Grow­ing the game at home

The Cut - - KIWI PRIDE -

Such hands-on as­sis­tance and elite level ad­vice evaded a young Camp­bell, who in ris­ing through the Kiwi golf­ing ranks found him­self re­stricted by the lim­ited fa­cil­i­ties avail­able at the time from New Zealand Golf.

But in keep­ing with Camp­bell’s deep sense of grat­i­tude to his home­land and his on­go­ing af­fec­tion to­wards for­mer coach and men­tor Mal Tongue, this is by no means a crit­i­cism; rather a duty to help nur­ture new tal­ent at home and over­seas.

“I never spoke to a ma­jor cham­pion grow­ing up,” re­calls Camp­bell, who was coached by Tongue for eight years dur­ing his for­ma­tive years in New Zealand.

“Mal was a won­der­ful as­set to have but he didn’t have the ex­pe­ri­ence I have now.

“He’s a coach in New Zealand and an ex­cel­lent one at that, but I’ve al­ways won­dered whether I would have ben­e­fited from a ma­jor win­ner’s knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence. Which is why I want to be­come in­volved with New Zealand Golf and be­come part of the golf­ing land­scape at home.”

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