Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Member

Watts Gunn

Inducted 1989

Born in Macon, Ga., on January 11, 1905, Watts Gunn made golfing history in the 1925 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 club ever met for the U.S. Amateur crown.  At Lanier High School, Gunn captained golf teams that never lost a match.  In 1926 and ‘28, he played on the Walker Cup teams with Jones, defeating the British team both years.  He played many benefit tournaments, including several exhibitions with Jones in 1927 and ‘28.  He also won the Georgia Amateur title in 1923 and ‘27, with a runner-up finish in 1925.  Gunn passed away in 1994 at age 89.