Jerome Travers

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Jerome Travers
— Golfer —
Travers playing in the 1915 U.S. Open
Personal information
Full name Jerome Dunstan Travers
Nickname Jerry
Born (1887-05-19)May 19, 1887
New York, New York
Died March 29, 1951(1951-03-29) (aged 63)
East Hartford, Connecticut
Nationality  United States
Status Professional
Professional wins 1
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 5)
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open Won: 1915
The Open Championship DNP
PGA 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.

Early life[edit]

Travers was born on May 19, 1887 in New York City, New York.

Golf career[edit]

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.[1] The stroke play portion of the tournament was won by Alex Smith.[1]

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[edit]

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.[2]

Tournament wins[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Jerome Travers

Professional wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1915 U.S. Open 1 shot lead +1 (76-72-73-76=297) 1 stroke United States Tom McNamara

Amateur wins (4)[edit]

Year Championship Winning Score Runner-up
1907 U.S. Amateur 6 & 5 United States Archibald Graham
1908 U.S. Amateur 8 & 7 United States Max H. Behr
1912 U.S. Amateur 7 & 6 United States Chick Evans
1913 U.S. Amateur 5 & 4 United States John G. Anderson

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
U.S. Amateur R64 R32 R32 QF 1 1 DNP
The Amateur Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP R256
Tournament 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
U.S. Amateur DNP QF 1 1 2 R16 DNP NT NT R32
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

Sources: U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur,[3] Amateur Championship: 1909,[4] 1914[5]


  1. ^ a b "Four Ball Match". New York Tribune. 17 September 1905. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Jerry Travers". World Golf Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ USGA Championship Database[dead link]
  4. ^ "The Amateur Championship at Muirfield" (PDF). The American Golfer: 9–15. July 1909. 
  5. ^ Golf Illustrated, July 1914, p. 25.

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