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    The only Bobby Jones trophy in private hands!

    1916 Cherokee Country Club Invitational Tournament Trophy Won by Bobby Jones. Baseball had Babe Ruth. Boxing had Jack Dempsey, and football had Red Grange. Along with the great Bobby Jones, this quartet served as the Mount Rushmore of the Golden Age of Sport, establishing the 1920's as a decade that fundamentally changed America's relationship with professional athletics. It was a "perfect storm" of sporting legends that turned the United States into a nation of sports fans, birthing the notion of athlete as celebrity.

    But fourteen-year old Robert T. Jones, Jr. was a virtual unknown as he took to the links of Knoxville, Tennessee's Cherokee Country Club in the summer of 1916 against of field of 128 qualifying players. The three-day competition was a match-play format and the Atlanta schoolboy ensured it was a short one, claiming the final round after just fourteen holes with a five and four victory over runner up Simpson Dean. In just fourteen years, Jones had become one of the finest golfers in America. Fourteen years later, he'd claim golf's fabled Grand Slam, a feat that remains unequaled in the sport's history.

    The fact that this is the earliest Bobby Jones trophy ever to enter the collecting hobby would be impressive enough to tempt any serious collector of golfiana, but it is not just the earliest--it's the only. From two decades of top-level tournament play, the presented trophy stands as the sole Jones model residing outside a public institution. This auction provides, quite literally, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

    The trophy is crafted in the form of a pitcher, stamped "Sterling" and "3 1/2 Pints" on the bottom. The historic details are engraved boldly on the side: "Cherokee Country Club Invitation Tournament 1916, Winner, Championship Flight, R.T. Jones, Jr." A few small dings dot the surface to little visual distraction, as does a small degree of tarnishing, but the thrilling relic approaches its centennial without any significant aesthetic distractions. It stands approximately nine inches in height.

    Included with the trophy is a small photocopied archive of several period newspapers reporting young Jones' victory at Cherokee, and a 1992 bulletin from the country club that pictures the prize photographically. As arguably the most significant Bobby Jones artifact ever to surface at public auction, this is an offering that likewise ranks among the most significant golf artifacts, period. Photocopied documentation as noted.


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    September, 2014
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