Travers playing in the 1915 U.S. Open
|Full name||Jerome Dunstan Travers|
May 19, 1887|
New York City, New York
March 29, 1951 (aged 63)|
East Hartford, Connecticut
|Best results in major championships|
|U.S. Open||Won: 1915|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|U.S. Amateur||Won: 1907, 1908, 1912, 1913|
|British Amateur||T129: 1909, 1914|
|Achievements and awards|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||1976 (member page)|
Jerome Dunstan "Jerry" Travers (May 19, 1887 – March 29, 1951) was one of the leading amateur golfers of the early 20th century. He won the U.S. Amateur in 1907, 1908, 1912 and 1913, the New Jersey Amateur three times, and the Metropolitan Amateur (New York) five times. He was regarded as one of the finest match play golfers of his time and had a famous rivalry with Walter Travis. He won the 1915 U.S. Open.
Travers was born on May 19, 1887 in New York City, New York.
On September 16, 1905, a then 18-year-old Travers partnered with Herbert Strong to tie for second place, shooting 72, in a four-ball tournament held at Fox Hills Golf Club on Staten Island as part of the 1905 Metropolitan Open. The stroke play portion of the tournament was won by Alex Smith.
In 1915 Travers won the U.S. Open at Baltusrol Golf Club, making him the second of the five amateurs to win the event. It was his only top ten finish in four appearances at the U.S. Open – he never entered the tournament again once he had won it.
Although all of Travers' notable victories came as an amateur, he later became a teaching professional and gave exhibitions.
Death and legacy
Travers died on March 29, 1951 in East Hartford, Connecticut. He is remembered as one of the finest amateur golfers of all time. He won the U.S. Amateur four times and the U.S. Open in 1915. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1976.
- 1904 Nassau Invitational
- 1906 Metropolitan Amateur, Eastern Scholastic, Lynnewood Hall Cup
- 1907 U.S. Amateur, Metropolitan Amateur, New Jersey Amateur
- 1908 U.S. Amateur, New Jersey Amateur, Morris County Invitation Tournament, Lynnewood Hall Cup
- 1910 Montclair G.C. Invitational
- 1911 Metropolitan Amateur, New Jersey Amateur
- 1912 U.S. Amateur, Metropolitan Amateur
- 1913 U.S. Amateur, Metropolitan Amateur, New Jersey Amateur
- 1914 Prince of Wales Medal
- 1915 U.S. Open, Lynnewood Hall Cup
Professional wins (1)
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1915||U.S. Open||1 shot lead||+1 (76-72-73-76=297)||1 stroke||Tom McNamara|
Amateur wins (4)
|1907||U.S. Amateur||6 & 5||Archibald Graham|
|1908||U.S. Amateur||8 & 7||Max H. Behr|
|1912||U.S. Amateur||7 & 6||Chick Evans|
|1913||U.S. Amateur||5 & 4||John G. Anderson|
|The Amateur Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||R256|
|The Amateur Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||R256||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT|
Note: Travers played in only the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, and The Amateur Championship.
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
R256, R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10
- "Four Ball Match". New York Tribune. 17 September 1905. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
- "Jerry Travers". World Golf Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
- USGA Championship Database Archived June 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- "The Amateur Championship at Muirfield" (PDF). The American Golfer. July 1909. pp. 9–15.
- Golf Illustrated, July 1914, p. 25.
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