Vance Heafner

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Vance Heafner
Personal information
Full nameClayton Vance Heafner
Born(1954-08-11)August 11, 1954
Charlotte, North Carolina
DiedSeptember 26, 2012(2012-09-26) (aged 58)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality United States
CollegeNorth Carolina State University
Turned professional1978
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins2
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT45: 1978
U.S. OpenT52: 1993
The Open ChampionshipDNP
PGA ChampionshipT11: 1981

Clayton Vance Heafner Jr. (August 11, 1954 – September 26, 2012)[1] was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour, the Nationwide Tour and the Champions Tour. He was the son of professional golfer Clayton Heafner.

Heafner was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He attended North Carolina State University and was a three-time All-American member of the golf team. Heafner played on the 1977 Walker Cup team, winning all three of his matches to help lead the U.S. to victory, and turned professional in 1978.

Heafner played in 266 events on the PGA Tour from 1978–1988, making the cut 157 times. He had 20 top-10 finishes including a win at the 1981 Walt Disney World National Team Championship with playing partner Mike Holland.

Heafner played some on the Nationwide Tour toward the end of his regular career years. His best finish in that venue is a T-14 at the 1994 NIKE Carolina Classic. After reaching the age of 50 in August 2004, he began to play on the Champions Tour in selected events. His best finish was a T-34 at the 2006 SAS Championship.

Heafner resided in North Carolina; he was Director of Golf at the Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, and most recently a teaching pro at Wildwood Golf Club in Raleigh.

Amateur wins[edit]

Professional wins (2)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

Year Tournament Runners-up
1981 Walt Disney World National Team Championship
(with United StatesMike Holland)
United States Chip Beck & United States Rex Caldwell

Other wins (1)[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993
Masters Tournament T45
PGA Championship T11 T54 T47 CUT

Note: Heafner never played in The Open Championship.

  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

U.S. national team appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Alexander, Chip (September 26, 2012). "Heafner, three-time NCSU golf All-America, dies at 58". The News & Observer. Archived from the original on September 28, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2012.

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