April 13, 2021

Al Geiberger - "The Day We Lost Tony Lema" SHORT TRACK

Al Geiberger - "The Day We Lost Tony Lema" SHORT TRACK

Al Geiberger recalls the short-lived joy of winning the 1966 PGA Championship when, hours later, he and Bruce Devlin learned of the tragic death of Tony Lema and his wife Betty, in a plane crash. They both look back on the loss of their friend, "FORE the Good of the Game."

Geiberger, Al Profile Photo

Geiberger, Al

Golf Professional

California native Al Geiberger played high school golf with Charles Schwab and collegiate golf for Stan Wood at USC where he competed in 3 L.A. Opens while in school. He turned professional in 1959 at age 22 and went on to win 30 professional events including 11 wins on the PGA Tour and 10 victories on the Senior Tour. Al won the 1966 PGA Championship at Firestone ad the 1975 Tournament Players Championship at Colonial CC. In 1977, Al won the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic without scoring a round in the 60's, shooting a second-round 59 (-13), the first sub-60 score ever recorded in competition. He played on two victorious Ryder Cup teams in 1967 and 1975 and was inducted into the inaugural Hall of Fame class of USC Athletics.