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    1940 Ontario Open General Motors Trophy Won by Sam Snead. Very early hardware predates the first of Snead's seven Major Championships by two years, a trophy earned when the legendary sportsman was still just a young golfer on the rise. The Ontario Open was not an official PGA Tour event but the historical importance of the piece does not suffer in the slightest from this fact, and the impressive aesthetics swing the pendulum even further toward desirability. The figural golfer that stands atop the elegant loving cup extends the height of the relic to thirty inches, with the cup itself bearing the embossed seal of the "Ontario Golf Association" and engraved text that trumpets, "General Motors Trophy, Ontario Open Golf Championship, 1940, Won By." Snead never bothered to have his name engraved below.

    Seven decades of storage have left their mark on the piece, most noticeably in denting to the trophy's lid and cracking and chipping of the black wooden base. Our catalog imagery should properly convey that these faults serve as little distraction for a piece so imposing in physical stature and historical importance. Letter of provenance from Jack Snead.

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