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1921 Golf Supremacy Silver Trophy Cup Won by Jim Barnes. ...

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

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1921 Golf Supremacy Silver Trophy Cup Won by Jim Barnes. Jim Barnes had won the U.S. Open in 1921, while Jock Hutchison had won the British Open. Although both pros hailed from Great Britain, they were head professionals at American courses. Barnes was affiliated with Pelham Country Club in New York, while Hutchison hailed from Glen View in Illinois. It was decided that the two should be paired in a match to determine the World Champion, and so a 36 hole match was arranged on the Sound View Golf Club links for a handsome prize of $1,000 to the winner and $500 to the loser. Barnes ended the morning round four up over his opponent and closed out the match 5&4. In addition, Barnes won an impressive silver cup called the "Golf Supremacy" trophy which is offered here. At the time, it was hoped that the Supremacy tournament would become an annual event, however in spite of a good turnout of 1500 fans, the event never caught on. Engraving reads, "Golf Supremacy 1921, Offered by Soundview Golf Club, Great Neck, New York, Jock Hutchinson (sic), British Open Champion vs. James Barnes, American Open Champion, Won September 5th by James M. Barnes." The two-handled silver trophy is of exquisite design and presents well despite a large abrasion on each side of the lower portion of the cup. It measures seventeen inches in height and weighs just under four pounds. Base is stamped "Sterling" with maker's marks. This is a wonderful piece of golf history in which two Hall of Fame Champions went head to head for bragging rights.

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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