- USGA photo
On September 27, 1930, Bob Jones
the greatest year in the history of golf
with his victory at the U.S. Amateur at
Cricket Club’s East Course in Ardmore,
Pa., defeating Eugene Homans of
N.J., 8 and 7, in the 36-hole
The victory gave the 28-year-old from
Ga., the “Grand Slam.” He had won
the U.S. and British Opens, and the U.S.
British Amateur titles, a feat that had
never been achieved and was thought to
unachievable. A crowd of 18,000 came
out to watch the final and witness history.
Jones held a 7-up lead over Homans after
the morning round and cruised to the
It was his ninth USGA title and
came at the same golf course where
Jones made his USGA debut as a 14-year-
at the 1916 U.S. Amateur. Jones retired
from competitive golf in November 1930
still in the prime of his career to devote
more time to his family and law practice.
As for Homans, Google searches will bring
name up again and again alongside that
of Jones as the player who lost in the
And to think, he didn't even get the
consolation prize that today's U.S.
runner-up leaves with, an invitation to the
Masters. That tournament, and Augusta
National for that matter, was just a
in Jones' eye in 1930.
Legendary golf writer Herbert Warren
a 1955 Sports Illustrated story about
the silver anniversary of Jones' feat,
Homans' daunting task this way:
"If there ever was an assignment in golf,
sports in general, that no one relished
filling, it was to be the other finalist in the
1930 Amateur, the one person standing
between Jones and the completion of the
Grand Slam. This was the lot that fell to
Eugene V. Homans, a gaunt, bespectacled
Princeton graduate with the solemn air of
deacon about him even when he was
in plus fours and bright argyle socks.
Gene Homans was a very capable golfer
furthermore, a match player with plenty
of fight. For instance, he had pulled out his
semifinal round after standing 5 down.
Against Jones, try as he did, Homans could
never get going, maybe because, despite
his efforts to win, he could never escape
discomfiture of the role in which
circumstance had cast him."
ABOUT THE U.S. Amateur
The U.S. Amateur, the oldest USGA
championship, was first played in 1895 at
Newport Golf Club in Rhode Island. The
which has no age restriction, is open to
with a Handicap Index of 2.4 or lower. It is
of 13 national championships conducted
annually by the USGA, 10 of which are
for amateurs. It is the pre-eminent
competition in the world.
Applications are typically placed online, starting
third week in April at www.usga.org.
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