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Before joining the PGA Tour in 1959, Joe Campbell established one of the nation’s most outstanding amateur golf records. Campbell was a standout golfer and basketball player at Purdue University. He won the 1955 NCAA Championship, along with the 1956, and 1957 Big Ten Conference Championships. A win at the prestigious Sunnehanna Amateur in 1955 added to his impressive golf resume. Campbell competed in the Masters in 1956, 1957, and 1958 as an amateur. After college, Campbell made his home in Knoxville, Tennessee. During his eight-year career on the PGA Tour Joe made 103 Top 25s, forty-three Top 10s, and won three tournaments. He received Golf Digest’s Rookie of the Year Award in 1959. From 1965 to 1972 Campbell won five State PGA titles. In the 1965 State Open Joe set a record shooting 204, twelve under par, breaking the previous low of 207. Campbell became the golf professional at Knoxville’s Whittle Springs in 1967 and remained there in 1974 before moving back to Indiana.