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Craig Wood

Craig Wood (Golf.  Born, Lake Placid, NY, Nov. 18, 1901; died, Palm Beach, FL, May 8, 1968.)  Head pro at Winged Foot for many years, Craig Ralph Wood was also an outstanding tour golfer who won 34 P.G.A. tournaments.  Wood had his most impressive victories in 1940-42.  He won the Metropolitan Open at Forest Hill […]

Willie Turnesa

Willie Turnesa (Golf.  Born, Elmsford, NY, Jan. 29, 1914; died, Sleepy Hollow, NY, June 16, 2001.)  An outstanding golfer from a family of outstanding golfers, William Peter Turnesa had six older brothers who played the game professionally.  He was the only one who never turned pro, but “Willie the Wedge” was an outstanding amateur before […]

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 […]

Harold Sanderson

Harold Sanderson (Golf.  Born, Walton-on-Thames, Eng., Jan. 17, 1903; died, Roanoke, VA, Dec. 31, 2003.)  A one-time touring pro, Harold Sanderson was a long-time club professional in the New York area.  Sanderson was the head pro at Briarwood Lodge and Sleepy Hollow in Westchester in the 1920s, ran the pro shop at the Hollywood Golf Club […]

Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones (Golf.  Born, Atlanta, GA, Mar. 17, 1902; died, Atlanta, GA, Dec. 18, 1971.)  Robert Tyre Jones, Jr., was the golf equivalent of Babe Ruth, Bill Tilden and Jack Dempsey during America’s “Golden Age of Sports” in the 1920s and 1930s.  Bobby Jones was also the first man ever to win golf s “Grand […]

Bill Jennings

Bill Jennings (Hockey, golf.  Born, New York, NY, Dec. 14, 1920; died, Byram, CT, Aug. 17, 1981.)  Distinguished by steel-gray hair and a suave demeanor, William Mitchell Jennings was the legal mastermind behind the acquisition of the controlling interest in Madison Square Garden by Graham-Paige Corp. from James D. Norris in 1960.  Jennings later served as […]

John Jackson

John Jackson (Golf.  Born, Middletown, NY, Feb. 12, 1880; died, New York, NY, Apr. 27, 1959.)  A Columbia varsity golfer (1899-1901) who became a prominent attorney, John G. Jackson also served as president of the U.S. Golf Association (1936-37).  Jackson was also president of the New York State Bar Association and a Life Trustee of […]

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