Cheers, whistles, and applause fill the air as the winner accepts the silver cup and hoists it overhead to display to the surrounding crowd. The trophy cup has long been a symbol of athletic success, and trophy engraving is an excellent way to add style and distinction. The U.S. Open Trophy, awarded to the victor of the United States Open Championship, is no exception.
The sterling silver trophy of the U.S. Open stands eighteen inches tall and tips the scale at eight and a half pounds. The base features the names of all the previous winners neatly engraved in block letters next to the year they claimed the title.
Just beneath the brim of the cup, the inscription reads, “United States Golf Association Open Championship.” Below is a detailed engraving of an early golf scene featuring four golfers. One of these golfers is notably a woman.
The sides of the cup are adorned with two elegant, slender handles, and the lid topping the vessel displays a winged, Grecian, victory figure holding a laurel wreath. The laurel wreath has been a symbol of sporting excellence since the ancient Olympic Games when it was used to crown the winner.
The U.S. Open Trophy was first awarded in 1895 to Horace Rawlings. This treasured icon was passed down through the years until 1946 when that year’s winner, Lloyd Mangrum, brought it to his home clubhouse in Chicago where it was subsequently lost in a fire. The 1947 trophy is an identical copy that was crafted from the original specifications and is still in use today.
Winners are only able to keep the trophy for one year unless they successfully defend their title in subsequent tournaments. During its long history, four golfers have had the privilege of possessing the trophy for four years. As a keepsake, the golfers are awarded a gold medal (not to mention a nice sum of cash), and they have the option of purchasing a replica trophy.
Over the years several big name golfers have had their name added to the engraved list on the trophy including:
- Bobby Jones (4 wins) who won twelve titles overall making him the most decorated golfing amateur.
- Ben Hogan (4 wins) who changed the thinking and technique of the golf swing.
- Arnold Palmer (1 win) who as a talented golfer of the 1950’s, brought popularity to sport at the beginning of the television age.
- Jack Nicklaus (4 wins) whose four wins spanned three different decades.
- Tiger Woods (3 wins) who played at a level above his competition, claiming the 2000 victory with a fifteen-stroke lead.
The trophy has traveled the world too. Previous winners represent ten different nations across the globe.
Though intended as a showpiece, some winners have used the trophy for other purposes. In 2013 Justin Rose enjoyed some ice cream with his son Leo, and Graeme McDowell, the 2010 champion, reportedly enjoyed a Guinness from the cup.
Michael Campbell claimed to have slept with it during 2005 when he had it in his custody. And the winner of 1898, Fred Herd, was required to put a cash deposit down on the trophy as there were fears he might pawn it to fund his heavy drinking habit.
Winning the U.S. Open is certainly a feat worthy of a trophy, but other accomplishments shouldn’t go unnoticed. Awarding trophies to employees is a great way to acknowledge their hard work around the office. Ordering trophies online and having them personally engraved is easy!
Consider these trophy deserving efforts:
- Monthly sales achievements
- Quarterly employee recognition
- Annual employee recognition
- Safety awards
- Team events
- Sales awards
The U.S. Open trophy is a symbol with a long history. For the champion, it represents the culmination of years of hard work and perseverance. It can mean the same thing for workers in an office setting. The great thing about office trophies is they can be shown off by the owner and kept for years as a reminder that their contributions did not go unnoticed. Trophy engraving is available for several different trophy materials and styles. If you are interested in learning more about ordering trophies online, contact us today.