Former PGA Tour winner Heafner, 58, dies

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Vance Heafner, a former PGA Tour winner perhaps best known for an outstanding college and amateur career, died Wednesday, according to The News & Observer newspaper. He was 58. A cause of death was not disclosed.

Heafner, a Charlotte native who grew up in Cary, was a three-time All-American at North Carolina State in the mid-1970s. His stellar amateur record included victories in the North Carolina Amateur, Carolinas Open, Porter Cup and Eastern Amateur. He played on the victorious 1977 U.S. Walker Cup team, posting a 3-0 record.

Heafner made 258 starts on the PGA Tour from 1978 to '88, winning the 1981 Walt Disney World National Team Championship with playing partner Mike Holland.

Heafner's late father, Clayton, was a seven-time Tour champion and two-time runner-up in the U.S. Open who distinguished himself on two winning Ryder Cup teams.

Vance Heafner had played occasionally on the Champions Tour and was director of golf at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. In recent years, he had been in poor health after a serious fall, according to the News & Observer, but had been teaching at Wildwood Green Golf Club in Raleigh.

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