former ACU All-America and national champion Jeev Singh is paired with the world's No. 1 player, Tiger Woods, Thursday and Friday during the first two rounds of The Masters ... the All-America golfer led ACU to the 1993 NCAA Division II national championship. He played two seasons for the Wildcats (1992-93), but is arguably the school's greatest golfer. He led ACU to its only national championship in golf by winning the individual championships at the Lone Star Conference, regional and national tournaments."

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