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Augusta man shares memories of Bobby Jones

News 12 at 7 o'clock / Saturday, April 9, 2011

AUGUSTA---Bobby Jones' memory lives on at Augusta National. Just this week I met a 12-year-old who was wearing knickers in his honor. Jones died before that boy was even born, but there are people out on the course today who knew him.

One of them is Paul Dunbar of Augusta.

"Bobby Jones, in my opinion, was not only the greatest golfer that ever lived, but he was one of the greatest people that this country has ever produced," Paul said.

Paul started coming to the Masters when he was 12, and by the time he was a teenager, he was working here.

"I'm a lawyer, and I've been city attorney for the city of Augusta, and I've done ok since then, but that (working the Masters) was the best job I ever had," Paul laughed.

Bobby Jones was a lawyer too, and 28 when he won golf's grand slam.

"I mean, that's incredible," Paul said. "And doing it part time."

That respect for Bobby and the game has Paul coming back for the Masters year after year.

"This would be my 55th," he said.

And in those years, there have been a lot of firsts.

"Phil Mickelson wanted to rent my house two years ago," Paul said, "but he wanted to put a pool table in it, and my wife wouldn't buy that." Phil apparently plays pool to help his putting game.

So a green jacket winner hasn't rented his home, but every year, Paul comes back to the home of a green jacket.


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