Tony Lema Retrospective

Today, only golf historians remember Tony Lema, the PGA Tour star who died in a plane crash in 1966.

But during the 1960s, there were few players who could match Champaigne Tony’s skills. From 1962 to 1966, he had 26 top 3 finishes.

John Berry of the Record-Bee has a nice column that will get you up to speed on this golf legend who died far too young.

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11 thoughts on “Tony Lema Retrospective”

  1. Hello,

    It just so happens that I came across a set of Tony Lema’s clubs in my uncels attic, The story is that Tony had used these clubs in a few games, and left them to get re-wrapped at some guys house in Glen Cove Long Island, tony died and never picked up the clubs, my uncle purchased them in 1969, and played with them for a while, until he gave them to me just last week, they are printed with Tony Lema’s name etched into each club, plus a putter with a wodden shaft! very cool, Does anyone know were I can get this fixed up or appraised?

    Thanks

    Herb

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  2. Tony Lema is my great uncle and my dad has nothing from his uncle. i am trying to find something that he used to give to him for fathers day. if someone could email with ANYTHING that he used (golf club etc.) please contact me
    keylema3@hotmail.com

    Thank you,
    Candace

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  3. I have a set of Tony Lema Golden Gate irons in my garage that I bought in about 1967 2-pw. Do they have any value?

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  4. I have a set of Tony Lema Golden Gate Signature Irons that I bought new back in the early 60’s. They are in premium condition and still playable. I lost the 7 iron years ago and have not been able to find one to replace it. Does anyone have one to complete my set?

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  5. I have a set of Vintage “Champagne Tony Lema” Professional set of TLP Registered 2-9 Irons – blades in very good condition with metal shafts, Grip Rite/Swing Rite grips..
    I’ve posted them on an eBay auction starting at $1200.

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  6. I’ve listed these for sale on eBay & craigslist for $1200.
    Vintage “Champagne Tony Lema” Professional set of TLP Registered Iron Blades – blades in very good condition with metal shafts, Grip Rite/Swing Rite grips..

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  7. I have a full set of tony lema golden gate signature clubs 2 thru the dual pitching wedge PLUS DRIVER THRU THE 4 WOOD.

    Anybody know what they might be worth?

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  8. I have 2-9 Tony Lema Slazenger irons, the one and only set ever made.  Tony played with these clubs in the Tuesday practice round for the 1966 Western Open.  I caddied for him that week and several others and he gave them to me because the shafts weren’t stiff enough for him.

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