Spotlight on Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones, Jr.
(March 17, 1902 – December 18, 1971)
|Jones at age 14, in the 1916 U.S. Amateur|
|U.S. Amateur 1930|
Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones Jr. was an American amateur golfer, and a lawyer by profession. Jones was the most successful amateur golfer ever to compete on a national and international level. Wikipedia
On the 18th day of December, 1971, the world mourned the death of golfing legend, Bobby Jones. While he may no longer be with us in the physical sense, his spirit of truth and honor lives on indefinitely.
Here are a few of his accolades:
Jones is the only player ever to have won the (pre-Masters) Grand Slam, or all four major championships, in the same calendar year (1930).
Jones represented the United States in the Walker Cup five times, winning nine of his 10 matches, and the U.S. won the trophy all five times.
Following his retirement from competitive golf in 1930, and even in the years leading up to that, Jones had become one of the most famous athletes in the world, and was recognized virtually everywhere he went in public.
Jones co-designed the Augusta National course with Alister MacKenzie; the new club opened in early 1933.
Jones founded the Masters Tournament, first played at Augusta in March 1934. The new tournament, originally known as the Augusta National Invitational, was an immediate success, and attracted most of the world's top players right from its start.
Golf Knickers, a virtually indispensable and
fashionable item of clothing worn by the country club set in the Roaring 20's.
Photo courtesy Steve Chamberlain Productions
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Long live the game of golf - a game of true honor!
Do you play? What was your best and/or worst shot?
Best: On hole #10 at Sunny Hills Golf Course, Panama City, Florida:
Eagle on Par 4
Worst: Lost count on number getting out of the sand trap at Southern Railway's Brosnan Forest, a timber preserve west of Charleston, S.C. When the ball finally did leave the trap, it hit the flag stick and went right into the hole.