The first time the Bill Dickey Scholarship Association became aware of Cameron Champ is through a long standing relationship with a great supporter, Marlo Bramlett in 2012. Cameron had one of the best HCP Indexes that we had seen +4.3. He was 16 years old, a sophomore in high school and was hitting the books maintaining 3.8 GPA. Cameron was ranked one of the top 54 golfers in the world, demonstrating his prowess on the course, one example of his achievements, was he finished 16th at the 2011 California State Amateur.
The BDSA was excited to have him join the field of the 13th Annual Bill Dickey Invitational (BDI) junior golfers. We expected great things from Cameron and he did not disappoint…his performance at the Golf Club of Georgia, Lakeside Course, was simply awesome! Cameron carded 71/77/148 and won the 13th Annual BDI Championship in the boys division.
Cameron had no idea what was on the horizons for him, specifically, the pathway in which he was embarking on was simply amazing, and it would have made any junior golfer ecstatic. His BDI championship win provided him an exemption into the Junior PGA Championship, Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana – July 31st – August 3rd 2012. Cameron played a fantastic game of golf, demonstrating awesome skills and talent, leaving a small margin of three strokes between him and his opponents, landing in second, as a runner-up. His aptitude and execution of the game paid off, he was selected as a team member of the 2012 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team, a total of 12 junior golfers, six girls and six boys.
The 8th Annual Junior Ryder Cup commenced on September 24-25, 2012, hosted by the Olympia Fields Country Club – in Olympia Fields, Ill. Cameron’s perseverance, determination and skills provided him a far-reaching platform, with benefits of an internationally-recognized competitive stage, what an exceptional feat at such a young age.
Six years later, Cameron is realizing his dream. He is on his way to the PGA Tour. Only 23 years old, he had his first major professional win on the Web.com Tour at the Utah Championship presented by Zion Bank in July 2018.
In October 2018, Cameron won his first PGA Tour Championship at Sanderson Farms Championship. We are extremely proud that we could be a part of his journey. Cameron has set the stage for amazing things to happen and we can’t wait to watch!