This year marks the 11th of 12 seasons that the Champions Tour's elite players have had to wait until the final tournament of the year to determine who will win the prestigious Charles Schwab Cup, a season-long competition designed to recognize the Champions Tour's leading player.
Players receive points for top-10 finishes and ties based on each week's money distribution in official events, with $1,000 earned being the equivalent of one Charles Schwab Cup point. Double points are awarded at the five major championships and to the entire 30-man field at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz., at Desert Mountain's Cochise Course.
There have been some great photos of past champions displaying a winning smile while cradling the trophy after a successful season of hard work and stellar play. It shows how important, meaningful and satisfying it is for these champions to capture the trophy, and the $1 million bonus.
The trophy itself is a star on its own, manufactured at the turn of the century by the Boardman Silversmiths Company before the inaugural competition in 2001.
It's made of lead-free pewter plated with 24-karat gold vermeil while the wooden base is finished with five coats of black lacquer and then fitted with a lead-free pewter band also plated with 24kt gold vermeil. The handles were hand-casted separately of lead-free pewter and were later joined to the trophy body. The trophy has the name "Charles Schwab Cup" and a golfer in full swing engraved on its main body.
After the trophy was completely assembled it took a visit to the polishing department to remove any possible imperfections in the metal. A visit to the plating department was next, going through several rinse cycles to remove residual compounds prior to plating. A base coat of pure bright copper was applied to allow good adhesion of the gold vermeil before the entire trophy was plated with twelve-microns of 24kt gold. The trophy returned to the polishing department for a final high luster finish. After the addition of the wooden base, the trophy went through a final inspection, completing the process of the Charles Schwab Cup. The entire trophy and base weighs 20 lbs. and stands 27 inches tall.
Since its inception, the Charles Schwab Cup has been in the hands of just seven champions. Whoever captures this magnificent trophy at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz., will stand tall and feel a little light-headed with the excitement of clinching the trophy.
|Past Charles Schwab Cup champions|
The Boardman Silversmith Company has manufactured other one-of-a-kind pieces such as The Presidents Cup, the Borg-Warner Trophy (Indianapolis 500) and the American Hockey League's Calder Cup, as well as many other historical pieces.