Camplin aims for PGA Championship

Editor's Note:

TODD CAMPLIN '96 qualified for the PGA Championship after placing 20th in the PGA Professional National Championship on June 29 in Hershey, Pa. Camplin moved eight spots on the leaderboard the final day to edge him into the tie at 1-under par. The top 20 finishers in the tournament advanced, and Camplin won a four-man playoff to grasp the final spot. The PGA Championship will take place at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga., August 11-14. Visit pga.com/nationalchampionship/2011 for results and more information. 

TODD CAMPLIN ’96 is busy working as the head golf professional at Pinehurst Country Club #7 golf course in Pinehurst, North Carolina, and raising a family. Then consider all the time it takes to travel to, and compete in, professional golf tournaments. Add more time for practicing the perfect shot and other general workouts, and it doesn’t take long to realize that Camplin’s days start early.

On TV

Camplin will play in the PGA Professional National Championship, broadcast on the Golf Channel from June 26–29. 

Camplin participates in a mixture of about 10 pro-am tournaments and section majors a year. Last September, Camplin won his first Carolinas PGA Professional Championship, which took place at the Grandfather Golf and Country Club in Linville, North Carolina. Winning the tournament gave Camplin a coveted pass to the 2011 PGA Professional National Championship that takes place in June in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Last year Camplin qualified for the event but missed the final cut.

He is entering this tournament with a new set of goals. “This year I’m shooting for a top 25 finish out of 300-some people. Top 25 would earn me an exemption into the PGA Championship, which would be a really cool deal.” Camplin also played in the Wells Fargo Championship in May because of the Carolinas victory.

The Peoria native credits part of his recent success to a decision he made on the way home last year after missing the cut at the national tournament. It was a long drive from Indiana, and Camplin reviewed his performance in his mind. “I came to the realization that I needed to be in better shape, because I’d gotten tired physically, which made me tired mentally, and then I didn’t perform as well,” he said. So Camplin made a commitment to lift weights and run at least three days a week; he believes the workout schedule has helped.

Camplin has been perfecting his game ever since his dad, FREDERICK CAMPLIN, MEA ’69, cut down old golf clubs for him at around age 7. As a Bradley golfer, Camplin remembers helping the team win back-to-back matches during the 1995–96 season. Camplin was twice voted most valuable player.

Camplin is continuing the tradition with his children, 7-year-old Vivian, who has already played some 18-hole rounds, and 3-year-old Daniel, who has just been introduced to the game. His wife Holly and the children will accompany Camplin to Hershey.

– By Sarah Hallstein '12


Legendary sportswriter joins faculty

By GAYLE ERWIN McDOWELL '77

First-year instructor Dave Kindred knows his subject matter. The almost-50-year veteran of sports reporting has written for The Washington Post, Louisville Courier-Journal, and Sporting News. Closer to home,15 Bradley seniors enjoyed taking his Sports in Film course last spring. And Kindred enjoyed teaching them.

“We are very lucky to have someone of his considerable experience teaching our students. Dave is a superb and gifted writer, and so he will certainly challenge student writing skills,” said Dr. Paul Gullifor, chairman of the Department of Communication. “Dave also provides a historical context that is much needed in our curriculum. Names like Secretariat, Bobby Knight, and even Muhammed Ali don’t resonate with this generation of students, but that historical perspective can only inform their writing.”

Kindred also delivered the Robison Lecture at Bradley on March 30. His topic: A Sportswriter’s Life: Heroes, Fools, and other Dreamers.

In 1997 Kindred was named National Sportswriter of the Year. He also has received the Red Smith Award for sports journalism, the Curt Gowdy Award for contributions to basketball, and the PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism. The central Illinois native has written nine books.

– By Gayle Erwin McDowell '77

Online

Visit bradley.edu/hilltopics/go/kindred for more information.


Softball team goes to bat for fan

Julie Prill, 32, is the Bradley softball team’s #1 fan. To show their appreciation for her loyalty, the team members staged a clinic for area youth and raised funds for a customized wheelchair for Prill, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age 2. Swapping out their regular uniforms for pink shirts on Komen Race for the Cure day in Peoria, the team presented the new wheelchair and other gifts to the Pekin woman. Players then treated Prill to her customary trip around the bases.