Who's who: Tony Lema

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  • Photo of Tony Lema
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  • Photo of Tony Lema

Who's who: Tony Lema

  • Name:

    Anthony David "Tony" Lema
  • Also known as:

    Champagne Tony
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1934-1966]. Born on Feb 25, 1934 in Oakland, California. Died on July 24, 1966 in Lansing, Illinois (aged 32).
  • Original/Home Club:

    Lake Chabot GC, nr Oakland, CA.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1955

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): The Open (1964). Ryder Cup player (1963, '65).

Did you know?

Tony Lema and his wife were tragically killed in a plane crash in 1966.

Top tournaments won by Tony Lema

1965
America
Warwick Hills
280 (-8)
$20,000
Buick

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lema, Tony

Venue

Warwick Hills

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

Buick

Played as the Buick Open Invitational (June 3-6). Second-placed Johnny Pott (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Tony Lema (USA), who recorded his tenth PGA Tour win. [Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan].

1964
America
138 (-2)
$50,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lema, Tony

Score

138 (-2)

Prize money

$50,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the World Series of Golf (Sept 12/13; unofficial four-man 36-hole exhibition event for the season's four major championship winners). First (on 138): Tony Lema (USA; British Open). Second (143): Ken Venturi (USA; US Open). Third (147): Bobby Nichols (USA; US PGA). Fourth (148): Arnold Palmer (USA; Masters). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lema, Tony

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Thunderbird Classic. Second-placed Mike Souchak (USA) finished 1 shot behind Lema (USA). [Westchester CC, Rye, NY].

1964
Majors
279 (-9)
£1,500
R&A

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Lema, Tony

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

£1,500

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (93rd) (July 8-10). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 5 shots behind Lema (USA). [The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].

1964
America
Warwick Hills
277 (-11)
$8,000
Buick

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lema, Tony

Venue

Warwick Hills

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$8,000

Title sponsor

Buick

Played as the Buick Open Invitational (June 11-14). Second-placed Dow Finsterwald (USA) finished 1 shot behind Tony Lema (USA). This was the second of four PGA Tour wins recorded by Lema in the space of a hugely successful six weeks on the Tour. [Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan].

1964
America
284 (-4)
$5,800
Bing Crosby

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lema, Tony

Score

284 (-4)

Prize money

$5,800

Title sponsor

Bing Crosby

Played as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am (Jan 16-19). Second-placed Gay Brewer (USA) and Bo Wininger (USA) finished 3 shots behind Lema (USA), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour win. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula CC].

1964
America
Highland Park, OH
270 (-14)
$20,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lema, Tony

Venue

Highland Park, OH

Score

270 (-14)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Cleveland Open (June 25-28). Tony Lema (USA) beat defending champion Arnold Palmer (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Highland Park GC, Highland Hills, nr Cleveland, OH].

1963
America
Colonial CC, Tenn
270 (-10)
$9,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lema, Tony

Venue

Colonial CC, Tenn

Score

270 (-10)

Prize money

$9,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Memphis Open Invitational (May 24-27). Lema (USA) beat Tommy Aaron (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Colonial CC, White Station, Memphis, TN. Club relocated to Cordova, nr Memphis in 1972].

1962
America
La Hacienda GC
281
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lema, Tony

Venue

La Hacienda GC

Score

281

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Mexican Open (Abierto Mexicano de Golf). Jackson Bradley (USA) finished in second place behind defending champion Lema (USA). [GC La Hacienda, Ciudad López Mateos, nr Mexico City].

1962
America
Mesa Verde CC
267 (-17)
$2,800
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lema, Tony

Venue

Mesa Verde CC

Score

267 (-17)

Prize money

$2,800

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Orange County Invitational (Oct 25-28). Tony Lema (USA) beat Bob Rosburg (USA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole, to claim his second PGA Tour title. [Mesa Verde CC, Costa Mesa, nr Newport Beach, CA].

1962
America
Paradise Valley CC
270 (-14)
$2,800
Sahara Hotel

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lema, Tony

Venue

Paradise Valley CC

Score

270 (-14)

Prize money

$2,800

Title sponsor

Sahara Hotel

Played as the Sahara Invitational (Sept 27-30; first year as an official PGA Tour event). Second-placed Don January (USA) finished 3 shots behind 28-year-old Tony Lema (USA), who recorded his first PGA Tour win. [Paradise Valley CC, Henderson, NV; now called Wildhorse GC].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lema, Tony

Score

280

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Mexican Open (Abierto Mexicano de Golf). Antonio Cerda (Arg) finished in second place behind Lema (USA). [Club de Golf Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico].

1961
America
Hesperia G&CC
138 (-6)
$1,200
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lema, Tony

Venue

Hesperia G&CC

Score

138 (-6)

Prize money

$1,200

Title sponsor

x

Played as the (last) Hesperia Open Invitational (Oct 8; unofficial one-day 36-hole money event). Second-placed Jerry Steelsmith (USA) finished 3 shots behind Tony Lema (USA). [Hesperia G&CC, Hesperia, CA].

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