By Amanda Herrington (@AJGAAmanda), AJGA Communications
Having Wyndham Cup withdrawals? The event, which just celebrated its 25th anniversary, holds a unique place in AJGA history and is known for housing some of the most interesting facts about AJGA staff, past and present. Did you know AJGA Executive Director Stephen Hamblin served as captain of the East Team for the first seven years (1990-96) alongside West Captain Chris Haack (now head men’s golf coach at the University of Georgia)?
Since the 25th anniversary welcomed back participants of the inaugural Wyndham Cup, we couldn’t help but find out what those first captains were like.
“Stephen is such a wonderful person for this organization. He believes in every single kid who plays with the AJGA. It’s so nice to see his passion for all of us and his passion for golf. Chris Haack was my captain, but Stephen always had a hand in making sure that everyone was taken care of. He was almost like a second dad to all of us.” – Kellee Booth
“I was so glad we got Stephen as our captain. He just had this confidence and that determination. We knew back then we were around a strong person who had his priorities right, so it was great to play for him. We would have those meetings in the hotel room or hallway and he would get us so motivated.” –Stephanie Neill
So who was the better captain, Hamblin or Haack? Only one person can answer that question. Heather Bowie goes down in Wyndham Cup history as the only player to compete for both the East and West. So, what was it like playing for both Hamblin and Haack?
“They are totally different. When I first met Stephen, he seemed very straight and narrow and more disciplined, and Chris Haack was always just crazy. But Chris was actually more disciplined than I thought. They complement each other and they have similarities, but they were both a lot of fun to play for. I was probably more scared of Stephen, but once you got him in a team setting, he was so relaxed.” – Heather Bowie