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1935 National Open Golf Championship Program - Signed by Bobby Jones!
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,320
Program from the thirty-ninth National Open Golf Championship, held at Oakmont Country Club in 1935, signed on the interior by legendary golfer Bobby Jones. Although Jones had retired from competitive golf in 1930, he is pictured on page 27 of the program along with four other former National Open champions. He has signed the program in pencil, "Robert T. Jones Jr.," directly to the left of his photo, with the signature grading "9." Bobby Jones was one of the greatest golfers ever to set foot upon the links. In 1930 he accomplished one of the most amazing feats in sports history by winning all four golf "majors" in one season (the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, British Open, and British Amateur). While his accomplishments, which include thirteen "major" championships over the course of seven years (1923-1930), speak for themselves, his legendary status is due equally to the unusual circumstances of his career. Jones played golf more for the love of the sport rather than for the accolades or money. In fact, he often only played a few months out of the year. Even more shocking was his decision to retire at the age of 28, while he was still at the peak of his career. Following his retirement he produced instructional videos and helped found both Augusta National and the prestigious Masters Tournament. This is a rare and valuable program unsigned; signed by Bobby Jones it is an all-the-greater prize! The 56-page program displays moderate wear to the covers and is in Excellent condition overall. Included with the program are a 1935 National Open Championship scorecard (not filled in) stapled to a two-page listing of the participating tournament players and their respective tee times for the third and fourth rounds on June 8th (each Vg). LOA from James Spence/JSA. SOLD FOR $1,320
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