1943 Florida Open
Willie Takes Florida Open Golf With 279, Cooper SecondNew York Times
July 12, 1943
Willie Turnesa, USN, captured the 1943 edition of the Florida Open Links tournament today with a five-under-par 72-hole aggregate of 279.
Pete Cooper, Gainesville star, blasted par on his opening round with a 68, three under, and returned in the afternoon to post an amazing 67 to take the runner-up position with 281. Turnesa, member of the famous golfing family and former national amateur champion, who had a 138 at the halfway mark after yesterday's play, had a 72 and a 69 today.
Earl Christiansen, Miami's golfing policeman, who was one stroke behind Turnesa at the midway mark, went three over par on the first eighteen with a 74 and got a 71 on the final round to finish third with 284.