Wynsol Spencer

About Wynsol Spencer

Wynsol Spencer dominated the amateur golf scene in Virginia—and in particular—the Peninsula region, starting with two state high school championships at Newport News High School, before he turned professional in 1959. Born in Kentucky, Spencer’s family moved to Newport News when he was 5 years old. Spencer always had a love for bluegrass music.

“He was a tremendous guy,” said fellow Virginia Golf Hall of Famer and friend Wayne Jackson. “He was one of those people that was not only respected by all the people he played against, but he was well-liked by them. He had a nice manner about him. I think he was a gracious winner and a gracious loser. He was one of the best competitive guys that I have known.”

Crowning Moment…

Spencer was a five-time winner of the VSGA Amateur Championship, claiming titles in 1939, 1948, 1953, 1955 and 1959.


Wins in the Peninsula Amateur in 13 starts in the event


Number of times Spencer was medalist in the VSGA Amateur, including in 1948 and 1955 when he won the championship


Number of holes-in-one Spencer logged in his lifetime


Number of course records Spencer holds

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: December 6, 1919
Date of death: May 9, 2013 

Accomplishments and Awards
• Won the Valentine Invitational, Belle Haven Invitational and two state high school championships
• Played in the 1965 PGA Championship, where he missed the cut by a single shot
• Reached the round of 16 in the U.S. Amateur and was runner-up in the North and South Amateur
• Inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1991
• Upon turning professional in 1959, became he head pro at Fort Eustis Golf Club