President Taft and Vice-President
make trophy presentations at the first
Chevy Chase Invitational.
President's Taft's love of golf is well known and documented as his is relationship
to his beloved Chevy Chase Club where he spent many afternoon during his time in
Washington. What is not so widely know is that President Taft was the 1st
President of the United States to be present a golf tournament trophy.
In May 1911 the Chevy Chase Club to celebrate the opening of its
"extended course" held an Invitation Tournament. Among the invited
were many top golfers from the area including President Taft's friend and often
golf partner Walter Travis. As fate would have Mr. Travis won the tournament and
was presented the winner's trophy by the President. In another "twilight
zone" twist of fate Vice-president Sherman was on hand to present the
runner-up trophy. The runner-up it turned out was Thomas M. Sherman the
Pictured above is the runner-up golf trophy presented by Vice-President James
Sherman also pictured.
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