When Phil Cammarata was a sophomore at Jamestown Neighborhood Faculty greater than 30 years in the past, he certified for the NJCAA Golf Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“All I keep in mind is No. 1 at McCormick Ranch has a canal happening the left facet,” he stated. “Again then, I didn’t hook the ball in any respect. I may have aimed proper on the canal and it might have light into the golf green.”
So, what occurred?
“I snap-hooked my drive into that canal and the match was just about over,” Cammarata stated.
However his love for the sport has by no means waned, an odyssey that started as a baby at Forest Heights Golf Course, continued at Jamestown CC and has been his avocation as an grownup. And now he’ll have an opportunity to impart a few of his ardour and data of the sport at his alma mater upon being named the Jayhawks’ golf coach earlier this week.
“We’re enthusiastic about bringing somebody who desires to be part of the JCC household to teach on the collegiate degree,” stated George Sisson, the college’s athletic and recreation director. “We have been searching for somebody to carry consistency to this system and Phil will give us that. We sit up for Phil constructing relationships with the athletes and neighborhood and rising our program. Phil is a former Jayhawk and he’ll carry a aggressive edge to the group on the golf course.”
Paradoxically, the announcement got here the identical week the faculty was planning to host the NJCAA Division III Nationwide Championship at Chautauqua Golf Membership, however the COVID-19 pandemic pressured its cancellation weeks in the past. The ultimate spherical had been scheduled for in the present day.
“I’m prepared to take the time to construct this system,” Cammarata stated. “JCC has so much to supply. The objective is to win the nationwide championship. We’ve accomplished it earlier than (in 2000). To get there, now we have to construct good relationships with our student-athletes. You need to have the abilities to compete whereas additionally navigating by way of the psychological facet of the sport.”
Cammarata’s resume is in depth. Not solely did he train at Forest Heights Golf Course, a structure owned by his father, however he additionally taught greater than 200 golfers within the Sundown Valley Golf Course league.
“My first objective is to exit and assemble a group of 10-15 golfers,” he stated. “From there, we will begin constructing relationships. I need my athletes to get to some extent the place they may stroll by way of fires for me, as a result of I’ll do the identical for them.”
Cammarata is aware of all in regards to the Jamestown CC, having earned an associates diploma generally research in 1988 earlier than receiving his bachelor’s diploma in elementary training, a grasp’s diploma in curriculum improvement, and an adminsitrative certificates on the SUNY Fredonia. He started instructing in 1990, first on the former Mayville Central College, and transferring as much as assistant principal at Persell Center College in 1998. Cammarata, who served as principal at Persell for the previous 18 years, has introduced his retirement, efficient on the finish of this month.
“I’m excited for this new alternative,” stated Cammarata, the married father of two boys. “I can provide quite a lot of time and quite a lot of vitality to this.”