Four trophies refurbished

Posted May 14, 2008 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

The USGA’s mission statement refers to the game’s “ancient and honorable traditions.” Since the WPGA was founded in 1899, the organization has a few of its own. Last year, the Championship Committee determined it was time to repair the oldest and most valuable trophies. The first one worked on was an exception—the Mid-Am trophy purchased about ten years ago. The championship started in 1985, but the silver trophy from England is considerably older than that. Last spring the trophy was straightened by a silversmith in Virginia.

Four more were recently repaired--mostly bumping out dents, strengthening their bases and other structural weaknesses, straightening and polishing, by area silversmith Thomas Sandretto, Turtle Creek, PA. His work description mentions chemical removal (oxide and sulfide), removing solder from previous repairs, refining surfaces, and application of wax.

These four trophies recently finished are historic.

William C. Fownes Trophy (Amateur)
Harry C. Milholland Vase (Open)
Percy H. Preston Memorial Trophy (Junior)
Thomas J. Jamison Vase (Senior)

Although the Open and Amateur began in 1899, it appears to Sandretto that the Amateur, Open, and Junior trophies were all purchased in the 1920’s, which makes sense because the Junior started in 1921, with the Preston Memorial set in a World War I theme. The Senior began in 1929.