Bobby Jones: The Game of Life

Archer Davidson and Bobby Jones, August 1915

On view through November 30, 2015

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 Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL).

The exhibition’s title is a reference to one of Jones’ many notable quotes: “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.”

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.”

Feature image: Bobby Jones at the Open Championship, Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, 1930. Reproduced by permission from Press Association Images.

Related Events

In Conversation

Conversation with Sidney L. Matthew, author and historian on Bobby Jones--March 16, 2015 (6:30 pm, Jones Room, Level 3, Woodruff Library)

Bob Jones IV: "In the Mind of the Master"

Bob Jones IV, grandson of golfer Bobby Jones, will speak about the psychological skills his grandfather developed that enabled him to excel at the game of golf – and at life. Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room at the Woodruff Library. For more information click here.

***CANCELLED*** Diversity in Golf with Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. of The First Tee program--April 2, 2015 (6:30 pm, Jones Room, Level 3, Woodruff Library)

More Media

MARBL Moments

Hear MARBL Curator of Modern Political and Historical Collections Randy Gue discuss artifacts in the exhibition:

First picture of a champion


Love Illustrated

Matriculation Card

The Bronze Shoe

New Emory History Website

A new site devoted to Emory history and traditions.  Click here to explore features on Bobby Jones, as well as Emory presidents, faculty, and makers of history.

Learn More

Press Release

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)

Visitor Information

The exhibition is located in the Robert W. Woodruff Library on level 3 in the Schatten Gallery. Parking is available in the Fishburne Parking Deck (Weekdays: free after 5pm, Weekends: free). “Visitors” hours at the Robert W. Woodruff Library are posted here.

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