Maxwell R. Marston ’11
Masterful Amateur Golfer Who Defeated The Great Bobby Jones. During his Pingry years, Maxwell Marston played hockey, baseball and tennis, earning nine Varsity letters total. He was captain of the hockey and baseball teams, and he was said to be a superior left wing for the hockey team. Perhaps this is why Marston excelled in the sport he pursued after Pingry, as it has been noted that hockey players often make great golfers. As a boy, Marston developed his golf game at Baltusrol. After Pingry, college and Navy service during World War I, he settled in Philadelphia, became an investment banker and pursued golf with a passion. He quickly made a name for himself by scoring victories in numerous regional amateur championships. In 1922, Marston was one of eight chosen to represent the U.S. in the inaugural Walker Cup Match and helped lead the team to victory. This set up his remarkable 1923 season triumph. It began in the spring at St. Andrews where Marston was the key to another U.S. victory in the Walker Cup, leading a comeback charge on the last day of play. He extended his winning streak by earning the Patterson Cup, Philadelphia Amateur, Pennsylvania Amateur, Crump Cup and Merion Club Championship titles. Marston then proceeded to the 1923 U.S. Amateur Championship at Flossmoor near Chicago. All of the great golfers of the day were there - Bobby Jones, Francis Ouimet, Jess Sweetser, Chick Evans and many others. Jones was the favorite, but Marston bested him in the second round. Jones would later recall his play against Marston as “one of the best matches I can remember.” Despite his underdog status, Marston continued beating his opponents, including Ouimet, clinching the U.S. Amateur Championship with a dramatic win over Sweetser in the final round.