When Bobby Jones won The Open Championship, the U.S. Open, the U.S. Amateur, and the Amateur Championship in 1930, the press struggled with what to call this achievement that no one thought possible. O.B. Keeler used a bridge term, "The Grand Slam." According to George Trevor of the New York Sun, Jones "stormed the impregnable quadrilateral of golf." Keeler later wrote, "This victory, the fourth major title in the same season and in the space of four months, had now and for all time entrenched Bobby Jones safely within the "Impregnable Quadrilateral of Golf," that granite fortress that he alone could take by escalade, and that others may attack in vain, forever."
Jones was diagnosed with syringomyelia in 1944, a rare and degenerative disease of the central nervous system. Jones would battle the disease for 23 years, first using a cane, then leg braces and finally in a wheelchair. During the final years of his life Jones could not even hold a pen. When Jones was asked about his crippling disease his response spoke volumes about the kind of man he was, "In life, as in golf, we all have to play the ball as it lies."
This handsome silver toned metal repair tool and ball marker commemorates Bobby Jones" 1930 Impregnable Quadrilateral with a 1930 Buffalo Nickel on the front side of the repair tool. Imprinted around the rim of the front side is "Impregnable Quadrilateral 1930" as well as Jones lucky shamrock (Bobby Jones was born on St. Patrick's Day in 1902 and always wore a shamrock charm on his pocket watch chain.). Imprinted on the back around the rim is Jones famous quote, "In life, as in golf, we all have to play the ball as it lies." The ball marker on the back of the repair tool is magnetic and features an image of Bobby Jones on one side and Golf Links to the Past logo on the flip side. Also included is a carrying pouch.