|Full name||William P. Turnesa|
January 20, 1914|
Elmsford, New York
|Died||June 16, 2001
Sleepy Hollow, New York
|College||College of the Holy Cross|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||T26: 1939|
|U.S. Open||T40: 1941|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|U.S. Amateur||Won: 1938, 1948|
|British Amateur||Won: 1947|
William P. Turnesa (January 20, 1914 – June 16, 2001) was an American amateur golfer, best known for winning two U.S. Amateur titles and the British Amateur. He was one of seven famous golfing brothers; Phil (1896-1987), Frank (1898-1949), Joe (1901-1991), Mike (1907-2000), Doug (1909-1972), Jim (1912-1971), and Willie (1914-2001). Willie was the only brother not to turn professional.
Turnesa was born in Elmsford, New York and lived most of his life there. His older brothers forbade him to turn pro and pooled their money to send him to college. He graduated from Holy Cross in 1938 and won his first U.S. Amateur later that year at Oakmont Country Club.
Turnesa won the British Amateur in 1947 at Carnoustie Golf Links, beating fellow American Dick Chapman 3&2. He won his second U.S. Amateur in 1948 and was runner-up in the 1949 British Amateur, losing to Irishman Max McCready. He won numerous other amateur events, mostly in the New York area.
this list is incomplete
- 1933 Westchester Amateur
- 1936 Westchester Amateur
- 1937 Metropolitan Amateur, Westchester Amateur
- 1938 U.S. Amateur, Westchester Amateur, New York State Amateur
- 1943 Florida Open
- 1947 British Amateur
- 1948 U.S. Amateur
Amateur wins (3)
|1938||U.S. Amateur||8 & 7||Pat Abbott|
|1947||British Amateur||3 & 2||Dick Chapman|
|1948||U.S. Amateur||2 & 1||Raymond E. Billows|
Note: Turnesa never played in the British Open or PGA Championship.
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10
Source for The Masters: www.masters.com
Source for U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur: USGA Championship Database
Source for 1948 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 29, 1948, pg. 3.
Source for 1950 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 25, 1950, pg. 9.
Source for 1951 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 24, 1951, pg. 7.
U.S. national team appearances
- Walker Cup: 1947 (winners), 1949 (winners), 1951 (winners, playing captain)