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 Tony Lema

Tony Lema

Original Name Anthony David
Birth
Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Death 24 Jul 1966 (aged 32)
Lansing, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Hayward, Alameda County, California, USA
Memorial ID 11780 · View Source
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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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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 15 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11780
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tony Lema (25 Feb 1934–24 Jul 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11780, citing Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, Alameda County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .