The pitch was simple - one day, will you please let us sell just one of Bobby Jones' trophies? This was directed at a member of the great Bobby Jones' family, and while well-intentioned, we never actually thought the day would come.
But here we are. So, without further ado...
Offered here is Bobby Jones' actual medalist/low qualifier trophy from the 1920 US Amateur.
1920 marked the year that wunderkind Bobby Jones turned 18 years old. Shortly after starting his sophomore year at Georgia Tech, the engineering major made the trek to New York to compete in the 1920 US Amateur.
Bobby Jones set the pace early at the 1920 US Am at Engineers Country Club. At the conclusion of stroke play, he led the field as Medalist/Low Amateur - where he received this trophy. Jones then made it to the semi-final, where he would fall to Francis Ouimet. Ouimet was then defeated in the final by the great rival of both Ouimet and Jones, Chick Evans.
This extraordinary, and historic, trophy was personally owned by Bobby Jones for the rest of his life, and was part of his estate when he passed away in 1971. It can not be understated how few of Bobby Jones' personal trophies and medals have ever made it into private collector hands, let alone up for public auction. This important trophy is being consigned today directly by Bobby Jones' heir. Per the family's wishes, a significant portion of these auction proceeds will be donated to the Bobby Jones Chiari and Syringomyelia Foundation.
14" Sterling Silver, made by Tiffany & Co., 1 lb, 6 ounces. Base is 4 3/8" and top is 5 1/4" diameter.
Engraved as follows:
United States Golf Association
Amateur Championship 1920
Low Score Qualifying Round
Won by Robert T. Jones, Jr.