HOT SPRINGS, Va. (WAVY) -Six legends of Virginia golf were inducted as part of the Inaugural Class of the Virginia Golf Hall of Fame Tuesday night during a dinner and ceremony at the Omni Homestead Resort.
Vinny Giles, Chandler Harper, Clyde Luther, Sam Snead, Curtis Strange and Lanny Wadkins were honored at the ceremony, which included guests and dignitaries from the USGA, VSGA, Middle Atlantic PGA, Middle Atlantic Golf Association and Omni Hotels and Resorts, among others.
The ceremony coincided with the launch of the virtual Virginia Golf Hall of Fame, which can be found online at virginiagolfhalloffame.com. The website features rooms and exhibits on all six inductees, along with news, information on the nine-person selection committee, and a nomination form for potential future Hall of Fame members.
Snead, Strange and Wadkins are members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. They’re also members of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, as are Giles and Harper. Harper and Giles are members of the Middle Atlantic PGA Hall of Fame, and Harper holds a spot in the PGA of America Hall of Fame. Luther, a retired commercial airline pilot, is a nationally known expert on the Rules of Golf.
Snead, Strange, Wadkins and Harper all won major championships during their illustrious careers, and all four represented their country in Ryder Cup matches. Giles is renowned as one of the greatest amateurs to have ever played the game, and he’s the only man in history to have won the U.S. Amateur, British Amateur and U.S. Senior Amateur championships. Among the awards Luther has won during his career as a rules official was the 2002 Joe Dey Award, given annually by the USGA to recognize meritorious service to the game.