Historic Golf Gear and Memorabilia of Golf Collectors in Westchester and the Hudson Valley
Masterpieces and mementos: Hudson Valley and Westchester’s golf collectors preserve and celebrate the game
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Maury Povich, New York
TV viewers know Maury Povich as the star of numerous programs over the years including A Current Affair and two iterations of The Maury Povich Show (now just Maury). Golfers, though, know Povich as a longtime member of Century Country Club in Purchase, a perennial competitor in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and a devoted collector of historical golf equipment and memorabilia. The 73-year-old got hooked some 20 years ago and has bought, sold, and traded some fascinating items, especially clubs dating as far back as the 17th century.
“The clubs are remarkable,” Povich says. “They’re handmade and there was an artistry to it. I was really taken aback by how intimate the individual golfers were with their clubs.” Povich has several long-nosed clubs made around 1820 by Hugh Philp, the first official club maker for the Society of Golfers at St. Andrews. He also has a “Schenectady” putter, made famous by Walter Travis when he used it to win the British Amateur in 1904. Travis was not only the first American to win that tournament, but was also the designer of Westchester Country Club’s West Course.
Two of the few 20th century items Povich owns are programs to the first Masters Tournament in 1934 and for the 1930 U.S. Open at Interlachen, where Bobby Jones won the tournament on his way to capturing the Grand Slam.