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. This year’s event will be held on March 31st and April 1st. At this year’s event, 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
In partnership with the Jones family, we are hosting the Bobby Jones Classic 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 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 3, at East Lake, with Hickory shafted golf clubs, the same type of clubs that Bobby Jones carried during his remarkable 1930 "Grand Slam."
Sunday, March 29
Welcome Dinner at The Whitley Atlanta Buckhead
Monday, March 30
Registration and Continental Breakfast at East Lake Golf Club
East Lake Club House
Shotgun Start/Modified Scramble
Lunch Stations - On Course
Alexa Stirling $10,000 Putting Competition