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Jones, Bobby - Autographed Photo & Augusta National Dinner Plate

Following his retirement from competitive golf in 1930, and even in the years leading up to that,Bobby Jones had become one of the most famous athletes in the world, and was recognized virtually everywhere he went in public. While certainly appreciative of the enormous adulation and media coverage, this massive attention caused Jones to lose personal privacy in golf circles, and he wished to create a private golf club where he and his friends could play golf in peace and quiet. For several years, he searched for a property near Atlanta where he could develop his own golf club. His friend Clifford Roberts, a New York City investment dealer, knew of Jones's desire, became aware of a promising property for sale in Augusta, Georgia, where Jones's mother-in-law had grown up, and informed Jones about it. Jones first visited Fruitlands, an Augusta arboretum and indigo plantation since the Civil War era, in the spring of 1930, and he purchased it for $70,000 in 1931, with the plan to design a golf course on the site.

This wonderful piece of history contains an autographed photo of golfing legend Bobby Jones sitting on a bench at Augusta National GC. The photo has been inscribed: For Alan Abrams, With Best Wishes, Bob Jones. This beautiful piece of memorabilia also contains an Augusta National Golf Club dinner plate by Lenox. Given as a gift to members of Augusta National Golf Club and participants of the Masters Tournament beginning in 1992 and ending in 1997, the plates are highly collectible and difficult to find. Featured on the bottom of the plate is the year it was produced and its identification number.

Framed Dimensions: 22” x 29.5”

Golf Links To The Past is proud to guarantee the authenticity of every autograph we sell. In addition, we provide appropriate documentation from official licensees who have commissioned private signings or we employ the services of the two leading independent autograph authenticating companies — James Spence Authentication (JSA) or PSA/DNA.

Item: ASM1630