Jim Turnesa was born in New York City. He was one of seven famous golfing brothers; Phil, Frank, Joe, Mike, Doug, Jim, and Willie. All but Willie turned professional and Jim was the only one to win a major, the 1952 PGA Championship, besting Chick Harbert 1 up at Big Spring CC in Louisville, Kentucky. He had previously lost to Sam Snead in the 1942 PGA Championship final. Jim Turnesa played in a total of 23 PGA Championships and 16 US Opens, his best showing being a 3rd place finish in 1948 at Riviera. He won one other PGA Tour event, the 1951 Reading Open. Turnesa played on the 1953 Ryder Cup team where he won his singles match in Wentworth, England against Peter Alliss. He also won the 1959 Met Open Championship, beating Shelley Mayfield by a stroke at Woodmere Club. Among his professional posts in the Met Section were stints at Briar Hall in Westchester and Mill River on Long Island.

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