About Vinny Giles
If you want an indication of just how much Vinny Giles has meant to golf in Virginia, travel to Stafford and take a quick trip to the Middle Atlantic Section PGA’s headquarters. Inside is the section’s Hall of Fame, and Giles is a featured member.
Why is that notable? Giles is the only lifelong amateur to gain entry into that professional organization’s hall. And he will remain the MAPGA Hall of Fame’s lone amateur, as induction rules were later changed to where only professionals could gain entrance. (Though it should be stressed that the change had nothing to do with Giles.)
Giles’ playing record speaks for itself. He’s the only player to have ever won the U.S. Amateur, British Amateur and U.S. Senior Amateur Championships. He’s also appeared on five Walker Cup teams (including one as a non-playing captain), finished as the low amateur at the Masters and claimed seven VSGA Amateur titles. He was the low amateur at three different U.S. Senior Open Championships.
But that only scratches the surface of Giles’ contributions to the game in his home state. Giles is a past president of the Virginia State Golf Association, and he played a major role in merging the two Virginia Opens (the VPGA and VSGA championships). He began his professional career in financial services and later used that expertise to help manage the finances of many pro golfers.
Giles’ many accomplishments in both on the course and off made him an easy choice for the Virginia Golf Hall of Fame’s Inaugural Class. Along with the MAPGA Hall of Fame, Giles is also enshrined in the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and the Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame. He continues to play in VSGA senior championships and finished in a tie for 11th at the Senior Open of Virginia in 2015.
He Said It…
“I’m very honored to be part of the first class in the company of the top names in Virginia golf. Being considered in a class including Sam Snead, in my mind perhaps the finest swinger of a golf club ever, is very special…There is a long and proud golf history in Virginia…this tradition [Hall] is long overdue.”
VSGA Amateur Championships
VSGA Open Championships
Appearances on Eisenhower Trophy Team (won all three)
Walker Cup Appearances (one as non-playing captain)
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: January 4, 1943 (Lynchburg, Va.)
Notable achievements: Won State Jaycees Tournament as a 14 year old
College graduation: University of Georgia (1966), University of Virginia law (1969)
Amateur achievements: One of several amateurs to win both the U.S. Amateur Championship and British Amateur Championship. … Won both a U.S. Amateur and U.S. Senior Amateur Championship. … Seven-time VSGA Amateur champion. … Three-time VSGA Open champion. … Won both the VSGA Amateur and VSGA Open in 1969. … Two-time Dogwood Invitational champion. … Appeared on five Walker Cup teams, four as a player and one as a non-playing captain. … Three appearances on the Eisenhower Trophy team, winning all three times and tying for medalist honors in 1968. … Won two Southern Amateurs, Northeast Amateur, an Eastern Amateur, a Crump Cup and a Porter Cup. … Won two Crump Cup Senior titles and a VSGA Senior Amateur championship. … Two-time playing captain at the Concession Cup.
Year turning pro: N/A. Lifelong amateur
1962 (VSGA Amateur)
1963 (Dogwood Invitational)
1964 (VSGA Amateur)
1965 (Dogwood Invitational)
1966 (VSGA Amateur)
1967 (Southern Amateur)
1968 (VSGA Amateur)
1969 (VSGA Amateur, VSGA Open)
1971 (Northeast Amateur, VSGA Amateur)
1972 (US Amateur)
1973 (Porter Cup, Eastern Amateur)
1974 (VSGA Open)
1975 (British Amateur, Southern Amateur)
1987 (VSGA Amateur)
1990 (Crump Cup)
1993 (VSGA Open)
2000 (VSGA Senior Amateur)
2002 (Society of Seniors Dale Morey, George Coleman Invitational Senior, David A. King Senior Legends Invitational, Senior Hall of Fame)
2007 (Crump Cup Senior)
2009 (U.S. Senior Amateur)
2010 (Crump Cup Senior)