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Schenectady Harry C. Lee Co. Putter

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Price:
Sales price: $375.00

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This historic putter could be a showcase item for your collection. 

Description:
Vintage Schenectady aluminum head wooden shaft right-handed putter. Approximately 35" long, head 3¾" long. Club face with criss-cross pattern, imprint engraved "Schenectady Putter, Pat Mar 24 1903" on back of head. The Schenectady putter possibly has the most fascinating story of any golf club, and innovative in its design while controversial in its use.  Made famous by a legendary golfer Walter Travis and the object of more imitation than any club ever introduced, invented in Schenectady, NY.

This Schenectady Putter "Harry C Lee" 1903 Wood Shaft This is a excellent example of an important putter that was so good it was once banned in England! Every golf collection should have a Schenectady Putter in it, and this is one of the better ones you'll find. The Schenectady is considered one of the most popular of all collectible clubs. The front has a deep waffle pattern. This beautiful putter is in fantastic condition.

The Schenectady putter is called that because its first proponents knew the club emanated from the upstate city of Schenectady, New York. The club was invented in late 1901 or early 1902 by Arthur F. "Frank" Knight, an engineer at the local General Electric plant. Knight, an avid golfer, was member of the Mohawk Golf Club and built the first prototype clubs in the shed behind his house. By 1902 he had perfected his putter and its first big success soon came in the hands of Walter Travis as he tied for second in the 1902 US Open. In the 1903 U.S. Amateur Championship, Travis was victorious with the Schenectady.

Travis made the transatlantic trip to Sandwich, England for the British Amateur in 1904 w the he once again prevailed with his Schenectady. A blunt and straight forward man, Travis made remarks at the championship dinner that irritated some British golfers who were exceedingly angered at having lost their trophy to a foreign golfer for the first time. Travis's use of the Schenectady was duly noted but little else was said about it.

Four years later, a freak turn of history brought Knight's club back into the headlines. The Royal & Ancient Golf Club (of St. Andrews) Committee on the Rules of Golf declared illegal a group of clubs, mostly center-shafted in design, beginning January 1911. Adding fuel to the ensuing controversy the U.S.G.A did not ban the Schenectady interpreting the British ruling differently. In 1959, the R & A finally lifted its ban on center-shafted clubs.

Description:
Vintage Schenectady aluminum head wooden shaft right-handed putter. Approximately 35" long, head 3¾" long. Club face with criss-cross pattern, Harry C. Lee's Acorn cleek mark on sole, engraved autograph imprint on top and engraved "Schenectady Putter, Pat Mar 24 1903" on back of head. Leather grip recovered with period brown cloth tape.
The Schenectady putter "possibly has the most fascinating story of any golf club...innovative in its design, controversial in its use [due to its mallet-like head], made famous by a legendary golfer [Walter Travis] and the object of more imitation than any club ever introduced...invented in...Schenectady, NY...[by] Arthur F. 'Frank' Knight...an avid golfer and member of the Mohawk Golf Club" - Peter Georgiady, Collecting Antique Golf Clubs, pp.172-3.
Condition:
A few nicks and thin cracks to aluminum, other slight wear overall; very good or better.
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