The Robert Cox Trophy
U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship
Presented annually by the USGA since 1896
The Robert Cox Trophy is the longest-serving original USGA championship trophy, having been presented annually to the U.S. Women’s Amateur champion since 1896. After awarding a silver pitcher to the winner of the inaugural championship, the USGA sought a permanent trophy. Cox, a member of British Parliament from Scotland and a graduate of the University of St. Andrews, offered to donate a trophy on condition that the 1896 championship be contested at Morris County Golf Club in Morristown, N.J. The USGA accepted his condition, along with the sterling silver trophy which incorporates an enamel thistle overlay and large inset gems. Detailed scenes of St. Andrews appear on the front and back badges, while the base includes a classic tartan pattern. The design of the Cox Trophy is widely regarded as one of the finest in all of sports.