photo by Dom Furore
Georgia Hall is an English professional golfer that has enjoyed a precipitous rise. Coming from a golfing family (Georgia’s own name is a reference to Augusta, Georgia, home of the Masters), Hall learned golf from her father and was already winning amateur events by her teenage years. Hall turned professional at 18 in 2014, and by 2018 had earned standing on both the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour. Her greatest achievement came at the 2018 British Women’s Open, when she won her first major with her father as her caddy.
Hall was looking to defend her trophy in 2019, but had to settle for defending her title when the trophy was stolen from her car in broad daylight 2 months before the British Open. While visiting her management company, someone broke into her car and stole the trophy. Hall had the trophy in her trunk when thieves busted out a car window, opened the trunk and removed the trophy that was stored inside a box. The thieves curiously ignored her clubs and other valuables, showing that Hall may well have been targeted for the silver trophy. Luckily, the trophy was only a replica, with the original trophy kept by the R&A. Comparisons were drawn to the Walter Hagen’s infamous losing of the original PGA Championship Wanamaker Trophy, though Hagen’s was not the replica. Hall will hope her trophy, like Hagen’s lost one, will eventually resurface.