This collection consists of some 40 photographs of what appears to be a golf tournament held at the Lakeland Country Club in Lakeland, Florida in 1924. It featured some of the world's best known professional and amateur golfers of the time, including Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Tommy Armour, and Cyril Walker. It also included local celebrities, such as the player-manager of the Cleveland Indians, Tris Speaker. At the time Lakeland was the spring training home of the Indians. The Lakeland Country Club is no more, replaced by a housing development on Lake Parker.
These extraordinary photos of the world's most accomplished golfers were taken by a member of Lakeland's Connibear family and donated to the Lakeland Public Library in 1993. The photos recall a time when men swung hickory shafted golf clubs and wore knickers and the best golfer in the world, Bobby Jones, was an amateur.