Name:James R. "Jim" Turnesa
Lived:[1912-1971]. Born on Dec 9, 1912 in New York City. Died on Aug 27, 1971 in Elmsford, New York (aged 58).
Original/Home Club:Elmsford, NY
Played as the inaugural Haig & Haig Scotch Mixed Foursome (two-person team event; one PGA Tr, one LPGA Tr; over 36-holes). Jim Turnesa (USA) & Gloria Armstrong (USA) beat Bob Goalby (USA) & Fay Crocker (Uruguay) at the third hole of a playoff. [Co-hosted by Pinecrest Lakes GC (now Pinecrest GC), Avon Park, FL and Harder Hall GC, Sebring, FL].
Played as the Metropolitan Open. (Sept 16-18; Metropolitan Golf Assoc event). Second-placed Shelley Mayfield (USA) finished 1 shot behind 46-year-old Jim Turnesa (USA). [Woodmere Club, Woodmere, Long Island, NY].
PGA of America
The US PGA Championship (34th) (June 18-25). Turnesa (USA) beat Chick Harbert (USA) 1-up in the 36-hole final. This was the only major championship won by Jim Turnesa and his six golfing brothers, five of whom were also touring professionals. [Big Spring CC, Louisville, Kentucky].
Played as the Reading Open (Sept 20-23). Second-placed Jack Burke Jr (USA) finished 3 shots behind 38-year-old Jim Turnesa (USA), who recorded his first PGA Tour win. [Berkleigh GC, Kutztown, Pennsylvania; at the time Berkleigh CC].
Played as the North & South Open (Nov 4-6). Second-placed George Schoux (USA) finished 6 shots behind Jim Turnesa (USA). [No.2 Course, Pinehurst Resort, North Carolina].
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