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    1918 Robert T. "Bobby" Jones World War I Benefit Exhibition Medal. According to leading Jones biographer Sidney Matthew, the legendary golfer housed his tournament hardware in a small chest in the dining room of his Atlanta home before donating his Championship medals to the United States Golf Association Museum in 1967, where they reside to this day in the magnificent Bobby Jones Room along with his famous "Calamity Jane" putter and other related relics. A few other Jones medals were donated to other museums and clubs, but a very small number remained in the family, eventually descending to Bobby's grandchildren Bob IV and Adele.

    Here we present one of five medals once owned by Adele, acquired by noted golf collector Dr. Barry Glaser in 2000 in a transaction brokered by "Old Golf Shop, Ltd." proprietor Morton Olman.

    Jones was a sixteen year old prodigy at the time he participated in the Red Cross Exhibition match at the Shawnee (OK) Country Club where he earned this medal. His skills had been in great demand for raising money for the charitable war relief effort, a period of time in which the British Amateur and British Open Championships were suspended for four years and the US Amateur and US Open were also suspended for two years.

    Jones' presence alone at an Exhibition event would insure a sizeable paying crowd. Generally he would team up with another golf celebrity and play a better ball match (called a four ball) against another twosome. Often, wealthy businessmen would pay up to $100 to act as caddies for the day. In this particular event played at the famed Shawnee Golf Club Bobby teamed with Elaine Rosenthal against Perry Adair and Alexa Stirling, making the exhibition a battle of the youngsters. Because these matches were exhibitions and not true competitions, there were no winners or losers in the strictest sense and putts were graciously conceded in order to keep the flow of the match brisk. On this day it was reported in the New York Times that Adair & Stirling beat Jones & Rosenthal 4 & 3 but that the match was played out to the full eighteen holes anyway with Jones shooting a seventy-seven on his own ball.

    The scalloped edge pendant measures 1.5" in diameter and features the logo of the Shawnee Country Club on the obverse with engraving on verso reading, "August Fourteenth 1918, Robt. T. Jones, Jr., Red Cross Exhibition Match." The maker's mark, "Caldwell Silver" is stamped below. Light tarnishing is to be expected, but otherwise the piece presents perfectly.

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