Introducing the Bobby Jones Classic
The Bobby Jones Classic for CSF golf tournament has been created to raise awareness and research funding for the Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation (CSF). CSF is a national 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to advance knowledge through research and to educate the medical, allied sciences and lay community about Chiari malformation, syringomyelia and related CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) disorders.
Many recognized world-class physicians, scientists and professionals agreed to collaborate and form a superior Scientific Educational & Advisory Board. The trusted and dedicated members of the CSF Board of Directors and Board of Trustees include community and business leaders, educators, legal experts, families and patients, who have been advocates for Chiari malformation (CM), syringomyelia (SM) and related disorders for years. They have the skills and passion to create and direct programs and research that will change the lives of the over one million families affected by CM, SM and related disorders.
All proceeds from the tournament will directly benefit the Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation (CSF).
The Life of Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones was a man of outstanding character, courage and accomplishment. One of the greatest golfers to ever play the game, Jones was the first and only golfer in the world to achieve a "Grand Slam" - winning all four major golf tournaments in a single season. Jones’ Grand Slam came in 1930 when the four major championships were the U.S. Open, British Open, U.S Amateur and British Amateur.
Though Jones competed only as an amateur, he won a total of 13 major championships during his career, including four U.S. Opens, three British Opens, five U.S. Amateurs and one British Amateur. He is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, and was the first recipient of the Amateur Athletic Union’s Sullivan Award (1930), which is awarded annually to the top amateur athlete in the United States. At the age of 28, after his legendary 1930 season, Jones chose to retire from competitive golf.
“In the summer of 1948, Jones remarked to Yates, in the middle of what was to be his last round ever, that he would not soon be playing again because his back had become unbearable and he was going to have an operation. It was, in fact, the first of two operations that revealed damage to the spinal tissue that could not then be tagged with a definite diagnosis. A year later, Jones went to Boston for an examination at the Lahey Clinic and underwent his second operation. This operation revealed a positive diagnosis of syringomyelia, a chronic progressive degenerative disease of the spinal cord, which Jones bore for 22 years with chilling stoicism. The scant consolation for Jones’ diagnosis is that anyone falling victim to the same disease today could expect no better outcome. The etiology is still unknown and there is still no cure.”
-- Alastair Johnston