Lot # 3: Significant Ben Hogan "Masters Club" Champions Dinner Locket Awarded to Henry Picard

Category: Masters Tournament

Starting Bid: $5,000.00

Bids: 11 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "2024 Masters Week Auction",
which ran from 4/3/2024 8:00 PM to
4/13/2024 8:00 PM

Offered here is one of the most significant Masters Tournament relics to ever hit our auction block. This is one of the original 9 gold lockets presented by Ben Hogan for membership in the "Masters Club." The Masters Club is essentially the most coveted and exclusive club in the entire golf world, as to gain entry into the club you must win the Masters Tournament. 

After Ben Hogan won the 1951 Masters Tournament, he wrote to ANGC Chairman Clifford Roberts and proposed a dinner for past Masters Champions to be held the following year. Cliff Roberts agreed, and on April 4, 1952, the Masters Club held the very first Champions Dinner. The Champions Dinner is now a highlight of each Masters Week, but in 1952 there were only 9 attendees.

Presented in this lot is the legendary gold locket that Ben Hogan personally presented to each Masters Tournament Champion. To this day, Ben Crenshaw keeps Ben Hogan's tradition alive by presenting a gold locket to each newly crowned Masters Champ. 

Offered here is one of the original Masters Club gold lockets that was presented to 1938 Masters Champ Henry Picard. This locket represented Picard's membership into the most exclusive club in golf. 

Jordan Spieth was once asked about his favorite items from his golf career. He did not list his green jacket or his Masters Tournament trophy, but instead mentioned his "gold locket for being in the Masters Club." Tom Watson has said that his favorite Champions Dinner moment was in 1978 when Ben Hogan bestowed upon him the annual induction gift - a gold locket in the shape of Augusta National's emblem that opens three ways, dons an image of the clubhouse and Bobby Jones, and reads "Ben Hogan, founder of the Masters Club." Ben Crenshaw once called the gold locket "the most beautiful thing you've ever seen."

2 7/8" wide when opened, and 1 1/2" wide x 1" tall when closed.