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man’s meeting place, and, above all,
the ultimate clubhouse/man cave.
The main draw is a large collection
of state-of-the-art simulators that
are rented by the hour. Along with
a putting green that rolls with eerie
realism, the overall goal is authenticity.
Teaching pros are welcome to use the
facility for lessons, and tournament
players are encouraged to try out their
midnight-inspired swing thoughts.
There’s a good chance customers will see Tomko. When I stopped
in March 20, Tomko was more than
gracious, but I couldn’t lose the feeling
that I was looking into the dead eyes of
William Munny in “Unforgiven.” Just
more authenticity. —Jaime Diaz
Jones historian gives
vast archive to Emory
�� Though he’s often praised as the
living authority on Bobby Jones, Sidney
Matthew—whose 25 years of research
have produced an immense archive—is
not immune to a certain aspect of
“My wife told me, ‘We need to downsize. Or when you die, I’m hauling it
all away to the curb,’” said Matthew,
62, who has donated his archive to
Emory University. “I believe her.
Besides, I’ve never seen anybody with
a U-Haul attached to his hearse.”
Matthew’s interest in Jones was
sparked in the late ’70s when his law
firm litigated against Jones’ old firm
in a case regarding the Dalkon Shield
intrauterine device. His research
began at Emory, a school both Mat-
thew and Jones
attended and that
for allowing him
reason to put the
they’ll keep it
open?” said Mat-
thew. “They won’t
hoard or com-
Given the de-
mand for Jones
his green jacket
from 1937 sold
for $310,700 at
a 2011 auction—
in his collection before donating?
“If you scatter it to the winds, then
scholars won’t be able to access it,”
said Matthew, who called Jones, “a
hero before and after 5 o’clock,” and
praised him for never trying to cash in
on his celebrity. “We haven’t exhausted the subject matter. You will see
PhD dissertations come out of this.
Matthew says the experience of
compiling the archive far outweighs
whatever it might be worth, and he
channels the admirably modest Jones
in explaining his decision.
“This has opened up doors to friend-
ships that I never would have imag-
ined,” said Matthew. “Golf is a people
business. Jones once said, ‘Friends are
a man’s priceless treasures.’ ”
According to Emory, the archive has
been processed and is available for
viewing in the school’s Manuscript,
Archives and Rare Book Library.
LPGA players voice
�� How do you think the conversation
will go when Tiger Woods and Phil
Mickelson get ready for an 18-hole playoff at noon Monday at the U.S. Open
and are told Pinehurst No. 2 will be
open for practice from 7 a.m. until 10 for
contestants in the U.S. Women’s Open?
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Bruce Jones: Spieth. Reed is going to injure himself patting
himself on the back.
Jenny Bethune: Reed—he is hungry. Monday qualifying made
him an aggressive player, and a great closer.
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