2019 January Memorabilia Auction
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1949 Ryder Cup At Ganton Golf Club Official Program - Ben Hogan Personal Copy


Robert Hudson, the honorary Ryder Cup secretary, left his signature inside the program along side his "personal message." Hudson funded the 1949 Ryder Cup, not having been played for 10 years due to war. Over the history of the Ryder Cup matches (dating to 1927), no Captain other then Ben Hogan has been undefeated while serving as team Captain in three or more matches. Hogan's (3-0) victorious service to the United States squads came in the 1947, 1949, & 1967 events. The closest of these matches came in 1949 when the U.S. squad had to rally with wins from Clayton Heafner, Chick Harbert, Jimmy Demaret and Lloyd Mangrum in the final four singles matches to secure the win for Captain Hogan at 7-5. These matches occurred at Ganton Golf Club in Scarborough, England and the official program measuring 10 1/8" x 8 1/8" is offered in this lot. This excellent condition program is a difficult find and has been seldom seen fully intact. The covers show minor creasing, otherwise in excellent condition.

THE BOB COFFIN COLLECTION SOURCED FROM BEN HOGAN'S PERSONAL SECRETARY SHARON RAE

Bob Coffin is a man of action, as seen by a career of public service which began 35 years ago with his election to the Nevada Assembly. From that office Coffin was the people's choice for a seat in the Nevada State Senate. After serving in that position for the length that Nevada term limitations would allow, Coffin returned to his hometown of Las Vegas where he continues to serve his constituents as a city councilman to this day. For Coffin this passion for service to his country began with a stint in the United States Army, the same branch of service that his lifelong hero Ben Hogan had served in during World War II. Coffin a student of the Hogan approach to golf, learned his lessons well, so well, that he won the 1969 Nevada Amateur Golf Championship. Following that triumph it was only natural in 1979 that the hometown Las Vegas newspaper, the Review Journal, called on Bob to write a golf column for the paper. To this day accolades continue to pour in for this highly respected man in so many arenas be it golf, military, or politics. Most recently, he was named Person of the Year by the Southern Nevada Chapter of the Professional Golfers Association and received the Charles Dick Medal of Honor Award from the United States National Guard.

This career of public service over the lifetime of Bob Coffin offers much for us to respect. We owe him gratitude, but an even larger thank you as golf collectors is due him for his action in preserving the personal ephemera which belonged to Ben and Valerie Hogan. These mementos covering various stages of their storied lives had been gifted by both Ben and Valerie to their trusted personal secretary Sharon Rae (Please see photo that accompanies this lot of Mr. Hogan and Sharon Rae). Mrs. Rae following Ben's passing in 1997 became such a vital part of Mrs. Hogan's life that she accompanied her to both Ben Hogan's tribute at the 1999 Memorial Tournament and to the dedication of the United States Golf Association's Ben Hogan room that same year. Her prominence in the lives of the Hogan's was evident when she was remembered in both Ben's will with a cash bequest and a much larger bequest in Valerie's will. As a studious collector of Hogan material Bob Coffin stayed in contact with the Rae family, and following Sharon's passing was contacted by son Andy Rae. He informed Coffin that in his garage there is "still a bunch of stuff". Coffin, the man of action, caught a plane to Texas and completed a transaction that saved the Hogan collection as sourced through Sharon Rae for the golf collecting community. The Golf Auction is pleased with so much of the prized material of the Hogan's lifetime already placed in permanent homes to be able to make this offering. We recognize that it may be the last opportunity available to offer fresh Hogan material, which contains rock solid provenance, to the collectors of arguably the greatest golfer of the 20th century but certainly one of America's most idolized and interesting people of that century.


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1949 Ryder Cup At Ganton Golf Club Official Program - Ben Hogan Personal Copy1949 Ryder Cup At Ganton Golf Club Official Program - Ben Hogan Personal Copy1949 Ryder Cup At Ganton Golf Club Official Program - Ben Hogan Personal Copy1949 Ryder Cup At Ganton Golf Club Official Program - Ben Hogan Personal Copy1949 Ryder Cup At Ganton Golf Club Official Program - Ben Hogan Personal Copy
1949 Ryder Cup At Ganton Golf Club Official Program - Ben Hogan Personal Copy
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Auction closed on Monday, January 28, 2019.
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