2019 November Golf Memorabilia Auction
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Bryon Nelson Signed 1939 US Open 8x10 Photo w/ Inscription About that Day


"I hope you have the luck I had this day, Sincerely Byron Nelson" was inscribed on a time-period 1939 US Open Trophy ceremony picture. The '39 Open was tightly contested and went to a three-player 18 hole playoff. This easily could have been expanded to four or won outright by Sam Snead who took an eight on the final hole of play. In attendance that day and on the deciding 72nd hole for Snead was golfing legend, Bobby Jones. In the playoff,Byron Nelson and Craig Wood each shot 68 to eliminate Denny Shute who carded 76. This setup another playoff the following day highlighted by Lord Byron holing out a 215 yard one iron on the fourth hole for eagle to pace his 70-73 win over Wood. The 1939 Open was the only men's Championship contested at the historic Philadelphia Country Club, and also Nelson's lone Open victory among his five majors. Philadelphia C.C. had its origin in 1890 and was started as a Polo field and club for Philadelphia society. There is an inch long tear from the bottom of the photo, shown in the pictures. James Spence Authentication (JSA) has reviewed this signature and their auction letter of authenticity comes with this lot.

Rod Munday Collection
A contemporary of Ben Hogan, Jimmy Demaret, Sam Snead, and Paul Runyan, Rod Munday traveled the same proving ground as many of the touring and club professionals in a career that spanned over 50 years. His friendship with those individuals and fellow teaching professionals lasted throughout his life as a pro golfer that started in Northern California and ended in Pennsylvania. Rod competed in many pro tournaments including both the 1940 and 1946 Masters Tournaments. He frequently qualified for and played in the PGA Championship from the 1930’s through the early 1960’s, and competed in the 1934, 1935, 1946, and 1947 US Open. If a putt would have fallen one way or another, Munday could have been a golfer that was mentioned in the same sentence as the legendary golfers of his day.

Munday, a World War II army vet who received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, was the preferred teaching professional for many celebrities and dignitaries, none larger than President and General Dwight D Eisenhower. Eisenhower became Rod’s #1 pupil at the Gettysburg Country Club in Pennsylvania. Munday was just as much a personal friend to these larger than life figures as a golf instructor. Many of the leading tour players such as 1941 Masters champion Craig Wood, considered Rod Munday one of the top putting minds of the 1950’s. Horton Smith, Byron Nelson, Henry Cotton, Jack Grout, and Gene Sarazen all kept in contact with Munday over the years. The allure to play exhibitions at Munday’s clubs at Highland Meadows in Toledo, Ohio and the Country Club of York in Pennsylvania was there for many, including visits and fundraisers attended by one of his closest friends, Ben Hogan.

The Golf Auction is proud to offer the Rod Munday Collection, helping to tell the story of the man himself.



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Bryon Nelson Signed 1939 US Open 8x10 Photo w/ Inscription About that Day JSA ALOABryon Nelson Signed 1939 US Open 8x10 Photo w/ Inscription About that Day JSA ALOABryon Nelson Signed 1939 US Open 8x10 Photo w/ Inscription About that Day JSA ALOABryon Nelson Signed 1939 US Open 8x10 Photo w/ Inscription About that Day JSA ALOA
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