Monday, November 24, 2008

Bobby Jones

You know some things just speak for themselves. We will be talking about Jones in future Blogs, but for now here's a fantastic video of the great Bobby Jones winner of the 1930 GrandSlam

Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones Jr. (March 17, 1902 – December 18, 1971) was one of the greatest golfers to ever compete. Jones skills took him to golf's summit in the days when amateur golf was respected and held in much higher esteem than the professional game. (I will be talking of Walter Hagen in America and of Henry Cotton in Britain and their importance to the transformation of public attitude towards the professional game in future Blogs)Jones succeeded on both a national and international level winning championships on both sides of the pond.

With the exception of the later period of his career when he was making instructional films Jones participated only as an amateur, primarily on a part-time basis, and chose to retire from competition at age 28.

For for now enjoy the greatness that was Bobby Jones.


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I honestly love the rich history that you have been giving us. There is such a gap of unavailable information from those times and there must be hundreds of great insider stories that are now coming out.
I wasn't sure how you were going to express your thoughts and knowledge when you started this blog, but I believ everyone would agree that it is so much richer than buying golf magazines all the time. Do not get me wrong, golf magazines have there place, but your nostalgic information is not easily found, especially when you have never heard of a lot of the names. Example, "Who The Hell Is Sam Byrd".
Great work sevam, great work.

Downtoscratch said...

My brother Del and I got to touch a bit of history in the summer of 1985 at Inwood C.C., site of the 1923 US Open. Jones defeated Bobby Cruickshank in an 18 hole playoff that went all square for 17 holes. On the 18th, Jones hit a 2 iron from the right rough to 7 feet and he went on to win his first major.
There is a plaque at the sight of that 2 iron shot and we both hit a ball to the green from that spot. As it turns out it was a 4 iron for us and would no doubt be less today! JB Holmes would probably hit a high soft 8! Here's a link to the story about Jones victory at Inwood and it includes the story of Jone's acquisition of his famous "Calamity Jane.' DTS,0,5965410.story

Downtoscratch said...

At 2:33 to 2:40 in the video Jones remarks how while the hips move forward the head remains "steady". This always intrigued me as it can be clearly seen that the tree in the background has moved away from Bobby's "steady" head. And they say feel fools ya! DTS