Bobby Jones completed the historic grand slam in 1930 by capturing his final U.S. Amateur
It was on this day that Amateur phenomenon Bobby Jones captured his fourth straight national victory completing the first possible “Grand Slam” as we know it. Jones had defeated the 22-year-old Eugene Vanderpool Homans of Englewood, New Jersey to complete the greatest feat in golf. In the year 1930, Jones had won the British Amateur, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship, and now the U.S. Amateur.
At this point there wasn’t much left for Bobby Jones to conquer in the golfing world…he was now 28 and still a citizen-lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia. Jones loved Merion. He got his first lickings there in 1916 as a talented but inexperienced 14-year-old. He won his second major and first U.S. Amateur Championship there in 1924, and he became the first, and only, player in the game’s history to win all four major championships in the same season there in 1930. Merion’s lore is unmistakable, producing some of the game’s great champions and finest moments, but perhaps none more memorable than Jones and his capstone to the Grand Slam.
In conclusion, Jones retired from golf at the age of 29, shortly after winning the Grand Slam. Over the course of his career, he won four U.S. Opens, five U.S. Amateurs, three British Opens and one British Amateur. His total of 15 major tournaments wasn’t surpassed until Jack Nicklaus won his 16th major in 1980. The next chapter of Jones life involved the creation of Augusta Country Club and eventually The Masters…A Tradition Unlike Any Other.
Josh Morris is the Editor of Golf History Today. A proud USGA Volunteer and golf enthusiast. In his free time he enjoys being a weekend caddie as well as playing as much as he can.