Who's who: Vic Ghezzi

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Who's who: Vic Ghezzi

  • Name:

    Victor J. Ghezzi
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1910-1976]. Born on Oct 19, 1910 in Rumson, New Jersey. Died on May 30, 1976 in Miami Beach, Florida (aged 65).
  • Original/Home Club:

    Deal G&CC, NJ
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1932

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): US PGA Championship (1941).

Did you know?

Ghezzi turned pro in 1932 and won his first tournament at Los Angeles CC in 1935, defeating John Revolta in an 18-hole playoff to win the Los Angeles Open. Ghezzi went on to win a total of 11 times on the PGA Tour. His victories included one major title: the 1941 PGA Championship, in which he defeated Byron Nelson in 38 holes in the final match. Ghezzi, was selected to play on three Ryder Cup teams (1939, 1941, and 1943), but each was cancelled due to the Second World War.

Top tournaments won by Vic Ghezzi

1948
America
Alcoma CC
271 (-17)
$2,600
Dapper Dan

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ghezzi, Vic

Venue

Alcoma CC

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

$2,600

Title sponsor

Dapper Dan

Played as the Dapper Dan Open (July 15-18; last played in 1939). Second-placed Jimmy Demaret (USA) finished 6 shots behind Vic Ghezzi (USA), who recorded the last of his 11 PGA Tour wins. [Alcoma CC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; now called 3 Lakes GC].

1947
America
Starmount Forest
286 (+2)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ghezzi, Vic

Venue

Starmount Forest

Score

286 (+2)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (March 20-23). Second-placed Frank Stranahan (USA, amateur) finished 2 shots behind Ghezzi (USA). [Starmount Forest CC, Greensboro, NC].

1941
Majors
38th hole
$1,100
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Ghezzi, Vic

Score

38th hole

Prize money

$1,100

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (24th) (July 7-13). Ghezzi (USA) beat Byron Nelson (USA) 1-up after 38 holes in the final. [Cherry Hills CC, Englewood, nr Denver, CO].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ghezzi, Vic

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the North & South Open (March 23-25). Second-placed Paul Runyan (USA) finished 6 shots behind Vic Ghezzi (USA). [No.2 Course, Pinehurst Resort, North Carolina].

1938
America
+17
$550
Hershey

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ghezzi, Vic

Score

+17

Prize money

$550

Title sponsor

Hershey

Played as the Hershey Four-Ball (Sept 1-4; 126-hole round-robin match play event with eight two-man teams. The teams scored +1 for each hole they won and -1 for each hole they lost during the seven rounds played). Second-placed Paul Runyan (USA) & Sam Snead (USA) finished 15 pts behind the winning team of Ben Hogan (USA) & Vic Ghezzi (USA), who won $550 each. Hogan & Ghezzi's medal score of 458 set a new record of 53-under-par for a seven round best-ball event. Hogan recorded his first win as a professional. [West Course, Hershey CC, Hershey, PA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ghezzi, Vic

Score

285 (+5)

Prize money

$1,075

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 11-15). Ghezzi (USA) beat Johnny Revolta (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Ghezzi 73, Revolta 75). Ghezzi and Revolta decided to evenly split the first and second place prize money. [Los Angeles CC, Los Angeles, CA].

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