A PGA Tour Life Member and popular television golf broadcaster, Bobby Clampett is well-known within golf’s inner circles as both an avid student of the game and an exceptional teacher.
Somewhat of a “Renaissance Man,” Clampett’s varied interests have led him from playing golf courses to helping design them, as well as from the TV booth to the bookstores, as the successful author of The Impact Zone. An avid snow skier and life-long pilot with over 5,000 hours (his father was a two-time National Air Race Champion), Clampett has discovered another new passion a bit more down to earth: as a winemaker. Clampett Cellars announced its first two wines varietals, both red blends, in 2010, added three more, and will be announcing more new wines later in 2016.
Clampett established his golf resume as a champion competitor, winning at the amateur, collegiate and tour professional levels – actually notching his first victory against tour professionals as a 19-year-old. And while he continues to thrive in his 50s on the Champions Tour, Clampett believes his true contribution to the game will be through instruction. Clampett’s insights from personal experience, as well as from studying and competing against the world's best players for four decades, has resulted in a philosophy that completely changes the way golfers and instructors perceive and interpret each golfer’s swing.
With his “The Impact Zone Training System,” Clampett challenges the widely accepted theory of golf instruction that is too concerned with a golfer’s swing style, while overlooking its results and effectiveness. “Impact-Based” instruction puts the emphasis where it should be, Clampett professes: on consistently good shots and lower scores. The book ignited responses from teaching professionals throughout the game, and eventually led to Clampett becoming to only PGA Tour winner in the PGA history to become a Master Professional and Teaching and Coaching (the PGA’s highest level). With the help of his wife, Marianna, who is president of Impact Zone Enterprises, LLC.,Clampett now oversees his team of over 12 local instructors and over 50 World Wide in his new Impact Zone Golf World Headquarters with two locations in Naples, Florida: 1040 Collier Center Way and the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort.
Robert Daniel Clampett, Jr. was born April 22, 1960 in Monterey, Calif. He attended Robert Louis Stevenson School, adjacent to the famed Spyglass Hill Golf Course. His early golf training was based on the groundbreaking book "The Golfing Machine" by Homer Kelley, and working closely with Kelley disciple Ben Doyle, at nearby Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel Valley.
Clampett became one of the most celebrated young amateur golfers in the world, earning honors as the low amateur at the 1978 U.S. Open and 1979 Masters, while still a teenager. And he was still only 19 when he won a professional tournament for the first time, beating a field that included many PGA Tour veterans in the 1980 Spalding Invitational, held on the Monterey Peninsula.
Among his national amateur titles, Clampett posted prestigious victories at the Porter Cup, the Sunnehanna Amateur and the Western Amateur. He also won the 1978 World Amateur medal in team competition for the Eisenhower Trophy. Closer to home Clampett twice captured the California State Amateur virtually in his own backyard, at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, first as an 18-year-old in 1978 and then again two summers later in 1980.
Not to be overlooked was Clampett’s remarkable collegiate career at Brigham Young University, where from 1978 through 1980 he was a three-time All-American, set the all-time career Collegiate Victory Title with 12 wins and is the only two-time Fred Haskins Award winner (The Heisman Trophy of Golf) as the Collegiate Golfer of the Year.
Turning pro in 1980, Clampett earned more than $1.4 million during 15 years as regular on the PGA Tour, tapering off is playing schedule following the 1994 season to focus on his second golf career, as a broadcaster. Clampett has enjoyed working for CBS and TNT the past three decades, but since he has returned to competition on the Champions Tour in 2010, his obligations to CBS have been limited to the network’s two major championships broadcasts, at the Masters and PGA Championship. After five seasons and in only 87 events on the Champion’s Tour, Clampett more than doubled his life-time earnings that took him 396 events to accumulate. Proof that his Impact-Based® system improved his own game.
As his focus leaves competing at the highest level, Clampett is now committed fully to Impact Zone Golf® which he founded as a way to meet the demands of students and teachers to be involved with his revolutionary Impact-Based™ teaching system. The new project has had a huge effect on his life. Even his first wine offerings with Clampett Cellars reflect that: The 2010 Impact Zone Red is named after his revolutionary golf teaching system. For more information on both, go to: www.impactzonegolf.com and www.clampettcellars.com.
On a personal level, Clampett remains active in donating his time and support to numerous non-profit organizations throughout the year. Clampett has five grown children, including daughter Katelyn Clampett (his oldest), a well-known pop singer/songwriter. Clampett now lives in Bonita Springs, Fla., with his wife Marianna.
Children: Katelyn 1987, Daniel 1989, Michael 1991
Step-children: Nicholas Suciu 1992, Anna Suciu 1994
1980-Associates in Arts Degree in French from Brigham Young University
Honor Roll every year while in high school and college
Robert Louis Stevenson High School-freshman class president
Founder & Trustee Of The Sara E. Clampett Charitable Trust
Founder of the Sara E. Clampett Trust through the NC Community Foundation
Founder, Past Chairman And Board Member Of The Payne Stewart Memorial At Kids Across America In Branson, Mo.-http://www.kidsacrossamerica.org/
Founder/past director Of The Players Outreach Ministry,
Past Host And Consultant For The Nccaa Pro-am
Co-founder- Children’s Flight Of Hope Pro-am--http://www.childrensflightofhope.org/
Co-founder -The Boys And Girls Club Pro-am-Pebble Beach, Ca
Co-founder And Consultant To The Agape House Pro-am-1997-present
Teaching Golf Coach At St. David's Episcopal School (2001-2007)
Supports other organizations including:
- Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina
- First Tee
- Northern California Junior Golf Association
- Wounded Warriors
- Search Ministries
Born on April 22, 1960, Mr. Clampett began golf at the age of 10, his handicap reached scratch for the first time in 1975 and he won the National Insurance Youth Classic in Colorado Springs, Colorado in July, 1975. He was the Northern California Junior Champion and Golfer of the Year for the second straight year in 1977. He was named to the 1st Team All-American all three years while attending Brigham Young University., winning a n NCAA record twelve collegiate golf tournaments in three years. He was recipient of the Western Athletic Conference Golfer of the Year and the Desert News Athlete of the Year in Utah awards in 1978. He was the World Amateur Individual and Team Champion for the United States held in Fiji, and was the only golfer to ever win two Western Golf Association titles in the same year-Western Junior Championship and Western Amateur Championship (1978). Additionally, he was named Golf Magazine’s and Golf Digest’s #1 ranked amateur in the United States in 1978. He was twice given the prestigious Fred Haskins Award and Golf Magazine’s Award as the NCAA college player of the year. He was the recipient of the prestigious Dale Rex Award as the person who “contributes the most to athletics in Utah” during 1980. At 18 years of age, he was the youngest to ever finish in the top 24 finishers in the Masters-this record still stands today. Winner of the Spalding Invitational in Pebble Beach, Ca. Earned his PGA Tour privileges by finishing 8th in the Buick Open in 1980. Mr. Clampett has been inducted into the California Golf Hall of Fame, the Utah Golf Hall of Fame and Brigham Young University’s Hall of Fame. In 1998 he was named Golf Digest’s most improved broadcaster.
In addition to competing in golf, Mr. Clampett has performed over 500 golf clinics for companies and charities around the world. His corporate clients have included: PNC Bank, BB&T, Regions Bank, Federal Express, Ford Motor Co., AT&T (first to carry a Yellow Pages Bag (1982), Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Citibank, Nabisco, Nestle, Weber-Shandwick, Exxon, Computerland, MCI, Mastercard, Wauchovia, Bank of America, Red Prairie Software, Unilever, Ability Services Network, Alston, Nix Healthcare, Cessna, Regal-Beloit, Lonesource, Chrystal Cruise Lines, Midsouth Baking, Wealthstone Financial, CBS Sports, TNT Sports, and SAS.
PRO CAREER-LIFE TIME MEMBER/PAST CHAMPION
- 1981 Individual Champion USA vs. Japan team matches. 1982 Southern Open. 1983 World Mixed Team Champion with Betsy King. In 1984 he became the youngest PGA Tour Professional in history to earn over $500,000 in Official Prize Money.
- 2nd Place Finishes: 81,82,84 Italian Opens, 81 Bing Crosby, 81 Greater Hartford Open, 81 Buick Open, 81 Buick Westchester Classic, 82 Greater Greensboro Open, 87 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic.
- 3rd Place Finishes: 82 US Open, 81 Byron Nelson Golf Classic, 86 Texas Open
- Top 10 finishes on the PGA Tour: 33
- Total PGA Tour Cuts Made: 232
- Life Time PGA Tour Earnings: Over $1.4 million
Mr. Clampett remains active in competing in golf. His first tournament in 2000 found Mr. Clampett successfully qualifying for the 100th US Open at Pebble Beach (was in the lead during much of the first round finishing with a 68 t4th) and eventually finishing t37th. In 2001, Mr. Clampett competed only in the Callaway Invitational at Pebble Beach, making the cut and finishing 40th with a score of 287 (1 under par). In 2002, Mr. Clampett again competed in the Michelob Championship narrowly missing the cut. Mr. Clampett did not compete on the PGA Tour in 2003, 2004 or 2005. Mr. Clampett received a sponsor’s exemption to compete in the 2006 and 2007 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and plans to increase his tournament schedule to prepare for the Champion’s Tour in 2010. Mr. Clampett successfully made the local qualifying for the US Open in 2005 and competed in the Callaway Invitational at Pebble Beach shooting 219 and missing the cut by two strokes. In 2007, Mr. Clampett finished 5th in the Juliette Falls Open, and shot a 30 on the final nine of the Miccosuki Championship (Nationwide Tour) but narrowly missed the cut.
- Commentated over 200 golf telecasts including (16 Masters, 17 PGA Championships, 16 PGA Grand Slams of Golf 6 President’s Cups and 5 British Opens)
- Hosted 7 infomercials (Mc Henry Metals Golf, Power-link Swing Trainers, Yes Golf Putters, PAX Golf, Orlimar golf, US Kids golf, Bald Eagle Golf)
- Hosted 4 commercials (Coleman Cart Cat, US Kids Golf, Yes Putters, Mc Henry Metals Golf)
- Books: “The Impact Zone”-co authored with Andy Brumer-St. Martin Press- released in April, 2007
- Golf Course Projects: The Greens at Deerfield Golf Club-La Follette, TN- 1995; Completed the First Tee of the Ozarks facility at the Payne Stewart Memorial at Kids Across America, Branson, MO., Payne Stewart Golf Club, Branson, MO. opens fall of 2008
- Assisted- Carmel Valley Ranch-Carmel Valley, CA, 1981, Tournament Players Club, Sawgrass-1982
Blast from the past: Clampett to play at Pebble again
Thursday, February 2, 2006
The voice sounds familiar, because we hear it every time CBS televises golf. The name sounds familiar, because he grew up on the Monterey Peninsula and zoomed to prominence in his early 20s, winning a PGA Tour event and inspiring visions of greatness.