Sam Urzetta

Sam Urzetta

Sam Urzetta
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Samuel Urzetta
Born (1926-03-19)March 19, 1926
Rochester, New York
Died April 8, 2011(2011-04-08) (aged 85)
East Rochester, New York
Nationality  United States
College St. Bonaventure University
Turned professional 1954
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T12: 1956
U.S. Open T29: 1951
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship CUT: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1968

Samuel Urzetta (March 19, 1926 – April 8, 2011) was an American professional golfer, best known for winning the 1950 U.S. Amateur.[1][2]

Urzetta attended St. Bonaventure University where he captained the basketball team and led the nation in free-throw shooting percentage as a junior.[3] He was inducted into the St. Bonaventure Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969.[1][3]

In 1950, Urzetta won the U.S. Amateur[4] over Frank Stranahan. The match went a record 39 holes (scheduled for 36), a record that still stands (although tied in 2000).[2] He played on the U.S. Walker Cup team in 1951[5] and 1953.[6]

Urzetta turned professional in 1954[2] and played on the PGA Tour[1] and then became the head professional at the Country Club of Rochester from 1956 to 1993. He was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Western New York Section of the PGA of America in 1986.[7][8]


  • Amateur wins 1
  • Professional wins 2
  • U.S. national team appearances 3
  • References 4

Amateur wins

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins

  • Western New York PGA (three times)[8]

U.S. national team appearances



  1. ^ a b c "Urzetta, 85, remembered as 'humble' champion".  
  2. ^ a b c "1950 U.S. Amateur Champion Urzetta Dies".  
  3. ^ a b St. Bonaventure Mourns Passing of Sam Urzetta '50
  4. ^ 1950 U.S. Amateur
  5. ^ 1951 Walker Cup Match
  6. ^ 1953 Walker Cup Match
  7. ^ PGA - Western New York Section - Hall of Fame
  8. ^ a b Western New York Section Hall of Fame profile