Priceless Items Arriving With 2013 Class at World Golf Hall of Fame

By: John Schwarb


A new class is about to arrive in the World Golf Hall of Fame, and with that means a new batch of amazing memorabilia coming to St. Augustine.

One of the Hall's greatest attributes is how generous its inductees are with their collections. Hall of Fame staff have told me stories about getting invitations to some inductees' homes with instructions to basically take whatever they like. The result is an absolute feast for golf fans.

The exhibits and lockers celebrating the careers of  Fred Couples, Colin Montgomerie, Willie Park Jr., Ken Schofield and Ken Venturi will officially open to the public on Tuesday, May 7, one day after the Hall's Induction Ceremony.

Featured items include:

Fred Couples

  • Trophy, wood driver and irons from his victory at the 1992 Masters
  • Bag, clubs and clothing from his multiple Presidents Cup triumphs
  • Three trophies he won as a junior player in Washington in the 1970s 

Colin Montgomerie

  • The Olympic Torch he carried as one of the torchbearers for the 2012 Summer Games in London
  • Commemorative trophy celebrating all eight of his European Tour Merit of Order victories
  • Bag and equipment from the 2010 Ryder Cup, where he captained Team Europe to a victory at Celtic Manor 

Willie Park Jr.

  • Original, inscribed winner’s medal from the 1887 Open Championship
  • What is believed to be one of six remaining “Park Royal” gutta-percha golf balls, circa 1896, created by Park
  • Original clubs Park built and used to play in the 1880s 

Ken Schofield

  • Various memorabilia from Ryder Cups in the 1980s, including clothing and photographs
  • Lifetime achievement award given by the BBC
  • Groundbreaking contract agreements between the European Tour, sponsors and tournaments 

Ken Venturi

  • Crystal replica of the U.S. Open trophy after he won in 1964
  • Clubs he used in the 1960s to win 10 PGA TOUR events
  • Memorabilia, including his jacket and photographs, from his time as a CBS broadcaster 

The Inductee Exhibits will remain on display in Shell Hall, the heart of the Museum, until the 2014 Induction Ceremony. Each Inductee will also have a space in the Member Locker Room.

For more information about the World Golf Hall of Fame, visit their website.

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