Zenyatta has a Twitter account. So do London’s Big Ben, a houseplant that simply goes by “pothos,” the whale at the Museum of Natural History in New York City, the spacecraft Phoenix Mars lander, and someone’s deceased feline named Peter.
Then it should come as no surprise that the Senior PGA Championship trophy is on Twitter, too.
Known as Alfred S. Bourne, the sterling silver fella shines in many ways and took the time out of his busy travel schedule to tell us what keeps him sparkling.
Who is your namesake?
Alfred S. Bourne, an original member of Augusta National, home of The Masters, who donated $1,500 to create me, Alfred Jr., in 1937. I was produced at Tiffany’s (that really gets the ladies going!). Also, I weigh 30.5 pounds and am 40 inches tall and 18 inches wide, which makes me one of the largest prizes in golf.
What are some of the names engraved on you?
I am lucky to have some of the greatest golfers the game has ever seen engraved on me. Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Gene Sarazen are just a few.
After someone wins the Senior PGA, do they get to take you home?
Unfortunately, I am entirely too busy to go home with the winner. But they are lucky enough to take home a trophy that looks identical to me.
What about at the 72nd Senior PGA – who hands you to the winner?
The President of the PGA, Allen Wronowski, hands me over.
You’ve been making the rounds around town. What are the responses people have?
There is a lot of touching, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t get a whistle or two. I think mainly people are attracted to my fun-loving personality and shiny exterior. Once someone mistook me for my buddy, Stanley, who’s more into hockey than golf. I personally don’t think we look anything alike other than both being silver and covered in greatness.
Sometimes when I am out and about, people can get a little too excited, but I always travel with security and they will step in if things get too out of hand. My two main loves in life are people and golf, so I don’t mind the attention.
Where can people see you in the days leading up to Derby?
I will be all over town until the 72nd Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid starts on the May 24, and then you will be able to see me on site during the championship.
Just a few of the places I will be:
You can get up close and personal at The Voice-Tribune’s Third Thursday After-Work Party April 21 at Napa River Grill in Westport Village.
Hit me up at the Derby Festival Hole-in-One Finals on May 3 at Seneca Park Golf Course.
I’ll cruise the Derby Festival Pegasus Parade route in a Mercedes-Benz on May 5.
I’ll be at Molly Malone’s in St. Matthews for happy hour on May 11.
And you can see me at Churchill Downs on May 13. Race 7 is named after me, and I will present the trophy to the winner. Yes, a trophy will present the trophy (chuckles).
You can check out the 2011 Senior PGA Championship Facebook page for a full schedule and up-to-date additions.
Also, usually when you see me out I am giving away something. I’m nothing if not generous. It’s how I was, er, molded.
Will you attend Derby? Can you share your current Derby favorite?
Right now I am trying to narrow down outfit choices (bowtie or regular tie?) and decide who I am going to take as my date, since I heard Reese Witherspoon was recently taken off the market. My current Derby favorite is Pants on Fire. The name just sounds like a horse that would be running fast. Do you know if they take silver at the betting windows or just dollars?
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About the Author (Author Profile)
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.
Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.