Smith, Horton Autographed Photo
Born: May 22, 1908 in Springfield, NJ — Died: October 14, 1963
In 1934, Bobby Jones invited a group of friends to come to his new golf course in Augusta, Georgia and play in the first "Annual Invitation Tournament". His friends just happened to be the finest golfers in the world, and this little invitational quickly evolved into The Masters, arguably the most prestigious major tournament in golf today. Horton Smith was the first champion in 1934, posting a 284 to beat Craig Wood by 1 shot. Wood posted his 285 before Smith finished, and left the golf course not knowing if it was good enough to win. Smith birdied the 17th hole, and then made a tough par save on the 18th to seal the victory.
In 1936, Smith became the first two-time Masters Champion, posting a score of 285 to beat Harry "Lighthorse" Cooper by one shot. The event was plagued with bad weather which forced a 36-hole Monday finish, where Smith shot 68 - 72 to overcome Cooper's 5-stroke lead.
This is an original George Pietzcker photograph with an embossed marking in the lower right margin. Pietzcker was the official photographer for the USGA and is regarded as the best photographer of his time. His original photographs are highly collectible.
The photograph image size is 4 7/8" x 6 3/4" and has been inscribed "Best to Jimmy, Sincerely Horton Smith".
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