With a name like Bobby Jones, you're bound to draw some looks on the first tee. But unlike the golf legend, this Bobby Jones rarely breaks eighty and spends most of his time doing business deals. Jones, 52, is one of the founders of Bisys Group, a $2 billion technology services company, and the founder of Golfers Against Cancer (GAC), which has raised more than $7 million dollars since 1997.
You're not related to the Bobby Jones, are you?
No, but when I was a little kid I had the Spalding Robert T. Jones Jr. set, and I could never figure out why they got my middle initial wrong.
What's your favorite course?
I've belonged to Machrihanish in Scotland for almost fifteen years. It's an Old Tom Morris course that is different every time you play it. It's in a real remote section of Scotland, about a four-hour drive from Glasgow down a beautiful road. Plus, I love the people.
How did GAC come about?
GAC was created out of a need for a couple of us to cope with the fact that two of our friends were battling terminal cancers. They were golf buddies from Deerwood Club near Houston. One was a young pro named Mike Longpré, and the other was the captain of our Saturday morning group, Dave Roberts.
How does the charity operate?
It's a volunteer organization. All the money goes to research. We've moved from golf outings to dinners, which we've held in New York, Atlanta and Greensboro, North Carolina. We're planning on Boston and Chicago next.
Can anyone participate?
Yes. Our web site (golfersagainstcancer.org) lists the locations. Dinner is $1,000 a seat and there are silent and live auctions. We have some unbelievable trips to Scotland, where you get to play Machrihanish and we pull a couple bottles of scotch out of the cask; trips to Pebble Beach; and Dave Marr Jr. donates a round with him at Shinnecock Hills.