Exhibition dedicated
to Bobby Jones

American golfing legend Bobby Jones with the British Amateur Championship golf trophy at St Andrews, Fife in 1930.
American golfing legend Bobby Jones with the British Amateur Championship golf trophy at St Andrews, Fife in 1930.
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The career of one of golf’s most legendary and celebrated figures is under the spotlight as The Open championship returned to St Andrews.

A travelling exhibition focusing on Bobby Jones is on display in the spectator village at the Home of Golf.

Jones, whose golfing stardom peaked during the 1920s, was the most successful amateur player to feature at national and international level, winning The Open three times – including at St Andrews – as well as the US Open, US Masters, and leading amateur tournaments.

The display, ‘Bobby Jones: The Game of Life’, features pictures, newspaper headlines and family memorabilia relating to the famous sportsman, who died in 1971, aged 69.

The Citizen reported last week on how Jones’ legacy had formed a permanent bond between the University of St Andrews and Emory University, of which Jones was an alumnus, in his home town of Atlanta, Georgia.

The Robert T. Jones Memorial Trust Scholarship was later established in his memory, with 10 Jones Scholas and Fellows selected each year – five from each university.

The curator of the exhibit, Randy Gue, was on site at St Andrews to answer questions. In addition, Rosemary Magee, director of Emory University’s manuscript, archives and rare book library, from which the exhibition was drawn, is also in the town this week.

Visiting too from America will be Emory’s current Robert T. Jones Scholarship student recipients, studying in Scotland, who are helping to staff the exhibit tent.