Charlotte Campbell. Photo copyright by NCAA Sports.







Driven

Charlotte Campbell ’06 wins Golf Channel’s Highway 18


By Warren Miller ’90MBA






Professional golfer and former Rollins standout Charlotte Campbell ’06 recently won a competition on the Golf Channel’s reality show Highway 18. Charlotte and her brother, Rob, bested four other two-person teams in a wild competition that included rally-style car driving, racing on foot while carrying a full set of clubs and bag, answering golf trivia questions for Arnold Palmer, and—sandwiched in between—actual golf on a dozen different courses. For their efforts, the Campbell team won $50,000 in cash, $50,000 worth of travel from Orbitz, a GPS system, and Titleist clubs and balls.

“Everything that you saw on television was real,” Campbell said. “I thought the editors did a great job of showing who we were.” Campbell’s former coach and mentor at Rollins, Women’s Golf Coach Julie Garner, agreed. “They captured her perfectly,” Garner said. “You could see and feel her competitive intensity. ‘We are back in it!’ she said on camera. That’s Charlotte, all right. If you need someone to make a putt or birdie, she’s the one you want to have.”

The win comes at a good time for Campbell, who struggled during her second year on the Duramed FUTURES Tour, the LPGA’s development tour. She finished the year ranked 116th and will have to play in a qualifying tournament to regain her exempt status (eligibility to enter all events) for the 2009 season. “Playing in the pros is not easy,” she said. “It’s a whole new level of competition. I had a really good career in college, but so did the other 144 girls I tee it up with every week.”

Garner has no doubt that Campbell will recover the confidence and “swagger” she had as a four-time NCAA Division II Player of the Year during her Rollins career. “I’ve watched her play since her high school days, and she has that burning desire,” Garner said. “She stalks a putt like Tiger Woods does.”

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