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Atlanta honour Bobby Jones

The Atlanta History Center, site of the largest public exhibition on Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones Jr. Jones' life and career, will celebrate his accomplishments and contributions to the game of golf at a black tie dinner on Mar. 17, 2002, museum officials have announced. Next year marks the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Tickets to the event are currently available only through sponsorships that will build an endowment to support expansion of the exhibition and related programming. A total of 50 tables are available.

Charles R. Yates, the 1938 British Amateur Champion and close friend of Jones, will serve as the event's honorary chairman. He is joined by Anne Hood Laird and Bob Jones IV, Jones's grandchildren, as co-chairs. Peter Kessler of the Golf Channel will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

Among the event's sponsors is Alston & Bird LLP, the firm that Jones joined in 1927 and where he spent his career as a lawyer. The Atlanta Athletic Club, where Jones was a member, and Emory University, where Jones attended law school, have also are sponsors.

Attendees will include a contingent from the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, who will host a dinner for Jones' birthday on Mar. 15 and then fly across the Atlantic to join the Center's celebration. Jones won the 1927 British Open and the 1930 British Amateur on St. Andrews' famous Old Course.

Members from Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., where Jones won the U.S. Amateur in 1924 and 1930, will also sponsor the event. Jones' win at Merion in 1930 is particularly significant because it completed his Grand Slam.

"This event will be the first time all of the universities, clubs, associations and businesses associated with Jones have come together to celebrate his exemplary life," said Catherine M. Lewis, Ph.D., curator of "Down the Fairway with Bobby Jones" exhibition at the museum and author of "Considerable Passions: Golf, the Masters and the Legacy of Bobby Jones," explained. "The Center welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with all of our friends to honor Atlanta's favorite son."

"Down the Fairway With Bobby Jones" shows how Jones and Georgia played pivotal roles in golf's history. The exhibition covers the early history of golf, the age of the amateur and the modern era of the game which highlights the proliferation of public golf courses, advancement of women in the game, the desegregation of Atlanta's courses and rise of the professional golfer.

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