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Golf trophies stolen from USGA Museum
The U.S. Golf Association Museum suffered a break-in Wednesday night, where burglars made off with various trophies and artifacts from the norther New Jersey site.

Among the items stolen were the U.S. Amateur trophy that was created in 1926, and a replica of Ben Hogan's 1953 Hickok Belt award, awarded for being America's finest professional athlete in 1953.

The Hickok Belt, ornamented with gold and precious stones, had previously been won by sporting greats such as Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Arnold Palmer.

According to security video footage, the heist was perpetrated by one person, who caused extensive damage to several trophy cases with an ax, as well as taking various other items of lesser value.

"This is a deplorable incident, but we are thankful for the safety of our staff," the USGA said in a statement on Wednesday.

"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."


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