Watts Gunn

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Watts Gunn
Personal information
Born(1905-01-11)January 11, 1905
Macon, Georgia, U.S.
DiedNovember 5, 1994(1994-11-05) (aged 89)
NationalityFlag of the United States.svg  United States
College Georgia Tech
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
PGA Championship DNP
U.S. Open 42nd: 1927
The Open Championship CUT: 1926
U.S. Amateur 2nd: 1925
British Amateur T17: 1926
Achievements and awards
Georgia Golf Hall of Fame(1989)

Watts Gunn (January 11, 1905 – November 5, 1994) was an American amateur golfer. He had a long golf career that began in his high school days at Lanier High School in Macon, Georgia. He went on to become a successful player in college at Georgia Tech when he was twice the winner of the Georgia Amateur, in 1923 and 1927. He was a winner of a number of other events in his career as well.

Georgia Tech Public university in the United States

The Georgia Institute of Technology, commonly referred to as Georgia Tech or Tech, is a public research university and institute of technology in Atlanta, Georgia. It is part of the University System of Georgia and has satellite campuses in Savannah, Georgia; Metz, France; Athlone, Ireland; Shenzhen, China; and Singapore.


Early life

Gunn was born in Macon, Georgia, on January 11, 1905. [1] At Lanier High School, he captained golf teams that never lost a match.

Macon, Georgia Consolidated city-county in Georgia, United States

Macon, officially Macon–Bibb County, is a consolidated city-county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. Macon lies near the geographic center of the state, approximately 85 miles (137 km) south of Atlanta, hence the city's nickname "The Heart of Georgia".

Golf career

He became a member of the Atlanta Athletic Club's East Lake Golf Club in the mid 1920s while a student at Georgia Tech. At East Lake Gunn took lessons from James Maiden. [2] Gunn's first major tournament win was in the 1923 Georgia Amateur. [3] At the 1925 U.S. Amateur, played at Oakmont Country Club, Gunn won 15 straight holes in the first round of the 36-hole match. In that tournament, he went to the finals and lost against friend and rival Bobby Jones, marking the only time two players from the same club ever met for the U.S. Amateur crown. [1]

East Lake Golf Club

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Oakmont Country Club United States historic place

Oakmont Country Club is a country club in the eastern United States, located mostly in Plum with only a very small portion of the property located in Oakmont, suburbs of Pittsburgh in western Pennsylvania. None of the area in play of the golf course is actually located in Oakmont. Established 116 years ago in 1903, its golf course is regarded as the "oldest top-ranked golf course in the United States." It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The Pennsylvania Turnpike separates seven holes (2–8) from the rest of the course.

Georgia Amateur

Gunn won the Georgia Amateur title again in 1927. [3] In 1927, he won the Southern and National Intercollegiate tournaments, and the following year he won the Southern Amateur and the Southern Open. Gunn was a member of the United States Walker Cup teams in 1926 and 1928, winning all four of his matches. [1] He later served as president of the Atlanta Athletic Club from 1953 to 1954.

The Southern Amateur is an amateur golf tournament. It has been played since 1902 and is organized by the Southern Golf Association. From 1902 to 1963, it was played at match play. Since 1964, it has been played at stroke play.

The Walker Cup is a golf trophy contested in odd-numbered years by leading amateur golfers in two teams: United States, and Great Britain and Ireland. The official name is the Walker Cup Match. It is organised by The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA). In 1921 the Royal Liverpool Golf Club hosted an unofficial contest which was followed by official annual contests from 1922 through 1924. From 1925 they became biennial, held on even-number years. After World War II they switched to odd-numbered years. They are held alternately in the U.S., and Ireland or Britain.

The 1928 Walker Cup, the 5th Walker Cup Match, was played on August 30 and 31, 1928, at Chicago Golf Club, Wheaton, Illinois. The United States won by 11 matches to 1.

Death and legacy

Gunn died on November 5, 1994. He was inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame on January 14, 1989. [4] [5] He is best remembered for winning the Georgia Amateur twice, in 1924 and again in 1927.

Amateur wins

Note: This list may be incomplete

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