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May 12, 2007

On and Off the Course: Craftsmanship finds a niche

TERRE HAUTE — I have a son who is a golfer and a junior in high school, which means he’s been receiving flyers, pamphlets and letters from colleges across the country, wanting him to visit their campus or at least request more information about their college. The choices are overwhelming, and not made any easier by the fact that he doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up! He’d like to incorporate golf into his future career if he can, but he’s been told by many people that if he wants to play golf, not to become a golf course pro.

There are many other careers where golf is useful though, such as sales and public relations or if he wants to become an engineer, there are fields such as sports equipment designers and golf course architects. We had a discussion recently about many different careers involving golf, and he asked, “How do I become like Scotty Cameron, and get my name on putters all over the world?” So I did some research to find out how Scotty Cameron became “Scotty Cameron.”

He was born in 1962 in Glendale, Calif. He grew up playing golf with his father, who had a two-handicap, and was very passionate about the game. His father had equipment in the garage for making and shaping golf clubs, so he and Scotty spent a lot of time shaping clubs, wrapping grips, coming up with new designs, then trying them out. That early training led him to his career path of designing and building putters.

He worked for the Ray Cook Golf Company, Maxfli, Cleveland Classics, Founder’s Golf and Mizuno. In 1992, Scotty and his wife Kathy started Cameron Golf International, with the goal of designing the finest putters for the best players in the world. His original putters were handcrafted with a mill in his wife’s mother’s house. Their big break came in 1993 when Bernhard Langer won the Masters’ using a Scotty Cameron putter.

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