It seems as if Ralph Guldahl is having a bit of renaissance in the world of golf collectibles. A Guldahl signed book recently sold at auction for over $7,000, a record for books signed by the dapper Texan.
Ralph Guldahl finished the late 1930s with a bang. He won the U.S. Open back-to-back in 1937 and 1938 at Oakland Hills and Cherry Hills. He also won the Masters the following year in 1939. Guldahl beat out Sam Snead by one shot to win the tournament and collect $1,500 in prize money.
Guldahl particpated in the production of book titled From Tee to Cup by the Four Masters, published in 1939 along with Gene Sarazen, Denny Shute and Johnny Revolta. The book is instructional in nature and features clubs of the era being hit including the brassie, cleek and spoon.
The image above shows the copy of the signed book which was auctioned by Green Jacket Auctions, who specialize in Masters memorabilia. Our speculation is that Guldahl signatures are in demand by those who specialize in collecting Masters winners signatures and Guldahl, who died in 1987, is one of the more difficult to find, having the won the sixth Masters.
The David Duval of his day, Guldahl’s golf rapidly declined after 1939 and he lost both his focus and his swing after writing Groove Your Golf, an early flicker instructional book, which apparently caused him to overanalyze his swing and think too much.