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Bobby Jones Golf Course, American, founded 1932  Search this
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Carl Seldon, American  Search this
City of Atlanta Department of Parks & Recreation, American, founded 1858  Search this
ink on paper
H x W: 3 1/2 × 11 in. (8.9 × 27.9 cm)
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Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1983
Carl Seldon was the first African American Golf Pro at Bobby Jones Golf Course where he worked from 1980-1986. Almost thirty years prior to his appointment, in 1951 Alfred (Tup) Holmes, his brother Oliver, their father, Dr. Hamilton M. Holmes, and friend Charles T. Bell were turned away from the public Bobby Jones course because they were African American. In 1955, their case Holmes v. Atlanta, the case that desegregated public golf, went all the way to the Supreme Court, where in 1955 the Court ruled favor of Holmes.
A scorecard for the Bobby Jones Golf Course in Atlanta, Georgia. The scorecard folds in half, forming a small booklet. It is printed on white paper with green text and illustrations. On the front of the scorecard is the name of the course printed near the top, right corner in block text that reads: [BOBBY JONES / GOLF COURSE / ATLANTA, GEORGIA]. In the bottom right corner is text that reads: [Carl Seldon / PGA / Gold Professional]. On the right side of the front cover is an illustration of the seal of the City of Atlanta, Bureau of Parks and Recreation, with the name of the bureau printed in a circle around an illustration of a tree with a banner stretched across the inner circle of the seal that reads: [Leisure Services]. The back of the scorecard booklet is an illustrated map of the golf course, noting the rules, hazards and boundaries of the course. Taking up both interior pages of the booklet is the scorecard laid out in a grid. The top row of the grid identifies the hole numbers. Below it are the blue and white tee boxes followed by their respective yardages, men’s par followed by the par per hole, handicap strokes, a won and lost row, ladies’ par followed by the par per hole, and the red tee box followed yardage. Below the grid are blank lines for the user to fill out the [Date], [Scorer], and [Attested]. There are no marks on the front, back or interior pages of the scorecard.
African American  Search this
American South  Search this
Golf  Search this
Recreation  Search this
Sports  Search this
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Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Carl Seldon
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