Thief breaks into USGA museum, steals artifacts


A thief has stolen a pair of artifacts from the U.S. Golf Association Museum, located at their headquarters in Far Hills, N.J.

The burglary occurred on Wednesday morning, with two display cases opened.

The U.S. Amateur trophy, which was created in 1926 and retired in 1992, was stolen as well as a replica of the 1953 Hickok Belt award, awarded to Ben Hogan. 

From 1950-1976, the Hickok Belt award was given to the top athlete in America. Hogan was one of three golfers to earn the honor. The USGA acquired the replica from the Hogan estate in 1998 and it has been on display in the museum since 1999.

“This is a deplorable incident, but we are thankful for the safety of our staff,' the USGA said in a statement. '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.”

On Tuesday, the museum unveiled the new Mickey Wright Room, dedicated to one of game's most prolific champions and one of the 16 founders of the LPGA. A reception was held in honor of the first room in the museum dedicated to a woman.