Watts Gunn's Bio

Born in Macon, Ga., on January 11, 1905, Watts Gunn made golfing history in 1925 in the U.S. Amateur, setting the world record for international championship golf by winning 15 straight holes in the first round of the 36-hole match. In that tournament, he went to the finals against friend and rival Bobby Jones, marking the only time two players from the same city ever met for the U.S. Amateur crown. At Lanier High School, he captained golf teams that never lost a match. In 1926 and 1928, he played on the Walker Cup teams with Bobby Jones, defeating the British team both years. He played many benefit tournaments, including several exhibitions with Bobby Jones in 1927 and 1928. He won the Georgia State Amateur title in 1927 and 1928.

Born January 11, 1905, Macon, Georgia
Died November 4, 1995, Atlanta, Georgia
1923 Georgia State, Amateur Champion
1925 Runner Up, United States Amateur Championship
1926 Member, United States Walker Cup Team (won all matches)
1927 National Intercollegiate Individual Champion
1927 Georgia Amateur Champion
1928 Member, United States Walker Cup Team (won all matches)
1930 Western Pennsylvania Amateur Champion
1953/1954 President, Atlanta Athletic Club
1961 Inductee, Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame
1985 Named Honorary Golf Coach of Georgia Tech
1985 Inductee, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
1989 Inductee, Georgia Golf Hall of Fame
1990 Inductee, Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame