28 Nov 2010

Sir Bob and Cambo inaugural golf Hall of Famers

9:11 am on 28 November 2010

Sir Bob Charles and Michael Campbell are the foundation members of New Zealand Golf's Hall of Fame, launched at the centenary dinner at Te Papa in Wellington on Saturday.

Charles, who was voted on the world golf's Hall of Fame two years ago, first sprang into prominence in winning the New Zealand Open at Heretaunga as a fresh-faced 18 year old amateur in 1954.

His win would spark a remarkable career for golf's most famous left-hander, highlighted with victory at the British Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes in 1963. He won the New Zealand Open four times among his 68 professional victories in a stellar career spanning over six decades.

Campbell also made his mark on the world first as an amateur, when he was part of the New Zealand team that won the Eisenhower Trophy World Amateur Teams Championship in 1992.

He joined Sir Bob as the only New Zealander to win a major when he triumphed at the Us Open in 2005. He has 15 professional victories so far in his outstanding career including the HSBC World Match-Play also in 2005 and four wins to open the new millennium, including the New Zealand Open in Paraparaumu.