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Jim Turnesa

Jim Turnesa (Golf.  Born, Elmsford, NY, Dec. 9, 1912; died, Elmsford, NY, Aug. 27, 1971.)  Second-youngest of the seven golfing Turnesa brothers, James turned pro in 1931, was runner-up in the 1942 P.G.A. championship, and won the P.G.A. in 1952.  He lost the 1942 P.G.A. final, 2 and 1, to Sam Snead.  Turnesa won in […]

Paul Runyon

Paul Runyon (Golf.  Born, Hot Springs, AR, July 12, 1908; died, Palm Springs, CA, Mar. 17, 2002.)  Considered among the best ever with irons and the putter, Paul Scott Runyon became a major golf figure in the 1930s.  Runyon began as a protégé of Craig Wood, turned pro in 1922, and won over 50 tournaments […]

Hal Sharkey

Hal Sharkey (Sports editor.  Born, Plainfield, NJ, June 2, 1895; died, Montclair, NJ, Mar, 27, 1939.)  A golf writer who is considered at least partly responsible for laying the foundation for the modern P.G.A. Tour, Harold S. Sharkey was also sports editor of the Newark (N.J.) Evening News from 1933 until his death.  Sharkey started […]

Gene Sarazen

Gene Sarazen (Golf.  Born, Harrison, NY, Feb. 27, 1902; died, Naples, FL, May 13, 1999.)  One of the true legends of golf, Eugene Sarazen first hit the scene when, at the age of 20 years and four months, he won the 1922 U.S. Open.  He also captured the P.G.A. title in 1922 and 1923, but then […]

Red Hoffman

Red Hoffman (Sportswriter.  Born, Minneapolis, MN, Aug. 12, 1918; died, Plainfield, NJ, May 21, 2005.)  The leading New Jersey golf expert for more than a half-century, Arthur Kyle Hoffman started at the Newark Evening News, then the largest newspaper in the state, in November 1946.  Hoffman remained with the News until it closed Aug. 30, […]

Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus (Golf.  Born, Columbus, OH, Jan. 21, 1940.)  Winner of more major tournaments than any other golfer in history, “the Golden Bear” captured 20 major titles, with two of his most dramatic victories coming in U.S. Opens at Baltusrol in Springfield, N.J., in 1967 and 1980.  Jack William Nicklaus also won the Open in […]

Bob Harlow

Bob Harlow (Golf.  Born, Newburyport, MA, Oct. 21, 1899; died, Pinehurst, NC, Nov. 15, 1954.)  Robert E. Harlow was a sportswriter who left the Herald Tribune in 1947 to found Golf World Newsweekly magazine.  Harlow was a Penn graduate who had a long history in golf, starting in 1921 when he began managing pro golfers, […]

Paul Hahn

Paul Hahn (Golf.  Born, Charleston, SC, June 12, 1918; died, Lake Worth, FL, Mar. 3, 1976.)  The most famous trick shot artist in golf, Paul Hahn started his act in 1949 after three mediocre years on the P.G.A. tour.  Hahn continued to perform regular exhibitions until 1975 even after open heart surgery (1974).  He was […]

Walter Hagen

Walter Hagen (Golf.  Born, Rochester, NY, Dec. 21, 1892; died, Traverse City, MI, Oct. 5, 1969.)  A flamboyant personality and skilled player, Walter Hagen was the best-known U.S. golfer of the 1920s and had a large role in popularizing the game.  Hagen won 40 pro tournaments, including 17 majors, before he retired from regular competition […]

Vic Ghezzi

Vic Ghezzi (Golf.  Born, Rumson, NJ, Oct. 19, 1911; died, Miami Beach, FL, May 30, 1976.)  Although he subsequently played out of Kansas City, Mo., and Florida, Victor Ghezzi began his career as a tournament player and club pro in his native New Jersey.  Ghezzi, though in military service, won the New Jersey Open in […]

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