Mike Turnesa

Mike Turnesa was another of the famed Turnesa family who’s life and career revolved around golf. Turnesa's first job in golf came in the pro shop at the Metropolis Country Club. He then became assistant professional at Inwood in the late 1920s before being named "playing professional" representing Fairview in 1931. Mike continued to play the tour circuit for more than 18 years, winning six times, before settling down at Knollwood Country Club. He won the 1933 and 1941 Westchester Opens, and the 1949 Metropolitan PGA at Ardsley. He is certainly best known for having finished second to Ben Hogan in both the 1948 PGA Championship and the 1942 Hale America Tournament, the war-time substitute for the U.S. Open. Mike also played in the inaugural Masters Tournament in 1934 along with his brother Joe. Mike Turnesa was the 1963 Met PGA Professional of the Year and the 1986 Sam Snead Award recipient. Turnesa's son, Michael is a professional at Rockville Links (where Joe Turnesa also served) while his grandson, Marc Turnesa, has won on the Nationwide Tour and the PGA Tour.

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