Felice Torza

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Felice Torza
Personal information
Full name Felice Joseph Torza
Born (1920-03-15)March 15, 1920
Naples, Italy
Died December 23, 1983(1983-12-23) (aged 63)
Nationality  United States
Status Professional
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 5
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T29: 1953
U.S. Open T24: 1952
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship 2nd: 1953

Felice Joseph Torza (March 15, 1920 – December 23, 1983) was an American professional golfer who played in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.


Torza was born in Naples, Italy, on March 15, 1920.[1] Like most of the golfers of his generation, he earned his living primarily as a club professional during his regular career years. Torza worked as the head club pro at the Aurora Country Club in Aurora, Illinois for 28 years.[2][3]

Torza was the runner-up in the 1953 PGA Championship. He was defeated by Walter Burkemo (2 and 1) in the match play era.[4]

Torza was nicknamed Toy Tiger[5] by his fellow golfers due to his fiercely competitive nature and diminutive stature.

Torza was inducted into the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame in 1965.[6] He was awarded the Illinois PGA Professional of the Year award in 1968.[2]

He died on December 23, 1983.

Professional wins[edit]


  1. ^ Burrill, Jack (10 August 1996). "Connecticut connections to the PGA Championship". CT Golfer. Retrieved 14 September 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "A History of the Aurora Country Club". Retrieved 14 September 2007. 
  3. ^ "President's news from Aurora Country Club". Retrieved 14 September 2007. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Time Scoreboard". Time, Inc. 20 July 1953. Retrieved 14 September 2007. 
  5. ^ Harrington, Jeff. "Fenton Farms Evolves From Its Colorful Past". Michigan Golfer. Retrieved 14 September 2007. 
  6. ^ CT Golf Hall of Fame Members Archived December 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.