The Trophy Room
In 2002, the Lee Brandenburg Historical Golf Museum commissioned life size replicas for five of the most important trophies known in the world of golf:
The Open Championship (British Open)
The U.S. Open Championship
The PGA Championship
The Ryder Cup
The US Amateur replica trophy was added to the collection in 2010. This was able to be attained due to the friendship of Lee Brandenburg and Sam Randolph, who won the tournament in 1985.
Upon the completion and receipt of the initial 5 trophies, Lee Brandenburg held a special Media Day in which he invited one winner from each of the tournaments to attend, come by to see the photo in the museum. The professionals in attendance were Bob Goalby, Bob Rosburg, Doug Sanders, Tony Jacklin and Billy Casper.
From Left to Right: The Masters Trophy, United State Open Trophy, The Open Championship Claret Jug (British Open)
From Left to Right: PGA Championship, Ryder Cup Trophy, United States Amateur Championship Trophy
The Open Champion Trophy
This famous Claret Jug Trophy was made in Edinburgh in 1873. The first British Open was played in 1860 and the winner was presented with a Moroccan leather belt. The first Claret Jug trophy was presented to the 1874 champion, always referred to as the “Champion Golfer of the Year”. The original Claret Jug still resides at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.
The U.S. Open Championship Trophy
Horace Rawlings captured the first U.S. Open title in 1895 at Newport Golf Club in Rhode Island. Rawlings’ winnings included $150.00, gold medal and a one-year entitlement to the sterling silver championship trophy. The original cup was destroyed in a fire at Tam O’Shanter Golf Club in Illionis in September of 1946. The USGA decided to preserve the look of the original trophy and presented a full size replacement in April of 1947. In 1986, this replacement was retired to its present home in the USGA museum in Far Hills, New Jersey.
The PGA Championship Trophy
The Rodman Wanamaker Trophy is the famed prize of the PGA Championship and one of the largest trophies in golf. Wanamaker, a New York City department store owner and son of founder John Wanamaker, donated the trophy and the $2,500 purse in the inaugural PGA Championship in 1916. The original trophy resides at the PGA of America headquarter in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
The Masters Trophy
The Masters Trophy depicts the clubhouse at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta Georgia. The trophy was introduced in 1961 and contains 900 pieces of silver. The Masters Champion receives a sterling silver replica, one-quarter the size of the original, a gold medal, and the famed green jacket. The original trophy stays on the grounds at Augusta National at all times and is only moved to a special viewing area for the tournament week.
The Ryder Cup
This famous trophy was originated in 1927, when the Ryder Cup matches were introduced. The idea of a match play competition between the United Kingdom and the United States was the idea of Samuel Ryder, who sponsored the event. The original trophy was solid gold and has been retired and a replica of sterling silver and gold gilt is now used for the event. In 1979 the British Team was expanded to include European professionals and that is how it stands today. It is played every two years with alternating host countries.
The U.S. Amateur Trophy
This trophy is named after Theodore A. Havemeyer. He was president of the USGA in 1895 and volunteered to fund the creation of a suitable prize for the Association’s most significant championship. Havemeyer, a Wall Street sugar baron, stipulated during the March 28, 1895, meeting of the Executive Committee that the trophy be a perpetual one and shall be “held for that year by the club from which the winner shall have entered.” The Amateur is a revered among national championships because it embodies the foundation of the USGA and the purest form of competitive golf. No big-money purses, endorsements or giant egos – just a love of the game.
See Our Trophy Collection
Come visit the Brandenburg Historical Golf Museum at Cinnabar Hills to see these life size replicas and to see many many other artifacts of the game of golf. And, while you're at it. Might as week play a round of golf...
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