Turnesa Passes at Age 87


One of the great amateur champions in the history of golf, William P. Willie Turnesa passed away on Saturday, June 16th at the age of 87.
The youngest of seven well-known golfing brothers ' and the only to retain his amateur status, Turnesa had been suffering a long bout of Alzheimers disease in his home state of New York.
Turnesas resume in the game ran deep, as he successfully captured two U.S. Amateurs (38 and 48) and the 47 British Amateur. He was a member of three winning Walker Cup teams and over time had acquired the nickname Willie the Wedge, for his outstanding bunker play.
He had served as president of both the Metropolitan and New York State Golf Association, and was a former member of the USGA Nominating Committee.
He quietly passed in Elmsford, N.Y., and is survived by four children, seven grandchildren and a sister.
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