1926 George Von Elm Upsets Bob Jones in U.S. Amateur
Bob Jones’ bid for an unprecedented third consecutive U.S. Amateur title was ended by 25-year-old George Von Elm of Los Angeles, Calif., 2 and 1, in the 36-hole final at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. Jones, a 24-year-old from Atlanta, Ga., had won the 1924 and ’25 Amateur titles and was the favorite to accomplish the three-peat. Von Elm had twice beaten Jones on the national stage before, however this was his biggest victory. Although Jones was the overwhelming favorite, it was Von Elm who played better in the final. At the 35th hole, with some 15,000 spectators surrounding the green, Jones had a chance to extend the match, but he missed a 10-footer for birdie. Von Elm became the first player from west of the Mississippi to claim the Havemeyer Trophy, as nobody west of Chicago had ever won the Amateur.