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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Turnesa tournament an annual success

Joe Turnesa Jr. was on hand for the annual scholarship awarded in his father's memory Monday night at Sara Bay Country Club.

Four lucky recipients, who head pro Daren King said have to write essays in addition to staying with the Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association among other things, were awarded scholarships.

To date, 46 scholarships have been awarded to the tune of over $220,000. On Wednesday, Sara Bay membership director Gavin Darbyshire said $37,000 was raised from this year's tournament.

Turnesa Jr. joked how he'd have a different opinion on the golf swing than his famous teaching father, Joe Sr.

"He and I used to argue about the golf swing all the time," Turnesa Jr. laughingly said. "And I used to have people say to me, 'Don't argue with your father, he's a great teacher.' And (I'd say), 'Yeah right.'"

Turnesa Jr. stayed in the golf business, despite not having aspirations to play professional like his father or five of his uncles. There were seven brothers, who played golf, with Turnesa Jr.'s uncle Willie, the only one who didn't turn pro.

Willie Turnesa had an accomplished amateur career highlighted with victories in the 1938 and 1948 U.S. Amateurs and 1947 British Amateur.

Joe Turnesa Sr. played the PGA Tour - one of the first members - and won multiple events during his career that also saw him play all four majors.

He was an honorary member at Sara Bay, often teaching eager students - doing so all the way until passing away at the age of 90 back in 1991.

And the Turnesa name still lives on with the next generation as Marc Turnesa plays on the PGA Tour.

He captured a PGA Tour title in 2008. Marc Turnesa's grandfather, Mike, was a brother of Joe Turnesa Sr.

To read more about the 19th annual Joe Turnesa Memorial Scholarship Tournament, pick up Tuesday's edition of The Bradenton Herald.

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