Introducing the Bobby Jones Classic
In partnership with the Jones family, we are hosting the Bobby Jones Classic for CSF to enjoy a day of golf with you and your friends, while we all celebrate the memory of golfer Bobby Jones. The event will generate new awareness of Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, and related causes of paralysis. Jones was diagnosed with syringomyelia and spent the last twenty-five years of his life with progressive paralysis. This event will also reintroduce East Lake Golf Club where Jones learned to play.
This event provides a unique opportunity to become immersed in the classic life, legend and sport of Bobby Jones at historically significant East Lake Golf Club, Jones’ home course. Meet Bob Jones IV, grandson of the legendary golfer; Sid Matthew, famed Jones historian and author of The Life and Times of Bobby Jones; and Charles Harrison, nine time former Atlanta amateur golf champion and a member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. In addition, experience the thrill of playing Hole 11, at East Lake, with Hickory shafted golf clubs, the same type of clubs that Bobby Jones carried during his remarkable 1930 "Grand Slam."
Proceeds from this event will be dedicated to beginning a new research program at Georgia Tech and Emory to develop a unique golf cart for handicapped children and adults.
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