Far Hills, N.J. – The United States Golf Association today issued the following statement regarding an overnight burglary at the USGA Museum, in which two historical artifacts were stolen. The artifacts include the U.S. Amateur Trophy, which was created in 1926 and retired in 1992, and a replica of Ben Hogan’s 1953 Hickok Belt award, which the USGA acquired from the Hogan estate in 1998 and has displayed in the Museum since 1999.
“This is a deplorable incident, but we are thankful for the safety of our staff. These historical artifacts are an important part of our collection and their loss is a great disappointment. We are working closely with the Bernards Township Police Department to aid in their recovery.”
Photographs of the stolen artifacts can be found at http://photocollection.usga.org/cgi-main/viewerlogin.pl?lbjobid=96145.
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