Golf's Golden Age: The Legendary Players of the 10s and 20s - David Normoyle
March 1, 2009
The golden age of American golf featured the sports greatest players at the peak of their careers. Legends such as Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen, and Glenna Collett were embraced by the mass media generating massive exposure for the game, and established the gentlemen's game as a major American pastime.
Few came to define the golden age of golf more than Bobby Jones, whose skill, grace, and integrity captured the nation¹s imagination. The legendary amateur from Atlanta, Georgia, attracted a gallery of 18,000 to watch him take on Eugene Homans in the 36-hole U.S. Open. In 1930, Bobby Jones managed golf¹s greatest achievement, the Grand Slam, by winning the U.S. Amateur Open, British Amateur, U.S. Open and British Open Championships in a single season, an unprecedented and unmatched feat in the history of the game.
David Normoyle is the Assistant Director of the United States Golf Association Museum, and author of Golf¹s Golden Age: Bobby Jones and the Legendary Players of the 10s, 20s, and 30s.