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Watts Gunn papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Gunn, Watts, 1905-1994
Title: Watts Gunn papers
Dates: 1923-1993, undated
Quantity: 0.42 linear ft. (one document case)
Identification: ahc.MSS960

Biographical/Historical Note

Watts Gunn (1905-1994) was born in Macon, Georgia, on January 11,1905. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Gunn. He attended Macon Lanier High School then furthered his education and golf career at Georgia Institute of Technology. Golf history was made when he set the world record for international championship golf by winning fifteen straight holes in the first round of a thiry-six-hole match at the U.S. Amateur tournament in 1925. There, Gunn, also known as "The Southern Hurricane," made it to the finals to compete against friend and rival Bobby Jones. In 1925, he was also East Lake Country Club champion. In both 1926 and 1928, he and Bobby Jones played on Walker Cup teams in Scotland and Chicago, Illinois, that defeated the British teams. At the age of 89, he became the oldest living American Walker Club team player. Gunn took the Georgia Amateur title in 1926 and 1928. He was the National Collegiate Athletic Association Golf Champion in 1927. As a long time Georgia Tech Alumni Association member, he served as president of the Atlanta Athletic Club in 1953 and 1954. Before his death on November 5, 1994 in Atlanta, Watts Gunn was featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not and inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletic of Fame, the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, the Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame, the United States Seniors' Golf Association, and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. He was married to Jane Forrester. Additional biographical information has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

The Watts Gunn Papers, donated in his memory in 1999 by his wife, include newspaper clippings and correspondence relating to his golf career which spanned more than seven decades. Also included are programs from his many inductions into halls of fame, a rules card from Muirfield, Scotland, and certificates of achievement.

Index Terms

Atlanta Athletic Club.
Georgia Golf Hall of Fame.
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
Gunn, Watts, 1905-1994
NCAA Men's Golf Championship (1927 : Garden City, NY).
Southern Golf Association.
U. S. Amateur Golf Tournament (1925 : Pittsburgh, Pa.).
United States Seniors' Golf Association.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Watts Gunn papers, MSS 960, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1990

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2000.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




11Newspaper clipping, mid-week pictorial, Gunn and Bobby Jones, 1925
2Rules card, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1926
3Georgia Institute of Technology, 1978
4Atlanta Athletic Club, 1988-1992
5Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, 1988-1991
6Biographical information, 1985-1987
7Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, 1985
8Miscellaneous correspondence, 1986-1993
9Southern Golf Association, 1990-1991
10United States Seniors' Golf Association, 1980, 1990
11Telegrams, 1923-1927, undated
12Miscellaneous clippings, undated