Offered here is an actual Ryder Cup trophy issued to the United States Team for the 1997 Ryder Cup, which was held at Valderrama and won by Seve Ballesteros' Europeans 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 over Tom Kite's American squad. Perhaps even more significantly, a 21 year old named Tiger Woods was a rookie participant in the Ryder Cup.
This Ryder Cup trophy stands 12” tall and measures 6” from handle to handle. It was never engraved. Obtained from the Estate of PGA of America President Mickey Powell. Hallmarked 1997.
Mickey Powell Collection
The offered item in this lot comes from the Estate of former PGA of America President Mickey Powell. Long before Powell spent more than 55 years in professional golf, he began as a 13 year old caddie at the Country Club of Indianapolis. His first-ever loop was for a couple named Pete and Alice Dye, who went on to become a driving force in golf course design. Powell is credited with setting the Ryder Cup on its path towards increased prominence when he convinced his friend Jack Nicklaus to return as Captain for the 1987 Ryder Cup at his home course Muirfield Village. Mickey Powell was an avid collector throughout his life - baseball cards, coins, and, yes, golf memorabilia. We considered Mickey Powell a friend, and his passion for the game of golf was unmatched. We are excited to place pieces of his collection into the hands of collectors across the globe.