Profession.  Bruce Matson practices law in Richmond, Virginia at the law firm of LeClairRyan. He also serves as Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel to Randolph Square IP, LLC, and RSIP Management, LLC

Bruce is a graduate of the College of William & Mary (B.A. - History/English) and of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary (J.D.).

Golf.  Bruce has been active in golf, serving as President of the Virginia State Golf Association, rating golf courses for Golfweek's Top 100, and writing golf history and architecture articles in various magazines as well as a regular column, “Great Holes”, in the Virginia Golfer.


Bruce has also published three books on golf history:

The History of Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club

Golf in the Commonwealth: A History of the Royal & Ancient Game in Virginia

Hermitage Country Club: A History of the First 100 Years


In 2018, Bruce hiked the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail.

In 2017, Bruce completed the Milford Track in New Zealand

In 2015 he hiked the Overland Track in Tasmania.

In April 2014, Bruce hiked the 800-kilometer, an ancient pilgrimage route in northern Spain known as the Camino de Santiago.

Personal.  Bruce lives in Richmond, Virginia and is most proud of "his three girls" - his wife Cheryl and their daughters Brooke & Amy.

Bruce Matson


Mr. Phil Young is considered by the golf architecture community as the premier historian of the life and work of AW Tillinghast. Here is a brief summary of some of this work:


  • Wrote the definitive biography of A.W. Tillinghast titled, Tillinghast: Creator of Golf Courses.

  • Served on the Board of Directors of the Tillinghast Association for more than a decade. While in this capacity, he served as the official Historian for the Association.

  • Has written several club histories of Tillinghast clubs and courses, as well as a number of articles for major golf journals and newspapers.

  • Has released a 460-page exhaustive compendium of letters, newspaper articles and other documents spanning Tilly’s life and career titled, Alfred Warren Tillinghast, A Timeline of His Life and Work, which he sends free of charge to anyone who desires a copy. To receive one, simply email him at

  • Has produced historical research and golf course architectural consultation for numerous Tillinghast courses. Two recent examples are Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Wissahickon course and Paramount Country Club on Long Island; both courses were listed by major golf magazines as Course Restorations of the Year.

  • Has provided historical research and design consultation for course restorations directly for numerous architects working on Tillinghast courses, with several of these projects currently underway.

  • Has provided historical research and made architectural recommendations for a number of major Tillinghast clubs to aid in their choosing who to design and oversee the master plan project to restore their Tillinghast-designed golf courses.

  • Has provided Master Plans for full-scale restoration of Tillinghast courses. An example of this is Southward Ho Country Club on Long Island, which is under way now.

  • Has provided behind-the-scenes course consultation including course adjustments and set-up for several major championships held on Tillinghast courses.

Phil Young


Founder of Friends of Belmont Golf Course.

An avid golfer and proponent for the preservation and restoration of historic Belmont Golf Course. A student of golf course architecture, AW Tillinghast and the history of “Old Hermitage”.

Partner, Outta Space Place, a multi-tenant facility for entrepreneurial, creative and start-up businesses and formerly, President of Colonial Printing, both in Richmond, VA.

Bert Clark


Melissa Knabe

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Great Granddaughter of AW Tillinghast.

A Charlottesville, VA-based television producer currently working on a video about AW Tillinghast that will be aired during the 2020 US Open at the Winged Foot West Course, certainly one of Tilly’s finest designs.   

Ms. Knabe is a student of Tilly’s multifaceted career and life. She is a strong proponent for the preservation and restoration of Belmont golf course.


Stuart Wolffe

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President, AW Tillinghast Association

Historian, Baltusrol Golf Club


The primary goal of the Tillinghast Association is to share the accumulated research and knowledge on A.W. Tillinghast -- his fascinating life, his remarkable golf courses, his charismatic and humorous writings, and his foundation principles to modern golf course design and construction.


The opportunity to save and restore any Tillinghast course is a rare opportunity, what makes Belmont extra-special is that it has also hosted the 1949 PGA Championship. This places it alongside numerous Tillinghast courses that have host major championships. For example, in 2019 the PGA Championship will be hosted at Bethpage Black and the 2020 US Open will be at Winged Foot West.


Belmont can become a jewel of American public golf! I like the concept of the addition of a putting course and short-game course where the game can be introduced and enjoyed by any-and-all.


In behalf of the Tillinghast Association, you have our full support in your efforts to restore Belmont Golf Course.


Vinny Giles

Vinny was born in Lynchburg, VA and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1966, where he was a three-time All American on the golf team. He also graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1969.


He is best known for finishing second in the U.S. Amateur three straight years, 1967-69, before winning in 1972; a British Amateur victory came in 1975. He has won numerous other amateur tournaments, including seven Virginia State Amateurs, as well as three Virginia Open titles.


He has played in 11 professional majors, making the cut in three-of-nine Masters appearances and made the cut in both US Open appearances. He was low amateur in the 1968 Masters (T-22) and in the 1973 US Open (17th). He was also low amateur in three US Senior Opens (1993, 1996, 1997)


Giles was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1976 and the Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame in 1984.


Golf Association Affiliations:

Giles served on the Executive Committee of the Virginia State Golf Association for over 20 years, and was Director of the Southern Golf Association for three years.


Professional Career:

For many years, Giles was the owner and president of a golf management firm which represented many PGA golf professionals including Tom Kite, Davis Love III, Lanny Wadkins, Beth Daniel, Meg Mallon and others.


A Wikipedia bio of Marvin M. "Vinny" Giles III can be found here.