Randall Vines

Randall Vines (born 6 June 1945)[1] is an Australian professional golfer.

Randall Vines
Personal information
Born (1945-06-06) 6 June 1945 (age 74)
Nationality Australia
PartnerRobyn
Career
Turned professional1966
Current tour(s)PGA Tour of Australia
European Seniors Tour
Professional wins16
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour of Australasia3
Other12
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open ChampionshipT25: 1971

Amateur careerEdit

Vines is from Brisbane, Australia. He had some success as an amateur, winning the 1963 Queensland Junior Golf Tournament.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Vines turned professional in 1966.[1] He began his career playing pro-ams in northern Queensland. His first victory was an event at Cairns.[3] Although he spent most of his career in Australia his first great successes were in Europe. Early in the 1967 season he finished runner-up at the Spanish Open. In the summer, he held the lead after the first round of the Open Championship qualifier.[4] He went on to qualify for the event.[5] Later in the year he played excellently at two tournaments in Switzerland. He held lead entering the final round of the Engadine Open in September and, though overtaken by Graham Henning, would still finish solo second.[6] This success culminated in a victory at the Swiss Open. Aided by a hole-in-one in the final round, Vines shot 272 (−20) to win by two over Guy Wolstenholme.[7]

Vines soon returned down under to play on the Australian circuit. In late January he played excellently at the Wagga City Open, nearly overcoming Walter Godfrey's four shot overnight lead. He finished second at −10, two back.[8] The following week he recorded an astonishing performance at the Tasmanian Open, winning the tournament by 17 strokes.[9] It was later noted by an Australian journalist that his performance stood "as the biggest victory margin in a tournament in the world."[10] The experience in Tasmania was personally important to Vines as well, as he had his honeymoon with his newlywed wife Robin while on the island. She served as his caddie during the tournament.[9]

Following the victory, Vines moved onto the Asia Golf Circuit. He quickly won a tournament in March, the Thailand Open. Vines thought he blew his chances with a final round 75 (+3) but leader Haruo Yasuda made double-bogey on the last giving Vines a one-stroke win.[11] Vines won again the very next week at the Hong Kong Open.[12] Two weeks later Vines also had a chance to win the last event of the circuit's 1968 schedule, the Yomiuri International. Tied for the lead Chen Ching-Po and Tomoo Ishii at the beginning of the final round, Vines had "trouble mastering the difficult windy conditions" and shot a disappointing 76 (+4). He still finished solo third in the event and second on the circuit's Order of Merit.[13] Like the previous year Vines again played in Switzerland and record excellent results. This time he won the Engadine Open[14] and nearly defended his 1967 Swiss Open title, losing to Italy's Roberto Bernardini in a playoff.

After all of this success, Vines had a lengthy dry spell. He recorded runner-up finishes at the 1968 Caltex Tournament,[15] 1969 Tasmanian Open,[16] 1970 North Coast Open,[17] 1971 West End Tournament,[18] and 1971 North Coast Open.[19] However, other than at the Tasmanian Open, where he lost to Alan Murray by a shot, he never came particularly close to winning. He thought about quitting golf. He cited poor play, constant travel, and low pay.[20] This period ended at the 1972 Australian PGA Championship.[21] Vines outplayed playing partner Bill Dunk over the course of the final round to beat his own expectations and win by two shots. "It's the best golf I've played my entire life," he said.[22]

Vines' played excellently through 1973. Once again he played well at the Tasmanian Open, finishing runner-up to Stewart Ginn. In September, he finished runner-up at the West End Tournament, nearly overcoming overnight leader David Galloway.[23] Shortly afterwards, he won an event in his home state, the Queensland PGA Championship. Soon afterwards, he played in the Australian PGA Championship. Like the previous year, he again played excellently at the event, now contested as a match play event. Vines won his first five matches and played Stewart Ginn in the final. The match was neck and neck until Ginn made mistakes on the 16th and 17th ensuring Vines' victory. Vines shot −25 for the event. "I feel like I've won six tournaments," he stated at the end of the event. "Every match was a hard one."[24] He also won the Cairns Open at the very end of the calendar year.[25] This excellent play helped him qualify for the 1973 World Cup.[26] Vines played well, finishing in a tie for fifth among 96 players, right behind Jack Nicklaus who tied for third.[27]

Vines continued to have some success through the mid-1970s. He won a 54-hole tournament at Mount Isa in 1975 and finished second at the 1976 Forbes tournament.[25] However, his best play during the era was at the Queanbeyan City Open in March of 1976.[25] Vines shot an extraordinary second round of 62 which included a 28 (−7) on the back nine. His back nine started with a chip-in eagle on the 10th and then a hole out from the fairway two holes later for another eagle. This was followed by three straight birdies. If it weren't for near misses on the 16th and 17th holes he could have shot 26. Nonetheless, Vines was very happy after the round stating it was the best nine holes of his career. It was the first time he had broken 30 and "gave him almost as big a thrill as his 1968 Tasmanian Open victory by 17 shots."[10] Despite this excellent play he was still one behind pro Mark Tapper[28] and remained one behind him entering the final round.[25] Tapper, however, played poorly the entire round, presaged by a bogey on the opening hole. Vines took advantage of his poor play. Though he drove the ball extremely erratically, Vines hit extraordinary approaches from the rough or behind trees and even the wrong fairway. This enabled him to make a number of birdies and he ultimately cruised to a four shot win.[25] Later in the season, he won the Queensland PGA Championship for the second time.

Vines continued to have some success in the late 1970s. In November 1976, with a 64 (−8), he broke the course record at Victoria Golf Club during the third round of the Colgate Champion of Champions.[29] This moved him within striking distance of the lead. However he shot a disappointing 74 in the final round to end up tied for thirteenth place with Rodger Davis and Tom Watson.[30] The following year he attempted to defend his Queanbeyan City Open championship. After a very erratic opening round 71 (+1), which included a quadruple bogey on the 15th hole,[31] he fired a second round 65 to get into contention.[32] After third round 74 he shot a final round 67 to finish in a tie for fourth.[32] His final round score was the best of the day.[33] Later in the year he recorded his best finish at the Australian Open, a tie for 8th.[34] In February 1978, he played excellently at the Griffith Golf Classic. Vines opened with a 66 (−5) to take the solo lead. He struggled down the stretch, however, with a final round 72 (+1) to fall into a tie with Ian Stanley. In a "tense" sudden death playoff Stanley missed several makable putts to win and then, on the 5th playoff hole, bogeyed giving Vines the victory.[35]

Shortly afterwards, Vines' career went downhill. He stated later in life that he "went cold" during this period and lost confidence.[36]

As a senior, however, Vines had some success. Vines turned 50 in the middle of 1995 and quickly started playing on the European Seniors Tour. He had immediate success, recording a runner-up finish at his fifth event[37] and finished 25th on the Order of Merit, despite playing a truncated season.[1] The following year, his first full year on the senior tour, he continued with this success, recording three top-10s including a runner-up finish at the Motor City Seniors Classic.[1] He finished 16th on the Order of Merit, his career best.[1] The following season, he recorded two more top-10s but finished much further down the Order of Merit.[1] He maintained at least part-time status on the European Seniors Tour for three more seasons but with little success.[1] He also played senior events in Asia and Australia.[38][39] He finished runner-up at the 2005 Asian Senior Masters to countryman Stewart Ginn, the same man he beat at the 1973 Australian PGA Championship, one of his greatest triumphs.[38] Two years later he won the New Zealand Senior PGA Championship. He has said this was the highlight of his senior career.[36]

In 2015, he was bestowed Life Membership in the Australian PGA.[40]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1968, Vines married Robyn.[9] As of 1972, he lived in Surfers Paradise.[20]

Professional wins (16)Edit

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (3)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 11 Nov 1973 Australian PGA Championship 2 & 1   Stewart Ginn
2 29 Feb 1976 Queanbeyan City Open −11 (71-62-68-68=269) 4 strokes   Mark Tapper
3 26 Feb 1978 Griffith Golf Classic −4 (66-71-71-72=280) Playoff   Ian Stanley

PGA Tour of Australasia playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1978 Griffith Golf Classic   Ian Stanley Won with par on fifth extra hole

Sources:[20] [21] [22] [25] [41]

Other Australian wins (7)Edit

European wins (3)Edit

Asia Golf Circuit wins (2)Edit

Senior wins (1)Edit

  • 2007-2008 season: New Zealand Senior PGA Championship[36]

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972
The Open Championship CUT CUT T25 CUT

Note: Vines only played in the Open Championship

  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1972 Open Championship)
"T" = tied

Team appearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Queensland's First Junior Golf Team". The Brisbane Golf Club. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b Tucker, Jim (6 February 2012). "Memories, plus four or more champions". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Clear lead to Vines". The Canberra Times. 8 July 1967. p. 30. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Previous Opens - 96th Open Royal Liverpool 1967". The Open. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  6. ^ "G. Henning's 265 in Engadine". The Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Vines wins". The Canberra Times. 4 September 1967. p. 13. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Putting mistakes did not worry Godfrey". The Sydney Morning Herald. 30 January 1968. p. 16.
  9. ^ a b c d "Vines 17 ahead". The Canberra Times. 5 February 1968. p. 12. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Vines seven-under par on back nine". The Canberra Times. 28 February 1976. p. 38. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Thai golf title to Vines". The Canberra Times. 18 March 1968. p. 12. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Vines up in the money". The Canberra Times. 26 March 1968. p. 20. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Rivals crack up and Chen is champion". The Straits Times. Singapore. 8 April 1968. p. 21. Retrieved 13 March 2020 – via National Library Board.
  14. ^ a b "Swiss tourney to Australia". The Age. 26 August 1968. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Final 62 wins for Charles". The Age. 9 December 1968. p. 22.
  16. ^ "Murray wins Open golf". Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995). 3 February 1969. p. 13. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  17. ^ "Dunks 51st record". The Age. 23 November 1970. p. 25.
  18. ^ "West End to Godfrey". Victor Harbour Times. 59 (2582). South Australia. 1 October 1971. p. 8. Retrieved 10 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  19. ^ "Dunk 'hot' in 19 under Open win". The Sydney Morning Herald. 11 October 1971. p. 16.
  20. ^ a b c "New "life" for Vines". The Age. 2 October 1972. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  21. ^ a b "Vines' PGA win breaks "drought"". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 October 1972. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  22. ^ a b c "Vines Takes P.G.A. Title From Dunk". The Canberra Times. 2 October 1972. p. 12. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  23. ^ "West End $7,000 to young pro". Victor Harbour Times. 61 (2683). South Australia. 27 September 1973. p. 4. Retrieved 10 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
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  25. ^ a b c d e f g h "Vines takes golf despite errors". The Canberra Times. 1 March 1976. p. 14. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  26. ^ a b "Favourable golf draw for Australians". The Canberra Times. 21 November 1973. p. 34. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  27. ^ "US clinch Cup by 6 strokes". New Nation. 26 November 1973. p. 11. Retrieved 27 May 2020 – via National Library Board.
  28. ^ "Open golf scores". The Canberra Times. 28 February 1976. p. 34. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  29. ^ "Australian Golfer Ties Mark". The New York Times. 14 November 1976. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  30. ^ "Lye downs them". The Age. 15 November 1976. p. 36.
  31. ^ "Serhan leads in Queanbeyan golf". The Canberra Times. 11 March 1977. p. 18. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  32. ^ a b "Burgess wins golf". The Canberra Times. 14 March 1977. p. 18. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  33. ^ "Burgess will defend Queanbeyan title". The Canberra Times. 14 February 1978. p. 16. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  34. ^ "Australia's Greatest Golfer Jan Stephenson v Randall Vines". PGA of Australia. 15 April 2020. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  35. ^ "Vines wins at fifth extra hole". The Canberra Times. Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 27 February 1978. p. 15. Retrieved 11 February 2020 – via Trove.
  36. ^ a b c "Wisdom of Elders – Randall Vines". PGA of Australia. 12 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  37. ^ "Wins & Results – Randall Vines". European Tour. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  38. ^ a b "Randall Vines – player information". Asian Senior Masters. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  39. ^ "Seniors swing into city". The Chronicle. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  40. ^ "David Graham inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame". Australian Golf Digest. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  41. ^ "Vines wins at fifth extra hole". The Canberra Times. 27 February 1978. p. 15. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  42. ^ "Un trio de grande classe à l'Omnium de la Côte basque". Le Monde (in French). 9 September 1967. Retrieved 31 May 2020.