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Ben Hogan Golf Memorabilia

Posted on January 9, 2012 by Selby There have been 0 comments

Ben Hogan Golf Memorabilia – Hogan ranks with Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Bobby Jones and Gary Player as my top 5 Golfers of all time.

Ben Hogan (1912-1997) winner of nine Major Championships achieved the enviable total of 68 professional top level wins along the way. He was arguably the greatest ball striker of all time.

Born in Texas USA he took an early interest in Golf, at the age of eleven he was caddying at the Glen Garden Country Club alongside another memorable player Byron Nelson.

His professional debut was in 1930 playing in the Texas Open, in 1938 he won the Hershey four ball but it was not until 1940, that he won his first professional tournament the North and South Open followed with wins in the Greensboro Open, Asheville Open and the Goodall Palm Beach Round Robin. This was to be the creditable start of memorable times in which he would go on to dominate the tour.

Following a break during WW2, came his first Major success in the 1946 PGA Championship at the Portland Golf Club it was preceded by an impressive 30 PGA tournament wins.

In 1948 he won 10 tournaments including the US open at the challenging George Thomas designed Riviera Country Club at Palisades California.

Following a serious car crash in 1949 in which he and his wife were almost killed he went on to win the 1950 US Open at Merion, Ardmore PA. 1951 saw him claim both his first Masters and the US Open,  In 1953 he won his second Masters, the British Open and his fourth US open.

In 1951 a busy golfing year, Ben Hogan took time to star in a biographical movie of his life “Follow the sun.”

Ben Hogan Golf Memorabilia is very collectable and it is not at all prolific, it is therefore probably as well to make items associated with Hogan part of a general Golf Memorabilia portfolio. Collecting can be a great hobby especially if one is a golf enthusiast as you are able to combine following your modern day golfing heroes with building a golf memorabilia collection. Cost occurred in attending tournaments will be compensated for by the increasing value in your collection. Number one choice is the Open followed by Internationals, Amateur Championships and Senior events.

Golf has always been a favourite category of Sports Memorabilia for me as I find that golfing heroes are usually both considerate and obliging when it comes to signings and autographing collectables, It is always important to consider condition when collecting as many items such as pin markers, flags and clothing must be expected to suffer from the wear and tear syndrome.

Auctions are held where Golf Memorabilia along with other interesting Sports Collectables are sold. These auctions take place 3 or 4 times a year and I would recommend Knights, Christies and Bonham’s as good places to research as they have the added attraction of presale viewing which allows one to establish authenticity and condition.

I would be very careful when making online purchases from popular websites as it seems many of the items offered turn out to be not as described or should I say the description can be very confusing i.e. is it a copy or an original.

I have recently written an article “Rare autographs real or fake” and I would encourage readers to peruse this as it may well prevent purchasing an unwanted item.

Golf memorabilia which I have personally collated would include the following Post war players Ben Hogan, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Eamonn Darcey, Nick Faldo, Lee Trevino, Byron Nelson, Langer and Westwood  the list goes on, it is about personal choice and opportunity.

Collectables which personally interest me would include: Signed glove, club, ball, flag presentations, hand signed autographs, pin markers, match worn attire and associated major tournament paraphernalia.

Good luck with your collecting.

Do let me know how you get on!!



A Few Stats

Major Championships 9

Masters 1951, 1953

US Open 1948, 1950, 1951 and 1953

British Open 1953

PGA Championship 1946, 1948

Ryder cup 1947, 1951, non-playing Captain in 1949, 1967

He played his last official tournament in 1971

Ben Hogan was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974


Tony Selby

Golf Memorabilia

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