Bobby Jones at Oakland
In the “Golden Age of American Sport,” no athlete captured the public imagination like Atlanta’s own Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones Jr. Born in nearby Grant Park in 1902, Jones popularized golf on an international stage. His sportsmanship called attention to the game’s traditions, and his success and personal character on and off the course continue to inspire. His 14-year playing career culminated in 1930 when he became the only golfer to achieve a Grand Slam by winning golf’s four major tournaments in the same year. Two months later, he retired from competitive golf to devote time to his family, career, and his native city of Atlanta.
Bobby Jones became golf’s beloved ambassador and helped establish Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament. He played in the first 12 tournaments and served as the non-playing host until 1968.
Bobby Jones died on December 18, 1971, and is buried here at OaklandCemetery next to his wife, Mary Malone Jones. Also buried on the family lot are John and Mary Malone (Mary’s parents); Edwards Malone (Mary’s uncle); John Malone and Matthew Malone (Mary’s brothers); and Clara Jones Black (Bobby and Mary Jones’ eldest daughter.) Today, visitors to the family lot leave golf balls, notes, tees, and other artifacts to honor Atlanta’s legendary golfer.