May 17th, 2017
Rare Bobby Jones trophy
To go under the hammer
Words: James Greenwood
The only trophy won by Robert ‘Bobby’ Jones still known to be in private hands, is to be sold at Bonhams next Sporting Sale in Edinburgh on Tuesday 23 May. It is estimated at £20,000-30,000.
Jones was just a boy of 14 when he entered the 128–strong field for the three–day invitational tournament at Cherokee Country Club, Knoxville, Tennessee in 1916.
He won the final round after just 14 holes with a five shot lead, and was awarded the trophy, inscribed to “R.T Jones Jnr.” It is believed to be one of the first prizes that Jones ever won for golf and the only known cup.
Robert Jones was a part–time golf player, but between 1923 and 1930 he won 13 of the 21 championships that he entered.
In 1930, now aged 28, he won all the major golf tournaments – The U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open, Amateur, and Open Championships – in the same year – the first and only golfer in the game’s history to achieve this feat.
Bonhams Head of Sporting Sales, Henry Baggott, said, “’Bobby’ Jones is a legend to golf enthusiasts. The records he set as an amateur player are unlikely ever to be matched. The cup is early proof of his incredible talent and it is a great privilege to be offering it for sale.”
The Sporting Sale will take place at Bonhams Edinburgh, 22 Queen Street, EH2
Tuesday 23 May at 11 a.m.