Name:Anthony David "Tony" Lema
Also known as:Champagne Tony
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.
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].
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].
Played as the Thunderbird Classic. Second-placed Mike Souchak (USA) finished 1 shot behind Lema (USA). [Westchester CC, Rye, NY].
The Open Championship (93rd) (July 8-10). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 5 shots behind Lema (USA). [The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].
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].
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].
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].
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].
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].
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].
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].
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].
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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