Bobby Clampett
Last School
Stevenson School
Roster Years


  • Native of Carmel, Calif.

Career Highlights

  • Won the Fred Haskins Award twice (1979 and 1980), joining golfing legends Ben Crenshaw and Phil Mickelsen as the only multi-winners of the award
  • Selected to the Walker Cup Team; World Cup Team; NCAA All-Stars vs. Japan
  • Three-time First Team All-American (1978, 1979, 1980)
  • Named the U.S. Amateur of the Year (1979)
  • Low amateur at the 1978 U.S. Open
  • Low amateur at the 1979 Masters
  • Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year (1978, 1979, 1980)
  • WAC Individual Conference Champion (1979, 1980)
  • Became the youngest BYU Cougar to win a major college tournament at the age of 17
  • Lead BYU to three Top 4 finishes at the NCAA Championships (1978, 1979, 1980)
  • Led BYU to 32 team titles in three seasons (1978, 1979, 1980)
  • Won the California State Amateur (1978 and 1980)
  • Won the Porter Cup, the Sunnehanna Amateur, and the Western Amateur while at BYU
  • Led Team USA to the Eisenhower Trophy at the World Amateur Team Championship at Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club in Navua, Viti Levu, Fiji

Before BYU

  • Northern California Junior Champion (1976)
  • California State Junior Champion (1977)
  • Won the California Tournament of Champions

After BYU

  • Turned professional in 1980 following his junior season
  • Played in the PGA Tour from 1980-95
  • Won the 1982 Southern Open
  • Had almost three dozen top-10 finishes in his Tour career
  • Joined CBS Sports in 1991 as an on-course reporter for the PGA Championship, and split duties between CBS, TNT and Golf Channel telecasts for years
  • Is also active in golf course design
  • Also played on the Champions Tour

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1990
1990 BYU Hall of Fame

1990 BYU Hall of Fame

Golf's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy is the Fred Haskins Award, and BYU's Bobby Clampett won it twice while competing for the Cougars.

In college golf circles, you name it and Bobby has won it—and often set a course record while doing so. Consequently, it comes as no surprise that he was selected to the Walker Cup Team, the World Cup Team, and the NCAA All-Stars vs. Japan squad. Against the Japanese, the three-time All-American was voted MVP.

His victory in the Eisenhower Cup World Amateur helped him establish his ranking as the No. 1 amateur in the world in 1978-79. That same year USGA-Golf Digest named him U.S. Amateur of the Year. He was also Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

The wavy-haired wonder from Carmel, California, was the low amateur in both the U.S. Open and the Masters. At age 17 he was the youngest player to win a major college tournament at BYU. In 31 competitive rounds for the Cougars his stroke average was 71.1.

Bobby turned professional in 1980, a year before his collegiate eligibility was complete. With Clampett, speculated one Bay Area writer, the 1980 Cougars would be "awesome." Without Clampett, the writer said, BYU would be "great." Without him that group of Cougars won the NCAA Championship. Bobby left BYU having won 32 titles.

In his professional career, Clampett won the 1982 Southern Open and had almost three dozen top-10 finishes in his career, including nine 2nd or 3rd-place finishes, and had over $1 million in career earnings. His best finish in a major was a T-3 at the 1982 U.S. Open. He was a member of the 1982 World Cup team. He later competed on both the Nationwide Tour and the Champions Tour.

He has since been a commentator for CBS and Turner Sports for more than a decade and has designed golf courses.

Freshman Year 1977-1978

  • Named first team All-America
  • Named first team All-WAC
  • Was low amateur in U.S. Open
  • Was a semifinalist U.S. Amateur
  • Placed first in the John Burns Rainbow Classic, All-American Intercollegiate, Wester Junior, Western Amateur, California State Amateur, Porter Cup, World Amateur and William H. Tucker Intercollegiate
  • Was voted most valuable player in the NCAA All-Stars versus Japan All-Stars
Sophmore Year 1978-1979

  • Named Outstanding Collegiate Player for the NCAA
  • Named first team All-America
  • Finished second at the NCAA Championships
  • Won four collegiate tournaments
  • Finished second at the Sun Bowl
Junior Year 1979-1980

Senior Year

Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year