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Hogan’s Belt Among Items Stolen at U.S. Golf Association Museum

May 16, 2012

A replica of Ben Hogan’s 1953 Hickok Belt and the U.S. Amateur Trophy were stolen from the U.S. Golf Association museum, officials said.

The burglary occurred overnight at the museum, which is located at the association’s headquarters in Far Hills, New Jersey.

“This is a deplorable incident, but we are thankful for the safety of our staff,” the association said today in a news release. “These historical artifacts are an important part of our collection and their loss is a great disappointment.”

The Hickok Belt was a trophy given to top professional athletes from 1950 to 1976, as voted by sportswriters. It will be presented again in October for the first time in 36 years, according to the award’s website.

The burglary happened five days after several golf trophies and three golf carts were stolen from Somerset Hills Country Club in nearby Bernardsville, New Jersey, according to a Bernardsville Police Department report.

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