"Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots, but you have to play the ball where it lies."
The exhibition "Bobby Jones: The Game of Life" presents the story of legendary golfer and Atlanta native Robert (“Bobby”) Tyre Jones, based on materials drawn from two Jones collections at Emory University’s Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.
Co-curated by Randy Gue, MARBL’s curator of modern political and historical collections, and project archivist Kristin Morgan, the exhibition explores the personal values of Jones as reflected in his life. “This exhibition chronicles the growth of Bobby Jones, both as a golfer and a person,” Gue says. “We start with Jones as a young, natural talent who struggled with his own temper and the pressure of competing against much older, more experienced players; examine his new mental approach that allowed him to move past those obstacles and eventually win the Grand Slam; and follow his accomplishments in retirement and his battle with a debilitating disease.”
Bobby Jones at the Open Championship, Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, 1930 | Reproduced by permission from Press Association Images
MARBL finding aid: Bobby Jones collection
MARBL finding aid: Sidney L. Matthew's Bobby Jones collection and research files
The Robert T. Jones Jr. Program at Emory University
Emory acquires collection of Bobby Jones biographer Sidney Matthew
"Preserving Bobby's Legacy" at Oakland Cemetery (Historic Oakland Foundation)
"Makers of History": Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones (Emory History)