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A Message from our Friend Linton Hopkins

March 26, 2020 1 min read

 
 
 
Linton is a retired neurologist who first visited East Lake in 1989 and was inspired to write down stories he was told about Bobby Jones. He lives in Atlanta with Priscilla, his wife of fifty-eight years. They have two children and five grandchildren. In 2019 he published East Lake — Where Bobby Learned to Play. Recently he sent us this letter.

Dear friends at Onward Reserve:

Like faith and family, in hard times we find comfort in our friends, in poems and songs, in comforting words. Retirement has given me the chance to write and enjoy favorite passages in books.

Grantland Rice, the greatest sportswriter in the twenties and thirties, wrote this about the swing of Bobby Jones:

        One might as well try to describe
        the smoothness of the wind as to
        paint a clear picture of his complete swing.

His writing is not appreciated as much as his golf, but it was as smooth as his swing. The short passage below is from his speech to the people of St. Andrews in 1958. He was 56.

Thanks for asking me to contribute.

Linton Hopkins

Above is an excerpt from his book, Golf is My Game.

Click to watch Bobby Jones's golf swing

Thank you, Linton. We're looking forward to more contributions from you!


Signed Copy of East Lake: Where Bobby Learned to Play - OnwardReserve


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