Named for his paternal grandfather, Robert Tyre Jones, Jr. is born on March 17, 1902, in Atlanta, to Robert and Clara Jones, and grows up across the street from East Lake Country Club.
By the age of six, he is playing golf. Instead of formal lessons, he tags behind East Lake’s golf pro Stewart Maiden, mimicking the Scotsman’s swing. He wins his first competition at the East Lake Children’s Tournament.
At 14, Jones wins the Georgia State Amateur Championship. He becomes the youngest competitor in the U.S. Amateur at Merion Cricket Club near Philadelphia, losing the quarterfinal.