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BOBBY JONES PERSONAL SHAG BAG, WITH PROVENANCE

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Original circa 1950's personal shag/range bag belonging to Atlanta native golfer, Robert Tyre Jones. Canvas bag with brown leather, personalized with name in original stencil "R. T. Jones JR." Shown with three unassociated golf balls and copy of photograph of Bobby Jones, all housed in lucite and wood display case. Approx. of bag, h. 10.25", w. 8", d. 3.5". Approx. of case, h.12.25", sq. 15.25".

Provenance: From a Private Collection, Atlanta, GA; a gift from Bobby Jones.

Catalogue Note, an account of the gift: "In the Spring of 1953, I was going to play golf in Atlanta, GA. I saw Bobby Jones hitting balls with his seven iron on the practice tee near the first hole. Bob had his crutches leaning on a chair close to where I was standing. When he noticed me, he stopped, smiled, and greeted me by name. He asked me to put his crutches on the ground and sit down for awhile. He continued to hit balls, stopping to tell me stories about himself, and he kept hitting until he was done. During our conversation, I noticed his caddie standing down the fairway, and all of the balls that Bob hit landed and stopped within a few yards of each other at the caddie's feet. After all were hit, the caddie gathered the balls into Bob's shag bag, walked back to the tee, and handed the bag to Bob. I was astonished by what happened next: Bob turned to me, held out the full bag, and said, "I will not need this anymore. I want you to have it." Later, in the clubhouse, I told the story to three friends and showed them the bag - they thought I had seen him hit the last balls he ever hit."

Atlanta native Bobby Jones was an influential amateur golfer winning four U.S. Open Championships, with thirteen overall championship wins. After his retirement in 1930, Jones would found and assist in designing the Augusta National Golf Club, as well as co-founding the Masters Tournament.
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BOBBY JONES PERSONAL SHAG BAG, WITH PROVENANCE

Estimate $25,000 - $50,000
Jan 16
Starting Price $5,000
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0346: BOBBY JONES PERSONAL SHAG BAG, WITH PROVENANCE

Sold for $22,500
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Est. $25,000 - $50,000Starting Price $5,000
New Year's Signature Estates Auction - Day 1
Sat, Jan 16, 2021 10:00 AM
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Lot 0346 Details

Description
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Original circa 1950's personal shag/range bag belonging to Atlanta native golfer, Robert Tyre Jones. Canvas bag with brown leather, personalized with name in original stencil "R. T. Jones JR." Shown with three unassociated golf balls and copy of photograph of Bobby Jones, all housed in lucite and wood display case. Approx. of bag, h. 10.25", w. 8", d. 3.5". Approx. of case, h.12.25", sq. 15.25".

Provenance: From a Private Collection, Atlanta, GA; a gift from Bobby Jones.

Catalogue Note, an account of the gift: "In the Spring of 1953, I was going to play golf in Atlanta, GA. I saw Bobby Jones hitting balls with his seven iron on the practice tee near the first hole. Bob had his crutches leaning on a chair close to where I was standing. When he noticed me, he stopped, smiled, and greeted me by name. He asked me to put his crutches on the ground and sit down for awhile. He continued to hit balls, stopping to tell me stories about himself, and he kept hitting until he was done. During our conversation, I noticed his caddie standing down the fairway, and all of the balls that Bob hit landed and stopped within a few yards of each other at the caddie's feet. After all were hit, the caddie gathered the balls into Bob's shag bag, walked back to the tee, and handed the bag to Bob. I was astonished by what happened next: Bob turned to me, held out the full bag, and said, "I will not need this anymore. I want you to have it." Later, in the clubhouse, I told the story to three friends and showed them the bag - they thought I had seen him hit the last balls he ever hit."

Atlanta native Bobby Jones was an influential amateur golfer winning four U.S. Open Championships, with thirteen overall championship wins. After his retirement in 1930, Jones would found and assist in designing the Augusta National Golf Club, as well as co-founding the Masters Tournament.

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