Neither of the Olmans met Jones, but they did, in the early 1990s, advise Robert Tyre Jones IV on how to dispose of the golf memorabilia that was part of his grandfather's estate. "He came to us after the Atlanta Athletic Club offered him $75,000 for everything, which included trophies, medals, books, a watch and all sorts of other stuff," says Mort. "I told him the lot was worth $1 million. He eventually sold it to the Atlanta History Center for $800,000."
The Olmans have also worked closely with Ben Crenshaw, a golf-history buff. "The pieces they've helped me acquire are too numerous to mention," says Crenshaw, "but what epitomizes the Olmans is their generosity. Recently, after my dad died, one of the first letters to arrive was from them. They're world-class collectors but even better friends."