FORT WORTH, Texas – The Olympic Games golf trophy is headed to Fort Worth as part of tournament week festivities at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.
The trophy, last presented in 1904 to gold medalist George Lyon of Canada, has been housed at the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum in Oakville, Ontario. Lyon's son donated the trophy to the museum in the early 1960s, but it has not gotten much attention because the sport has not been contested at the Summer Games for 112 years.
With golf back in the Olympics this summer, the trophy will be displayed this summer at multiple events on the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour in advance of the Olympic competitions in August. It will stop at Colonial Country Club for the May 23-29 event because the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau is the underwriting sponsor of its stay at the course during tournament week.
Fans will be able to have their photos taken with the sterling silver trophy, which stands 18 inches tall and 18 inches wide, during tournament week. The trophy, hand crafted by U.S. jeweler J. Bolland, will be displayed in the Convention and Visitors Bureau booth at Colonial's "Prince Street" exhibits (formerly Colonial Main Street) during the event.
Michael Tothe, Colonial tournament director, said the opportunity to view the historic relic "meshes perfectly" with the historic significance of the tournament, which will celebrate its 70th anniversary this year.
This article was written by Jimmy Burch from Fort Worth Star-Telegram and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.