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The Bobby Jones Family is proud to announce the launch of The Bobby Jones Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation. My grandfather, legendary golfer Bobby Jones, is the only man in history to win golf’s Grand Slam, all four of golf’s major championships in the same calendar year. He earned two degrees, one from Georgia Tech and one from Harvard. After attending law school at Emory University, he passed the bar after only one and a half years of study. He was a man of incredible character, intellect, and accomplishment.
He also had syringomyelia. First diagnosed in 1950, he suffered the increasingly debilitating effects of the disease until his death in 1971. His steady decline into paralysis left him unable to play golf, attend the Masters Tournament which he cofounded, and finally rendered him bedridden. Our family has remained mostly silent about this for seventy years. In part, this had to do with our grandfather’s desire to not have his name associated with a disease. Also, there were no avenues available by which people who suffer from syringomyelia could be helped. That is, until now.
For many years, children, adults, and their families have suffered with syringomyelia and its cousin, Chiari malformation, in silence. We believe that our grandfather, who knew what it was like to suffer in stoic determination, would not want us to idly sit by when help was available. That is why we, the Bobby Jones family, have partnered with the Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation. The Bobby Jones Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation has a record of great accomplishment in both the clinical and research arena. The Bobby Jones Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation now works with the National Institutes of Health, more than fifty major medical institutions across the United States, and hosts international research meetings to unlock the cure for many neurological disorders.
The Bobby Jones Classic is a golf tournament that we sponsor to help raise awareness for Chiari and syringomyelia. It is held each year at the prestigious East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, the course where my grandfather learned to play, and Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, where he won the 1929 US Open. This year’s East Lake event was held on March 28th and 29th and the Winged Foot event will be on October 24th and 25th. At the events, you will have the opportunity to meet members of the Jones family, understand more about the neurological disorders that our foundation impacts, and have a chance to change a child’s life. You will also enjoy, fun, fellowship, and great golf! With your help, anything is possible. Hoping to see you soon. I am,
Dr. Bob Jones IV