Getting To Know A Trophy That’s Almost A Century Older Than Its Title

Just weeks ago, the buzz around the Stanley Cup made a lot of us appreciate the trophy’s long and interesting history. While that trophy cup is something of a title-holder itself, as the oldest trophy in North American sports history, there’s another one that comes close but isn’t nearly as well known. It was recently won by golfer Jeff Maggert and has been held by many champions before him. It’s known as the U.S. Senior Open trophy or the Ouimet trophy, but the curvy sterling silver cup has a history that extends almost a century before the U.S. Senior Open Championship.

Sights & sounds: U.S. Senior Open Trophy is second oldest in North America | The Sacramento Bee

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“[…] now known as the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy, was first awarded in 1894 as Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., Saint Andrew’s Golf Club in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., The Country Club of Brookline, Mass., and the Tuxedo Club of Tuxedo Park, N.Y. vied for the first American interclub championship. The Massachusetts foursome took home the trophy, which remained in the club’s possession until the mid-1950s when they gave it to the USGA to exhibit at the museum in Far Hills, N.J. As the USGA was preparing for the first U.S. Senior Open, The Country Club suggested that the trophy be used as the formal award.”

Do you know of any other awards that are actually older than the championships that they now commemorate? Do you think it makes sense to give an old trophy a new meaning or should major sporting events have trophies made especially for them? Tell us what you think in the comments.

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