Growing the game at home
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.”