Jesse Guilford set the bar for New Hampshire golfers in the early years of the New Hampshire Golf Association. He competed in and won the New Hampshire Amateur Championship in 1913, 1916, and 1917. He also won the Massachusetts Amateur Championship in 1916, 1921, and 1924.
One of his greatest accomplishments was defeating Robert Gardner 7 & 6 at St. Louis Country Club to win the 1921 U.S. Amateur Championship. The following year, he earned medalist honors in the U.S. Amateur that was held at The Country Club.
Guilford went on to play on three of the first four Walker Cup teams (1922, 1924, and 1926). The U.S. won all three times he was a part of the team.
Following his amateur playing years, Guilford turned professional and won two more tournaments as a professional. Nicknamed “Siege Gun” for his long driving capabilities, Guilford was one of the founding members of Intervale Country Club. Those who play at Intervale see a monument on the course that was dedicated to him in 1993.