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Tony Lema
Original name: Anthony David Lema
Birth: Feb. 25, 1934
Oakland
Alameda County
California, USA
Death: Jul. 24, 1966
Lansing
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Professional Golfer. Born in Oakland, California, he was noted as one of the most promising prospects in the beginning of golf's modern era. He began playing golf as a youth and after serving in the US Marine Corps, he obtained work as an assistant to the club professional at a San Francisco golf club. By 1957, he developed his skills enough to qualify for the PGA Tour and won the Imperial Valley Open. Form 1962 to 1966, he was the top golfer with twelve PGA Tour wins to include the Sahara Invitational (1962), Memphis Open (1963), British Open Championship (1964), Buick Open (1965) and Oklahoma Open (1966). He also was a winner of the World Series of Golf (1964) and the Open Championship (1964). At age 32 his career cut short in an aircraft accident near Lansing, Illinois. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Parents:
  Antone Harry Lema (1899 - 1937)
  Clothilda Silva Lema (1910 - 2000)
 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth R Cline Lema (1936 - 1966)*
 
 Sibling:
  Harry Joseph Lema (1930 - 2013)*
  Tony Lema (1934 - 1966)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Hayward
Alameda County
California, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Aug 15, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 11780
Tony Lema
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angel day to you and your wife Betty and unborn child that also died in the plane crash.
- Tom Jones
 Added: Jul. 24, 2016

- bob tarte
 Added: Jul. 24, 2016
Tony, You were one of the best! Your iron play I found verrry impressive. You were a nice guy as well. Very friendly with the fans. I wish I could have seen you driving golf balls off the roof of the St. Paul Hotel during one of the St. Paul Open's you pl...(Read more)
- Steve Mader
 Added: Jan. 26, 2016
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