The Beloved Champagne Tony Lema

The worst tragedy to strike the PGA Tour during the fifty years between the 1949 Ben Hogan bus crash and the 1999 fatal Payne Stewart airplane tragedy was the 1966 fatal plane crash involving Tony Lema and his wife Betty. Tony had just finished his last round in the PGA Championship at Akron, Ohio. He and Betty were flying in a chartered, small, single-engine airplane to Chicago’s O’Hare airport when the pilot either encountered engine trouble or ran out of fuel.  He tried to ditch the plane on a … [Read more...]

Samuel Ryder: Founder of the Ryder Cup Matches (Part 1)

Part 1 Samuel Ryder was born in 1858 in Walton-le-Dale near Preston, England. He was the fourth of eight children. His father had a nursery business. Sam was educated at Manchester University to become a school teacher, but ill-health prevented him from graduating. So, he began work for his father. But Sam grew discontented because he couldn’t convince his father of his ideas on how to grow the family business. Sam therefore moved to London, worked for a rival seed merchant, got married, and h … [Read more...]


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