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1919 Southern Golf Association Open Tournament Gold Medal Won by Jim Barnes....

2013 May 2 - 4 Vintage Sports Collectible Signature Auction - Dallas #7075

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1919 Southern Golf Association Open Tournament Gold Medal Won by Jim Barnes. In 1919, the Southern Open was held at East Lake in Atlanta, Georgia. Barnes bested seventeen year old Bobby Jones by one stroke to win the title on Jones' home course. The front of the medal depicts the Southern Golf Association logo with the letters "SGA" and the names of the SGA member states embedded in a garland wreath which surrounds a bag of clubs, a flagstick, and some decorative plants, along with "Org 1902." A plain pebbled filigree circumscribes the whole design. The back of the medal reads, "Open Tournament, Atlanta, September 8-10-1919, James M Barnes, Winner." On the bottom a hallmark appears reading, "Solid Gold." There is a ring attachment at the top apparently for a neck chain. The front seems to be in near mint condition, while the back may show some light wear. Original patina throughout. The diameter of the medal is 1.5" and the piece weighs approximately seventeen grams. A wonderful piece of golf history.

The Jim Barnes Collection

Born in Cornwall, England in 1886, Barnes got his start as a caddy and club maker's apprentice in his youth, but his aptitude for the playing of the sport quickly became apparent and by the age of twenty he had declared his professional status. His towering six-foot four inch height earned him the nickname "Long Jim," and he used his lanky build to great effect, earning a reputation as the longest driver in the sport. Barnes earned four Major Championships during his career, including the first ever playing of the PGA Championship in 1916. The great Bobby Jones credits Barnes with teaching him the most important lesson of his career, recalling the advice, "Bobby, you can't always be playing well when it counts. You'll never win golf tournaments until you learn how to score well when you're playing badly." But on the pages that follow, you'll encounter the results of playing well, a fascinating assortment of relics from Barnes' storied career. All make their hobby debut within this Signature Auction, consigned by the Barnes family with their letter of provenance for each lot.

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