Welcome to the Bobby Jones Open - Golf Tournament Web Site
Every year since 1979, Bob Joneses from around the world have gathered to play golf in honor of the "original" Bob. Over 350 Bobs from 38 states and 4 countries have participated in the tournaments. The Bobby Jones Open is committed to providing continuing support for Syringomyelia research, rehabilitation or related subjects in a relentless search for a cure for this crippling disease. As of August 2011, we have raised over $270,000.
Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones is considered the greatest amateur golfer ever. In 1930 at the age of 28, he won the U.S. and British Opens and the U.S. and British Amateur Championships. To date, no one has duplicated that record (more on Jones' golf achievements). Sadly, he was stricken with Syringomyelia, a disorder of the spinal nerves which eventually led to his death in 1971.
Any Jones whose first name is Robert, Bobby, or some variation thereof is eligible to join the organization. The only other qualification is that you must love golf and its history. The purpose of the organization is, through friendship and camaraderie, to honor the "original Bobby Jones" and the love and respect he had for the game.
The 2012 Bobby Jones Open
The 34th annual Bobby Jones Open was held in Grand Rapids, Michign June 11-13, 2012. We played the Thousand Oaks Golf Club and stayed at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Look for coverage on the Golf Channel on July 16, 2012! Thanks to Arjay and Diane for hosting!
It was announced we'll be playing in the Poconos (PA) next year, hosted by "Bugs". Dates will be announced soon.
Please contact "R.D." Bob for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-332-4431).
BOBBY JONES TRIVIA: Bobby Jones was a sick child and was unable to eat solid food until he was five years old. When Bobby was eleven years old he shot a score of 80 on the par 73 course at East Lake. November 17, 1930; “Fourteen years of intense tournament play in this country and abroad have given me about all I wanted in the way of hard work in the game. I had reached the point where I felt that my profession required more of my time and effort leaving golf in its proper place, a means of obtaining recreation and enjoyment.” On that day Bobby Jones retired from Golf. In addition to Bobby Jones’ phenomenal athletic achievements he earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering, English Literature and Law.
Proceeds from the golf tournament and other fund raising efforts enabled the first “ Bobby Jones Symposium on Syringomyelia” to be convened at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan in March of 1985. Attended by principal neurology and neurosurgery experts, the conference focused attention on the direction of current research projects and diagnostic procedures. In June, 1990, Dr. Bernard Williams, a Syringomyelia specialist from London, England was the primary speaker at a Syringomyelia mini conference at Beaumont, before going on to attend the ASAP meeting in Nashville. Dr. Williams has done over 400 Syringomyelia surgeries and is by far the most published clinical researcher in the world on Syringomyelia.
In 1988 the newly formed group, American Syringomyelia Alliance Project, (ASAP), attended our tournament for the first time. This enabled the new ASAP membership to meet others with the same affliction and become able to cope with their common disorder. The Bobby Jones Open has contributed to their organizations with the fervent hope that a remedy or at least some relief can be found in the not too distant future. Robert A. Jones, “Computer Bob”, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Bobby Jones Open, was a member of the board of directors of ASAP.
Beginning in the spring of 1992, the Syringomyelia Hotline was established by the Bobby Jones Open in conjunction with the Beaumont Foundation and in support of ASAP goals. The Hotline has established a communication between over 5,000 hospitals, doctors and nurses who have questions regarding Syringomyelia and their patients. An 800 telephone line was set up by ASAP Headquarters and is manned by a staff member who researches and/ or coordinates incoming calls.
In June of 1994 the U.S. Congress sponsored a National Institute of Health “Workshop on Syringomyelia” attended by researchers, physicians and lay people from the U.S. and Europe. The Bobby Jones Open hosted the luncheon and Computer Bob spoke about the Open and its goals. In 1995 the Open sponsored a special study on Syringomyelia at Duke University, as well as paid for a National Directory of Neurosurgeons prepared by two ASAP board members. In 1996 we collaborated with a Beaumont doctor to create and print a new brochure on Syringomyelia. Currently we have established a program to provide Durable Medical equipment to ASAP members on a grant basis.
The Bobby Jones Open has expanded its efforts to attract corporate and individual sponsorships and has incorporated as a recognized non-profit organization in order to extend full tax exemption privileges to donors. Because of everyone’s generosity, The Bobby Jones Open has become an official member of the William Beaumont Society, an organization committed to continuing medical research, including Syringomyelia. As of August 2005 the Bobby Jones Open has raised over $193,000 for Syringomyelia research, recovery, scholarships, and support.
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