ARDMORE, Pa. — Whoever wins the 113th US Open will join an elite roster of champions at Merion Golf Club, and add to the club’s rich history, which rivals any in the country.
They’ve got the pictures and plaques and trophies and memorabilia to prove it, not to mention those wicker baskets that serve as flagsticks.
Want proof? Let’s take a stroll inside Merion’s clubhouse. Remove your cap, please (club rule), and head for the trophy room. True, many clubs have nice displays, but Merion’s collection includes replicas of all the US Golf Association championships the club has held. That’s a healthy list, since no club in the country has hosted more USGA championships than Merion; this week’s US Open makes a very symbolic 18. There’s the Walker Cup (2009) in the corner, close to the lunch patio, which is no more than 20 feet from the first tee.
In the middle of the room are duplicates of the four trophies won by Bobby Jones during his Grand Slam year of 1930. The US Amateur (six times) and US Open (now five) have long relationships with Merion; the British Open and British Amateur have never been played here, obviously, but those replicas honor the 1930 accomplishment of Jones, who made his major championship debut at Merion in the 1916 Amateur, then won it for the first time here in 1924.
Look closer, at the framed scorecard from Jones’s victory in the final match of the 1930 US Amateur, which capped his remarkable year and gave him the impregnable quadrilateral. Later shortened, thankfully, to the Grand Slam. He beat Eugene Homans in the 36-hole final, 8 and 7. But on the next-to-last hole, the short par-4 10th, both players took double bogey, for an ugly, unlikely halve. Jones circled both 6s on the scorecard, then wrote “Ha ha” above it. Funny.
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