Famous Awards: The U.S. Open Championship Trophy

Nothing beats taking home a trophy, medal, or crystal award after winning a competition. The U.S. Open golf tournament is one of the biggest golf competitions there is. The winner receives the U.S. Open Championship Trophy. It may not be the most creative name for a trophy, but that doesn’t make it any less coveted.

The trophy has a handle on opposite sides of a silver cup, sitting atop a base made of sterling silver. Engraved on one side of the trophy is the following “United States Golf Association Open Championship.” Underneath, there is an engraved laurel wreath surrounding four golfers.
The trophy’s lid is topped with a winged, female figure that represents victory. Around the base are the names of the previous winners.

It is 18 inches tall and 6 inches in diameter and weighs approximately 8.5 pounds.

History Lesson

The trophy was first presented by the United States Golf Association in 1947. The current version is a replica of the original trophy, created by the Gorham company, that is dated back to the first tournament in 1895.

The winner of the 1946 U.S. Open, Lloyd Mangrum, took the original to Tam O’Shanter, the clubhouse of his home course, near Chicago. Unfortunately, that clubhouse caught fire and the trophy was lost.

Before that, 1898 U.S. Open winner Fred Herd was known to be a heavy drinker. The USGA was so nervous about allowing him to bring the trophy home that they made him put down a cash deposit on it! They were afraid he would pawn it for drinking money. Luckily, he did not make that choice.

What About Today?

Winners of the tournament still get to hold on to U.S. Open Championship Trophy for a year. The winner is also awarded the Jack Nicklaus Medal –  a gold medal they can keep forever.

U.S. Open winners can order a trophy replica from the silversmith company used by the USGA if they’d like to have one to keep. The golf course hosting the tournament can do the same. Only one replica is allowed per winner and golf course.

Having something to show for all your hard work at the end of a long journey is quite rewarding. To find the perfect customizable trophy, medal, or acrylic award, you can always count on Spike’s Trophies!