Giles, Vinny (1990)
About Giles, Vinny (1990)
Vinny Giles entered the MAPGA Hall of Fame for not only his stellar amateur play over several decades, but more so for his contributions to the MAPGA and the VSGA. The MAPGA recognized him for contributing to unification of the two Virginia Opens held between 1958 and 1984 into a single Championship. He served on the VSGA Executive Committee for more than twenty years and is a Past VSGA President (1989-1990). Additionally, he held a Director’s position in the Southern Golf Association. They too embraced him as a member of their Hall of Fame. He held a chair on the USGA Mid Amateur Committee and is a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.
Originally from Lynchburg, he started out in the game playing with his father, an accomplished player in his own right. He won the State Jaycees Tournament as a fourteen-year-old. Vinny finished high school at Episcopal in Alexandria, Virginia and started college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a year he transferred to the University of Georgia from which he graduated in 1966 as a three-time All-America. After a few years in the financial services business, he, his partner, and their company, Pros Incorporated, began managing the financial affairs of many professional golfers.
As one of the most successful amateur golfers in recent decades, his credentials include victories in regional, national and international tournaments. Regionally, he won the Southern Amateur in 1967 and finished 2nd in the U.S. Amateur. The next year found him finishing as low amateur in the Masters. In 1969, he played on both the Walker Cup and World Cup Teams and repeated on the World Cup Team the ensuing year. As the early 1970s opened he continued to play on the World Cup and Walker Cup Teams. One of his personal triumphs came by winning the 1972 U.S. Amateur. In 1973, Vinny won the Porter Cup, played on the Walker Cup Team, captured the Eastern Amateur, and finished the US Open as the low amateur. In 1975, he stayed in England after the Walker Cup matches and won the British Amateur at Hoylake. A second triumph in the Southern Amateur that year followed. The World Team Cup officials named him Captain for 1992 and the U.S. Walker Cup officials named him their Captain for 1993. The 1990 Crump Cup at Pine Valley came his way as well.
The VSGA record book is filled with his accomplishments: twice the VSGA Golfer of the Year (1990, 1993) and once the VSGA Senior Golfer of the Year (2000). Vinny won the VSGA Amateur seven times (1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, and 1987) and was the medalist three times (1964, 1989 and 1993). He also won three Virginia Opens (1969, 1974, and 1993) and was the low amateur in the Virginia Open two other times (1972 and 1986).
As a senior, he has won three VSGA Senior Amateurs (2000, 2003 and 2008) and a Middle Atlantic Golf Association Senior Amateur (2004). He scored as the low amateur in the 1993, 1996, and 1997 U.S. Senior Opens. And to date, a career highlight is winning the USGA Senior Amateur in 2009.
In 1976, Vinny was elected to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. For contributions to the game as a business consultant to professional golfers, for spectacular play as an amateur, and for contributions to the VSGA and MAPGA he is enshrined in the MAPGA Hall of Fame.