81180: 1920 Walter Hagen French Open Championship Medal
1920 Walter Hagen French Open Championship Medal. The French Open Championship Medal is the largest and most elaborately designed of all the National Open medals. Made of silver it measures 3x2.5". Walter Hagen won the event in a playoff. It was the first French Open to be contested since the end of World War I, the event having been canceled for the previous five years. The French Open is the oldest national championship conducted on the European continent, and today it commands one of the highest purses on the European Golf Tour. The front includes a detailed golf scene in relief with a gentleman In his follow-through, his young caddie by his side, and a man and a woman looking on, all dressed in early twentieth century attire. The back of the medal bears an elaborate design including a golf bag and clubs and the intertwined initials of the French governing body of golf, called Societe de Golf de Paris. The front also reads, "Grand Championnat Omnium (Opon (sic) Championship of France) 5 & 6 Juillet 1920 1er Prix." The medal's creator was E.O. Lelievre a reputed Continental artist whose name appears on the lower left side of the back. The medal is in excellent condition and comes with documentation establishing provenance directly from the Hagen family. National Championship medals won by famous golfers are premier golf collectibles, and this piece is one of the best.