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But my pleasure
stopped when Tower abandoned reporting in favor of opinion. Personally I'm not
at all interested when Tower confessed to me that, "Sadly, I have to
conclude that he [Swaps] didn't like competition...." And I am annoyed when
he pressures me "to conclude" something I haven't the faintest desire
to conclude one way or another. Please stick to simple reporting.
?One more reading is in order. Whitney Tower "confessed" nothing. He was quoting SI's Los Angeles correspondent, an expert observer, who had given his conclusion after seeing the race on television.—ED.
THE SPIRIT OF THE
There is a magnificent picture in oil of him hanging in the clubroom. His mashie-iron with which he played a fabulous shot in the 1926 Open at St. Anne's is hanging on the wall in the foyer. A large album containing the actual scorecards with Jones's signatures and many photographs, mostly of him, is in a prominent place in the clubroom. Out on the course in a sand trap on the 17th hole is a plaque of bronze, forever marking the spot from which the aforementioned shot was played.
The members spoke
of Jones as though he had played there at some very recent time, a true living
memory. On reflection, I felt it was incredible that Bobby had actually played
and won his British Open there 29 years previously and at the tender age of 24
years! What a magnificent spirit and personality this man must have had to have
generated this kind of worship and reverence and to have had it last unchanged
for 29 years!
Invariably I pin several of their products every week on the bulletin board in the large office where I work. Popular demand has grown to such an extent that I must continue or else.