Chip Harp, Sports Feature Writer
ATLANTA — No one in the history of the ancient game of golf has had a greater positive impact on the game than Georgia’s own Bobby Jones. His record of major tournament victories, including his “Grand Slam” of 4 majors in the same year, all as an amateur, will stand the test of time as an historic achievement.
What made Jones great was not only his command of his golf game under the incredible pressure of championship golf, but how he carried himself both during his playing days and afterwards, even in the face of a debilitating illness that eventually took his life.
Emory University is partnering with the East Lake Golf Club, the club where Jones learned to play the game, to host the inaugural Bobby Jones Legacy Golf Tournament to benefit the program at Emory that bears his name. Jones, who earned his law degree from Emory (in addition to an engineering degree from Georgia Tech, and an English degree from Harvard) set the standard for integrity, diligence, and hard work. The university is carrying on that tradition through programs that honor and perpetuate his legacy, especially in the areas of ethics and research.
The program at Emory is in its 40th year, and the milestone is being celebrated with this golf tournament, and a reunion for alumni in St Andrews, the original home of golf, this summer.
“Few experiences in my life have left me with a stronger sense of community, drive and gratitude than during my time at Emory on the Bobby Jones Fellowship. I’ve had my intellectual limits pushed, I’ve traveled across the country and back, and I’ve met people whose inspiration will live with me for the rest of my life. For that last reason alone I will always be grateful for what the Jones program has given me,” said Jones Fellow Callum Woolley recently.
The golf tournament itself will be a real treat, as participants will be able to play the beautiful course which has hosted so many important tournaments in years past. Prior to tee off, participants will enjoy a lunch at the Tudor-style clubhouse, surrounded by memorabilia and trophies from Jones’ incredible career. The Emory golf team will also be on hand to offer tips as part of an informal golf clinic. After play has concluded, participants will be able to enjoy cocktails at the club.
The tournament will be held Saturday, March 18th (the day after Jones’ St. Patrick’s Day birthday), with registration commencing at 10:00 am in the Great Hall of the Clubhouse. Tickets are still available (as of the posting of this story). For more information and to register online, visit their website at www.bobbyjones.emory.edu.
Be a part of maintaining those values that Bobby Jones stood for, and enjoy a great day at a great course. Surely, Jones would have approved.