|Full Name||Robert Tyre Jones Jr.|
|Nickname (s)||Bobby Jones|
|Profession (s)||Professional American golfer, Lawyer, Architect|
Physical Stats and More
|Height (approx.)||in centimetres: 173 cm|
|in meters: 1.7 m|
|in feet inches: 5 ft 8 in|
|Weight (approx.)||in kilogram: 75 kg|
|in pounds: 165 lbs.|
|Date Of Birth||Mar 17, 1902|
|Day of Birth||Monday|
|Place Of Birth||Atlanta, Georgia, USA|
|Father||Robert Purmedus Jones|
|Wife||Mary Rice Malone|
|Awards and Honours||World Golf Hall of Fame 1974 (member page)
James E. Sullivan Award 1930
Georgia Tech Athletic
Hall of Fame 1958
Georgia Tech Engineering
Hall of Fame 1997
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/Branch||US Army Air Forces|
|Years of service||World war II, European Theatre|
|Total worth||$5 Million|
|Bobby Jones Quotes||Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears.|
Lesser Known Facts about Bobby Jones
- Bobby Jones who is also known as Robert Tyre Jones Jr. was a professional American amateur golfer. He was one of the most influential people in the history of the sport.
- Surprisingly, he was a lawyer by profession. He has also founded and helped in building the National golf club. He also co-founded by the Master’s tournament too. He introduced a lot of innovations in the Masters which has been copied by generations to come.
- Jones was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Jones had a tough childhood as he battled some health issues as a young boy. Golf was prescribed by the doctors to strengthen him. His father used to encourage him playing the golf. His father was known as the “Colonel” Robert Purmedus Jones. He was an Atlanta lawyer. Jones used to love golf from the beginning only.
- He was successful as a child in golf as he won his first children’s tournament at the age of six. He won this at his home course at East Lake Golf Club. Jones also won his first major golf event in 1916. He won this when he claimed the inaugural of Georgia Amateur Championship which was conducted by the Georgia State Golf Association at the Capital City Club, in Brookhaven. He won this at the age of 14.
- His victory at the age of 14 gave him much recognition. It put him in the national spotlight for the very first time. This particular win caught the eye of the United States Golf Association. It also gave Jones his first invitation to the at U.S Amateur Merion near Philadelphia. Jones also managed to get a place in the quarterfinals in his first ever event. He was really great at that event.
- He was inspired by the club professional Stewart Maiden who was also a native of Carnoustie, Scotland. Stewart was the professional at the Atlanta Athletic Club’s Golf East Club. His role model was also trained in Alexa Stirling and was also a 3-time winner of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Stewart was also five years older than Jones and he was a prodigy at East Lake as well.
- Jones used to learn golf from the very famous Willie Ogg. He learned from him when he was in his teenage years. Jones used to practice golf with his father as well. His father was a skilled player as well. Jones used to battle his own temper on the course. However, later, he controlled his emotions after becoming a professional.
- Jones was a skilled player who toured the whole of U.S. during World War I from 1917–18. He actually played exhibition matches before large crowds during this time. He used to often play with Alexa Stirling and Perry Adair. He did this to generate income for a noble cause which was the war relief. Playing in such matches in front of these crowds helped him a lot as he was able to move into the national competition after that.
- Jones was also able to successfully represent the United States for the first time. He represented his country in two winning international team matches against Canada. This happened in the year of 1919 and 1920. In that match, he was able to earn three points in both foursomes and singles play. He also traveled to Hamilton Golf and Country Club in 1919 for his first serious competitive gameplay outside the U.S. In 1920, Engineers Country Club, which was located in Roslyn, Long Island used to host the different golf matches.
- He was still a teenager and thus, was the youngest player in the whole series. Jones also played in the Canadian Open in 1919. At the same time, he performed well in Hamilton, Ontario. He played very well and bagged second place. However, he was 16 shots behind winner J. Douglas Edgar. Edgar the other player had actually emigrated from England in 1919. He was there to take a club professional’s job in Atlanta at Druid Hills Golf Club. Edgar was also credited by Jones himself as he helped him develop his game significantly.
- Jones played and was immediately qualified for his first U.S. Open at a young age of 18. This happened in the year of 1920. He was actually paired with the legendary and fantastic player Harry Vardon for the very first two rounds. He went on to win the Southern Amateur three times. The years that he won the same were 1917, 1920, and 1922.
- Jones was a great player and thus, he managed to hit his stride as an adult and won his first U.S. Open game in 1923. That was his lucky win at New York’s Inwood Country Club as he continued winning for many matches after that which also included his victory in the U.S. Amateur which was in 1930. In all, he managed to win 13 major and different championships. They were won in mere 20 attempts as counted during that time. Jones also became the very first player to have won The Double. He won this championship, both in the U.S. and British Open Championships in the very same year of 1926.
- Jones was also the second and also the last to have won the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur in the same year. The year that he won the championships was 1930. This title was first accomplished by Chick Evans in the year of 1916.
- Jones has a lot of records and achievements to himself. He is the only player in the history of golf to have won the Pre-Masters Grand Slam which is a prestigious award. It basically includes all the four major championships. Besides that, these championships are played in the same calendar year and are of course also won in the same year. Jones managed to make this record in the year of 1930.
- Jones achieved the 1930 Grand Slam title by winning The Amateur Championship in the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland. This was played on May 31, 1930. After that, he played for The Open Championship in the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake which is in England. This was again played on June 20, 1930.
- The other championship that he won for the Grand Slam title was the U.S. Open which was held at the Interlachen Country Club in Minnesota. This was held on July 12, 1930. Finally, the last championship which got Jones the fantastic Grand Slam title was the U.S. Amateur which was played at the Merion Golf Club of Pennsylvania. The game was played on September 27, 1930.
- Jones was a great golf player and thus, had the opportunity to represent the United States in the Walker Cup for five different times. He went on to win nine matches for the same. He had actually played a total of 10 matches, which meant he lost only one. Thus, he was able to win the U.S trophy for all five times.
- He also served as the playing captain of the U.S. team. Jones served as a captain in 1928 and 1930. He won a fair share of games which included two other tournaments against professionals. One was the 1927 Southern Open and the other one was the 1930 southeastern Open. He also had a lifelong membership of the Atlanta Athletic Club which also included the club’s original site. In today’s time, it is called the East Lake Golf Club. He also acquired the lifelong membership of the Capital City Club in Atlanta.
- Jones was in the top 5 sports giant list in 1920. Apart from that, he was also the first recipient of the prestigious and honorable AAU’s Sullivan Award. He was considered as the top amateur athlete of the United States at that particular time.
- Jones is also the only sports figure to have received the two ticker-tape parades in New York City. He received the first one in 1926 and the second one was in 1930, which is the same year where he acquired the Grand Slam. Bobby Jones Expressway is an interstate 520 road which is named after him. This is a great honor which has been given to him by the government.
- Jones shared a very unique relationship with St Andrews which was a town. He had a great story with the Old Course in the tow. His very first appearance on the Course was during The Open Championship which was held in 1921. He has basically withdrawn after 11 holes in the third round. At the time, he had failed to complete the hole which led to the disqualification of Jones. This is the reason he had torn up his scorecard, in spite of him finishing the round and also playing the fourth round as well. After which, he had firmly said that his dislike for the town and the course had reciprocated well. He also told the press that Master Bobby is a boy who is just an ordinary boy.
- Jones was not only successful at golf but, he was successful outside of the course and game as well. He graduated and acquired his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree from the prestigious Georgia Tech College in 1922. He also played for the varsity golf team for four years of his graduation.
- Jones was also a member of the honorable Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Thus, the Georgia Phi chapter house at Georgia Tech College is named after him in his honor.
- After his engineering degree, Jones went on to earn an A.B. in English Literature from Harvard College. He completed and acquired the certification in 1924. At the same time, he was a member of the Owl Club at Harvard College as well. In 1926, he enrolled in the Emory University School of Law and also became a member of the Phi Delta Phi. He was so intelligent that he was able to pass the Georgia bar exam only after three semesters. Thus, he was subsequently able to join his father’s law firm in Atlanta, Georgia.
- In 1924, Jones married Mary Rice Malone. He had met her in 1919 at his freshman year at Georgia Tech College. They had a happy married life and went on to have three children who were known as Clara Malone, Robert Tyre III, and Mary Ellen.
- Jones retired from golf at the age of 28. After that, he chose to concentrate on his Atlanta law practice at his father’s firm.
- Jones contribution to golf was outstanding in every way as he had made 18 different instructional golf films in Hollywood. He made them between 1931 and 1933. These films included Hollywood film stars. He basically coached the well-known film stars on golf. The films were very popular.
- Jones also gave up his amateur status as he was earning a good amount of contract money through his film venture. Although, these films were put into storage. They were somehow unavailable for decades for certain reasons. Although, a surviving print was found 60 years later which was put into a proper video format for preservation by Ely Callaway who was a distant cousin of Jones’s.
- Jones also worked with J Victor East who was an Australian in the early 1930s. Victor was the head of A.G. Spalding & Co. They both worked together to develop the first set of the matched steel-shafted club. The clubs that they made sold very well and are still considered among the best-designed sets of golf that were ever made.
- Jones retired from professional golf in 1930 However, he remained to be a famous sports figures in the world and had recognition virtually everywhere in the World. He was popular in public as was known wherever he went. This, however, led to enormous adulation and media coverage. Although, this extra attention caused Jones to lose personal privacy in all the golf circles.
- Thus, he wished to create a private golf club. He wanted to do this for playing in peace with his friends. He continued to search for the perfect property for several years near Atlanta so that he could develop his own golf club. His friend Clifford Roberts helped him out with this. Roberts was a New York City investment dealer and he knew all about Jones’s desire. He became aware of a promising property for sale in Augusta, Georgia. This was the same place where Jones’s mother-in-law had grown up. Roberts informed Jones about the same.
- Jones immediately visited Fruitlands and purchased it for $70,000 in 1931. He purchased it with the plan of designing a golf course on the site.
- Alister MacKenzie co-designed the Augusta National course with Jones. The club opened in early 1933. He also went on to find the Masters Tournament which was first played at Augusta in March 1934.
- Jones was diagnosed with syringomyelia in 1948. It is a condition of a fluid-filled cavity in the spinal cord that causes immense pain which leads to paralysis. This lead to his death in Atlanta on December 18, 1971.