It’s with great sorrow that we announce the passing of longtime Sacramento junior golf volunteer Pat Campbell after a battle with cancer.
Campbell started with Morton Golf handling many of their junior golf programs including the Little Linkers program and then would go on to work for The First Tee of Greater Sacramento running their junior golf tour back in its early stages when it was still the SAY Golf Tour.
Literally, hundreds, if not thousands, of junior golfers played in her programs and her reach with her passion for the game was huge.
Says, Ken Morton, Sr, PGA Hall-of-Fame Member and CEO of Morton Golf, “Pat was very instrumental in the early stages of SAY-Golf and the Little Linkers. Above all, her heart and passion for the cause of youth golf was deep and unwavering. She was an impact person in the evolution of Morton Golf.”
Angie Dixon, Executive Director for The First Tee of Greater Sacramento added, “Pat’s contributions to junior golf are some of the most important in our history.
They cannot be overstated. Her time and dedication to bringing competitive golf to the youth of our community will be her legacy and we will all carry a little bit of her efforts with us going forward.”
The First Tee has held an event in their history in honor of Campbell. Participants from the First Tee Junior Golf Tour have been selected to play in the Pat Campbell Team Match Play Championship. Two ten-person teams are made up from our five age groups based on scoring average and event participation.
The Pat Campbell event, named for the original Jr Tour director, gives players the chance to play golf on a team and in a match play format.
Photo below is First Tee Executive Director Angie Dixon (left) and Pat Campbell (right of trophy) with the First Tee Associations winning team. Note a young Cameron Champ in the front row.