watching the Atlanta premiere of Bobby JonesStroke of
Genius at the Fox Theater on March 31, Robert T. Jones Jr.
Scholar Beth Lynch nudged Marjorie Nunn 61C, who was sitting
in the seat next to her.
had spotted herself in the movie, said Nunn, associate
director of institutional advancement and administrator of the
Bobby Jones Scholarship program.
four Bobby Jones Scholars who came to Emory this year from the
University of St. Andrews in Scotland had a special treat: serving
as extras in the Bobby Jones biopic that opened in theaters
across the country April 30.
in 1920s garbtweed knickers, vests, and caps for the men;
long-sleeved dresses and wide-brimmed hats for the ladies
Chris Dale, Tim Hayden-Smith, Rob Huddart, and Lynch, were in
the background of scenes filmed last fall at East Lake Golf
elbows with celebrities like Jim Caviezel, star of The Passion
of the Christ, who portrays Jones in the movie, and Malcolm
McDowell, who plays Atlanta Journal writer O.B. Keeler, was
thrilling, the scholars admit.
day was fantastic, says Huddart. I was cast as a
caddie for an opponent of Bobby Jones. We were taken to costume
at 5:30 a.m., then headed over to the set, where Jim Caviezel
was practicing his swing. . . . After having seen the film,
it appears to be an accurate portrayal of a great man. I am
proud to be associated with his name and to learn more about
could take out of my life everything except my experiences
at St. Andrews and I would still have had a rich and full
Robert T. Jones Jr., October 9, 1958
Robert T. Bobby Jones Jr. Scholarship program started
in 1976, the brainchild of Atlanta attorney F.M. Buster
Bird, who was a former lawpartner of Bobby Jones.
a mechanical engineering graduate of Georgia Tech who earned
a masters degree in English from Harvard and attended
Emory law school in 1926 and 1927, became world-renowned when
in 1930 he won golfs Grand Slamthe British
Open, British Amateur, U.S. Open, and U.S. Amateur. Jones went
on to found Augusta National Golf Club and its prestigious annual
tournament, The Masters. After his death in 1971, a group of
friends and colleagues honored him with a trust, which funds
the scholarship program.
Andrews, Scotlands oldest university, is adjacent to the
Royal and Ancient Golf Club and the legendary Old Course, and
seemed the perfect institution for such an exchange. The city
had long ago adopted Bobby Jones, granting him the Freedom of
the City and Royal Borough of St. Andrews in 1958.
year, four scholars are sent to St. Andrews from Emory and four
travel to Emory from St. Andrews. Scholars are mostly recent
graduates or graduate students (although an occasional undergraduate
is selected); their room, board, tuition, and travel are covered.
the host country and serving as ambassadors abroad
an important part of the program, says Senior Vice President
of Institutional Advancement William H. Fox 79 PhD, who
heads the Atlanta-Emory Trust of the Jones Foundation.
a magnificent year after college, says Fox. We hope
the students will take their academics very seriously, but we
likewise want them to let this year be one of expanding horizons.
the program began, two hundred and twelve scholars have participated.
The scholars from St. Andrews typically involve themselves in
extracurricular and community activities while hereover
the years, they have taken part in Volunteer Emory, written
for the Emory Wheel, taught science to fifth-graders in downtown
Atlanta, played on Emorys golf and tennis teams, performed
in Emory theater, and interned at CNN and The Carter Center.
to my fascination with the natural world, I became a leader
for Outdoor Emory and am also working at the [WoodPEC] climbing
area and traveling with the Emory Mountaineering Club . . .
as well as being part of a group that is developing a storm
water management plan for the University, says Huddart,
a geography major from the Lake District in northern England,
who also interned at The Carter Center. Geography is more
than the study of maps. It is the study of the interactions
between humans and the environment on the surface of the Earth.
The facilities here are superb. The Cox computer lab is
way above anything St. Andrews can provide, says Dale,
a math major from Quedgeley, Gloucester. But most significant
to me has been the travel. We took a month-long road trip to
the West Coast over winter break and saw and did so much more
than we ever would have thought possible.
the cross-country journey, the scholars best recall an awe-inspiring
visit to Yosemite National Park. The night was crystal
clear, with a full moon and extensive snow cover. Chris and
I went for a walk and saw the most fantastic sights . . . the
towering cliffs of El Capitan, frozen lakes, rolling hills,
Huddart says. We spent less than twenty-four hours in
the park, but it was enough to convince me that it is one of
the most beautiful places in the world.
four Emory graduates currently at St. Andrews as scholars are
Dylan Bird 03C, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who is focusing on
terrorism and molecular virology; Joel Boggan 03C, of
Jasper, Georgia, who is studying healthcare access; Melissa
Roberts 03C, of Billings, Montana, who is following her
interests in neurobiology and athletics; and Kyle Wamstad 03C,
of San Francisco, who is concentrating on literature and writing.
grown up the son of a minister father and an activist mother
mainly in poor, rural areas of Tennessee and Georgia, Ive
been conditioned to devote my energies to helping those around
me, Boggan says. A year at St. Andrews provides
an incomparable opportunity to study the politics and administration
of the socialized British National Health Service, in particular
the access of the working- and lower-class to care, and compare
it to the American health system.
years Jones Scholars, who will travel to St. Andrews from
Emory, are: Euler Bropleh 04C, president of the student
government organization and an international studies major from
Sandy Hook, Connecticut; Emily Hunter 04C, an interdisciplinary
studies major from Wayzata, Minnesota, who speaks five languages;
Josh McCaleb 04C, a jazz pianist who is majoring in political
science and music, from Succasunna, New Jersey; and Pete Sherlock
04C, an economics and political science major from North
Augusta, South Carolinajust across the river from Augusta
had decided to take a year off between college and law school
and was looking for an experience that would be meaningful,
says Bropleh, who plans on taking classes in management, economics,
and international relations to prepare for a career in international
law and public policy. The scholarship will give me the
opportunity to live in and experience a totally different culture
and to view American society from an outside perspective. Ive
been fairly focused throughout my college career and next year
will give me a chance to reflect.M.J.L.
out more about Bobby Jones at www.bobbyjones.com;
the Bobby Jones Scholarship at www.emory.edu/EMORY_MAGAZINE/
and the Jones Scholars alumni network by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.