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Name: - George Fazio
Country: - USA
Lived : - [1912-86]. Born Nov 12, 1912 in Norristown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Died June 6 1986 in Jupiter, Florida, aged 73.
Original Home/Club: - Philadelphia, Penn.
Occupation: - Professional golfer, club pro, course architect.
Turned Pro: - early-1930s

Roll of Honour

Total of eight professional wins, including two PGA Tour wins. Came third in 1950 U.S. Open, losing in a playoff to Ben Hogan and second-placed Lloyd Mangrum.

Golf course design

After his career as a professional golfer, George Fazio became a well-known golf course architect, usually designing with his nephew Tom Fazio and course designer Lou Cappelli. George Fazio's best known work includes, but is not limited to:

UNITED STATES: Aronimink (Penn, modifications); Bel-Air CC (Calif, modifications); Butler Natl (IL, with Tom Fazio); Columbia CC (MD, modifications with Tom Fazio); Edgewood-Tahoe (Calif, with Tom Fazio); Hershey CC, West course (Penn); Inverness Club (Ohio, redesign with Tom Fazio); Jupiter Hills Club, Hills & Village courses (FL, with Tom Fazio); Palmetto Dunes, Fazio course (SC); PGA Natl, Fazio course (FL, with Tom Fazio); Turtle Bay, Fazio course (Hawaii).

OUTSIDE UNITED STATES: National GC of Canada (Ont, with Tom Fazio); La Querce (Italy, with nephew Jim Fazio); Mahogany Run (U.S. Virgin Islands, with Tom Fazio); Rio Mar, Ocean course (Puerto Rico, with Tom Fazio); .

Did you know?

George Fazio is a member of a distinguished family of course designers, which includes his nephews Tom and Jim Fazio, and Jim's son Tom Fazio II (also known as Tommy). George became a successful professional golfer, with two PGA Tour wins to his name, career earnings of more than $50,000, and a third place finish in the 1950 U.S. Open, won by Ben Hogan.

Like most golfers of his generation, Fazio was also a club pro during his touring years. During the 1940s, he was head pro at Hillcrest CC in Los Angeles, where many of Hollywood's celebrities played. After his playing days, Fazio became a well-respected golf course architect, often working with his nephew Tom Fazio and course designer Lou Cappelli. Between them they built many notable golf courses, that often incorporated clover-leaf and butterfly-shaped bunkers.

Top tournaments won by George Fazio

1947Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach213 (-3)$1,625
Played as the Bing Crosby Pro-Am (Jan 11-13; 54-hole event). Third-placed Lloyd Mangrum (USA) and Sam Snead (USA) finished 3 shots behind Ed Furgol (USA) and George Fazio (USA), who tied for first place. There was no sudden-death playoff in those days. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula CC].
1946Men AmericaCanadian OpenBeaconsfield GC, Que.278 (-6)$2,000
Played as the Canadian Open. Fazio (USA) beat Dick Metz (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Fazio 70, Metz 71). [Beaconsfield GC, Pointe-Claire, Québec].


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