Tenacious and fiercely competitive, Lanny Wadkins has always been supremely confident in his abilities on the golf course. With a quick pace of play, Wadkins won 21 PGA TOUR events including the 1977 PGA Championship.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Wadkins showed marvelous ability as a junior golfer. Attending Wake Forest University on an Arnold Palmer Scholarship, he proved to be one of the finest amateurs of the day. He played on the Walker Cup Teams of 1969 and 1971 and on the World Amateur Team in 1970.
In the years that the U.S. Amateur was played at all stroke play (1965-1972), Wadkins set the all-time record of 279 with his win by one over Tom Kite at Waverley Country Club in Portland. It was a portent of great things to come.