Giles Gets US Senior Open Spot


FAR HILLS, N.J. - Vinny Giles has accepted a special exemption from qualifying for the 2003 U.S. Senior Open June 26-29.
Giles, 59, of Richmond, Va., is a four-time Walker Cup squad member and the 1972 U.S. Amateur champio. He has played in two U.S. Opens and was the low amateur in 1973. He has qualified for six U.S. Senior Opens (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998) and was the low amateur three times. He has also been the low amateur at two British Senior Opens.
'This is really exciting to have the chance to play in another Senior Open,' said Giles. 'Right now, I'm playing well. I hope my game stays there until June and July.'
A career amateur, Giles was the runner-up at three consecutive U.S. Amateurs, in 1967, 1968 and 1969 (when the championship was contested entirely in stroke play). He also won the British Amateur in 1975 as well as numerous other prestigious amateur events.
Giles, who runs a golf management firm, holds an 8-2-5 mark in the four Walker Cup Matches he played in -- 1969, 1971, 1973 and 1975. The US won three of those four Matches. He also was captain of the victorious 1993 US Walker Cup squad. Giles also played on three US squads that won consecutive World Amateur Team championships -- in 1968, 1970 and 1972.
He was the medalist at the 2000 USGA Senior Amateur Championship and he was a quarterfinalist in 2002. He was a three-time All-American at the University of Georgia and won the Virginia State Golf Association Player of the Year Award in 1990 and 1992. Giles is a member of the University of Georgia and Virginia State Halls of Fame.