Jim Entwistle was born September 3, 1930 and graduated from Syracuse’s Central High School in 1948 and LeMoyne College in 1953. Jim and his brother Bill, also a PGA pro, learned the game and the business from their father, the long-time head pro at Bellevue C.C. Jim also spent many winter seasons playing and working at Dunedin C.C., in Dunedin, Fl., which was then the PGA’s national headquarters. Jim started working at Tuscarora in 1949, after his father was named Tuscarora’s new head professional, and Jim was named head pro in 1958 after his father died.
For the next 35 years Jim dedicated himself to the members of Tuscarora. His presence in the clubhouse became the embodiment of what Tuscarora was and continues to be. He regularly arrived at the club at 5:30 a.m. and seldom left before 7 p.m. He introduced and taught at least 4 generations of members to the game and on at least two separate occasions served as the manager of the restaurant, a position his mother had once held. When he retired after the 1992 season, he continued to give his time to the club, volunteering at all of Tuscarora’s tournaments and the junior program, which held a special place in his heart.
Junior golf was a passion of his. Each summer Jim and his wife Mary, whom he met at Tuscarora and married in 1960, embraced the scores of junior golfers who flocked to the program that he administered. At the end of every golf season, it was the club’s tradition to give Jim a bonus. And each year, it was Jim’s tradition to give the bonus back to junior golf. Each summer, Jim and Mary also “adopted” the dozens of kids who, throughout the years, worked for him in the pro shop, locker room and bag room. He was a strict but fair boss who taught all of these kids many life lessons that remain with them today.
Jim was also dedicated to his profession. He was a “life member” of the PGA, something he was particularly proud of since his father was a founding member of the organization, having come to this country from Great Britain at the turn of the 19th century. Jim served on the board of the CNY section of PGA for many years and after his retirement served as elder statesman and historian of the organization. He was known throughout the section for running top-notch tournaments, and he mentored countless numbers of assistant pros.
Jim passed away on October 25, 2000 after a seven-month bout with colon cancer. His memory lives on in the tournament we play each Memorial Day weekend and in the scholarship that bears his name.