THE BOBBY JONES CHIARI & SYRINGOMYELIA FOUNDATION

The Jones Family has partnered with CSF to form the Bobby Jones Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation!

Bobby Jones Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation:

about bobby jones

If Bobby Jones could have had his way, he would be remembered for being the only man in history to
win golf’s Grand Slam (all four major championships in the same year), or perhaps for founding the
Masters Tournament. Being an intensely private man, no one would have ever known that he was
battling a disease that was slowly robbing him of the athletic powers that made him one of the greatest
athletes of his generation…
Yet, this private man had been forced by celebrity to live in the limelight. Now, in the latter half of his
life, he was confronted with syringomyelia, a devasting disease of the nervous system. He was a man
who neither wanted sympathy, nor patronization. He simply wanted a semblance of normalcy, a
normal life that his abilities as a golfer had denied him.

He had acquired syringomyelia in a freak accident during a thunderstorm in 1929. His symptoms
became noticeable in 1948 and finally diagnosed in 1950. Over the ensuing years, he would go from leg
braces, to a cane, to a walker, to a wheelchair, and, finally, to a bed. As his condition deteriorated, his
physical symptoms became too much to hide. Yet, even in the face of increasing disability, he continued
to carry on as much as he could with the normal activities of life. After all, as he would say often, “In life,
as in golf, you play the ball where you find it.”

That attitude, that spirit of sportsmanship, was what endeared him to golf fans on both sides of the
Atlantic. It was the same spirit that touched the many friends and family members who watched him
wrestle this implacable foe. His courage, good humor, and grace did not go unnoticed. Bobby Jones
would die from his disease twenty-one years later in December of 1971, leaving behind a legacy of
excellence, honor, and integrity, that remains unmatched to this day. His family has been committed to
preserving and enhancing this precious heritage since then.

To that end, the Bobby Jones Family is proud to announce a new partnership with the Chiari
Syringomyelia Foundation, now known as The Bobby Jones Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation. With
every person that our foundation touches, the legacy of Bobby Jones lives on. From our partnerships
with medical centers around the world, to our invaluable work with the National Institutes of Health,
to providing information to patients and family members, the Bobby Jones CSF offers hope and
understanding. It brings the values of the greatest athlete of his day to the modern world, because
hope never goes out of style.