Moss Beecroft

About Moss Beecroft

The day Morris Bryan “Moss” Beecroft turned 55 in 1985 was the day his golf game took a turn toward Hall of Fame status.

A Newport News native and longtime member of James River Country Club, Beecroft hoisted the first of his six VSGA Senior Amateur trophies in 1986. That same year, he won the inaugural VSGA Senior Stroke Play Championship. He added a second VSGA Senior Stroke Play title in 1997.

“It really was an amazing coincidence. I don’t’ know how it came about, but once it started, it just kept going,” Beecroft says in Jim Ducibella’s book entitled Par Excellence: A Celebration of Virginia Golf.

Crowning Moment…

In 1991, Beecroft reached the final of the U.S. Senior Amateur before falling with Bill Bosshard in the closing match. Beecroft was the event’s stroke-play co-medalist with a score of 150.


Number of VSGA Senior Amateur titles Beecroft won: 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1999


Year Beecroft was inducted into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame


Years that the clothing store Beecroft & Bull has been open. Beecroft and wife Frances opened the store in Newport News, and it received national acclaim from Esquire and MR magazines


Wins in the VSGA Senior Stroke Play Championship, the inaugural event in 1986 and again in 1997

Achievements & Media

Special thanks to the USGA, PGA Tour, VSGA, MAPGA, WVGA and inductee family members for contributing photos and videos to this project.

Date of birth: May 8, 1930
Date of death: April 24, 2020

Accomplishments and Awards
• Low amateur the 1992 U.S. Senior Open
• Attained the No. 3 senior amateur ranking in the U.S. in 1992
• Won the Kenridge Invitational in 1967 and was runner-up in the 1970 Eastern Amateur
• A regular on the Society of Seniors Amateur Tour, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Club at Quail Ridge in Boynton Beach, Fla., his home away from home
• Tied for eighth on the all-time VSGA wins list with eight titles