Wynsol K. Spencer
Wynsol Spencer was born in Mays Lick, Kentucky, but at the age of 5 moved to Newport News. Spencer was a dominant amateur golfer, both on the peninsula as well as state-wide, winning five Virginia Amateur championships covering a span of two decades, during the time when the Amateurs and not the professionals ruled golf in the Old Dominion. Before leaving Newport News High School, Spencer led his golf team to two state Championships. In thirteen tries for the Peninsula Amateur title, Spencer won eleven and was the runner-up in the other two. Besides countless club championships and victories in many minor tournaments, Spencer’s lengthy record includes two consecutive six-man championships and winner of the state father-son crown. Spencer won the Richmond Valentine Tournament and the prestigious Belle Haven Invitational and retired the Fairacre Cup in Hot Springs with three successive triumphs. He reached the round of 16 in the National Amateur and at one time held seven course records, with the second lowest average in CPGS√ïs version of the State Open. Spencer scored a remarkable 28 holes in one in his lifetime. One of his best remembered golf highlights came in the twilight of his career when Spencer was runner-up to William Campbell in the famed North-South Amateur Tournament. He lost on the 37th hole and Campbell eventually won the National Amateur and the National Senior Championships.