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Lewis “Lew” Worsham

In 1947 Lew Worsham became the First Virginian to ever win the U.S. Open Golf Tournament. Having begun his career at an early age, Worsham played for Hampton High School on the Crabbers Golf Team from 1933 through 1935. By…

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J.C. Snead

J.C. Snead, nephew of the legendary Sam Snead, made his commendable mark in professional golf after giving up a promising baseball career.  This former all-state star in three sports at Bath County High School was in the Washington Senators organization…

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Sam Snead

Sam Snead

Sam Snead has won more golf tournaments than anyone.  At a young age, he caddied at a golf club near his home, and with the support of some club members he went to California in 1937 to compete on the…

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Robbye King Unger

Robbye King Unger was an outstanding amateur golfer in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic circles.  For ten years she dominated women’s golf in a fashion unequaled in recent years. In 20 Virginia Women’s Amateur Championships, Unger won six times in 1963,…

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Jane Mack

Jane Mack of Richmond began her amateur golf career as a teenager, taking lessons at Willow Oaks Country Club.  An active member of the Virginia State Golf Association (VSGA), Mack notably won four state Women’s Amateur Championships (1977-78-82-92) over a…

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Mary-Patton Janssen

From 1957 through 1962, Mary Patton Janssen was the state’s top female golfer.  Short-lived as her reign was, it remains without peer today.  A native Pennsylvanian, Janssen has resided in Charlottesville since she was 15 but didn’t begin playing golf…

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Chandler Harper

Chandler Harper

Chandler Harper has won 7 championships on the pro golf tour and has finished second in 13 others.  His most prestigious victory was the National PGA Championship in 1950, at the time still a match play tournament.  Much of the…

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Vinny Giles

Vinny Giles

Vinny Giles, a native of Lynchburg, has placed his name with the elite by winning the amateur championships of America and Britain.  Giles began winning in competitive golf at such an early age that he appears to be an old…

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