Follow the U.S. Open Championship Trophy – one of the most iconic in all of sport dating back to its origins in 1895 – as it makes its way to Pittsburgh, Pa. in a 2016 Lexus GX leading up to the 116th U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club!  View Full Schedule

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Lexus Log Day 47:

One of things that makes the U.S. Open Trophy so special is its enduring place in history, that everyone who finishes on top after the final putt drops has their name inscribed on it forever. The significance of this was never more on display than it was on Saturday, when Dave Parks made a visit to Dicks’ Sporting Goods at South Hills Village in Pittsburgh to check it out. The trophy was there to give fans who were taking part in the Epic Putt Challenge an up-close look. Parks wanted to take a look because his father, Sam Parks Jr., is the 1935 U.S. Open champion, winning the title at Oakmont, the second time the championship was held there. Eighty-one years later, Oakmont is getting ready to host the U.S. Open for the ninth time, and Parks’ name still shines brightly on the trophy for his descendants to see. His name will be joined by one more just over a week from now.


Lexus Log Day 42:

All 9,877 U.S. Open entrants had one goal when they filed their entries: to lift the trophy on the 18th green of Oakmont Country Club on Sunday. In order to have the opportunity to do that, most had to first make it through qualifying. On Monday, June 6, the final day of qualifying, the trophy made a visit to Wedgewood Golf & Country Club, in Powell, Ohio, where 103 players were vying for 13 spots at Oakmont during 36 holes of sectional qualifying. The baker’s dozen that made it through will be a part of the 156-player field at Oakmont, and earned their spots with the ultimate prize in attendance. Since 1976, four players have won the championship after making it into the field via sectional qualifying. Their names are forever enshrined on the trophy.


Lexus Log Day 37:

The 116th U.S. Open starts in two weeks in western Pennsylvania, and the trophy has been getting plenty of attention throughout the Pittsburgh area. Beyond the Steel City, the excitement of the world’s greatest players competing on golf’s grandest stage is enticing the entire region, so this week, the Burgh spread some championship cheer with their neighbors to the west. After recently spending some time with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, the trophy was present for the Cleveland Indians’ game on Wednesday, June 1, against the Texas Rangers, also receiving some face time on Fox Sports Ohio during the evening. The game kept fans on the edge of their seats, with Yan Gomes ultimately winning it for the Tribe off an RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning. That kind of down-to-the-wire drama sounds a lot like what we could see at Oakmont in two short weeks.

 

Lexus Log Day 27:

With the U.S. Open less than a month away, the trophy made a visit to the 911th Airlift Wing at the Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station on Saturday, May 21, giving some of the men and women who serve our country a chance to see it up close. The 911th embodies the selflessness of those who choose to serve; it is made up virtually entirely of volunteers, over 1,200 Air Force Reserve members, 90 percent of whom are from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Close to 150 of them stopped by to see the trophy, which will be awarded to the winner of the championship at nearby Oakmont Country Club. Every day at the 911th, work is being done that is worthy of championship recognition. The trophy will be in the military spirit again on Memorial Day, when it makes a stop at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Pittsburgh.


Lexus Log Day 25:

Next month, the U.S. Open Trophy will be hoisted by the champion for the 116th time, and what place for that to happen is more apropos than Oakmont Country Club? The track will be hosting the championship for a record ninth time and sits just outside of Pittsburgh, which a generation ago was dubbed the “City of Champions” thanks to the rousing success of its professional sports teams. The Pittsburgh Pirates, winners of five World Series titles, are celebrating the return of the U.S. Open to the area, welcoming the trophy to PNC Park prior to their game with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, May 19. The trophy made its way into the clubhouse and onto the field, and will be back on June 11 for the Pirate’s Saturday Block Party. Fans can take advantage of food, games and live entertainment before the Bucs take on the St. Louis Cardinals. They’ll be in the U.S. Open spirit inside the park, as well, with Lexus Golf Ambassador and world No. 1 Jason Day throwing out the first pitch. He’ll have his eye on home plate, and definitely the trophy, as well.


 


Lexus Log Day 22:

The U.S. Open Trophy Tour made a pit stop at The Club at Nevillewood (Pa.) on Monday for local qualifying on Monday, May 16, serving as a reminder to all of the competitors of what they are playing for. The local qualifier at Nevillewood is one of 111 that will help determine the field for the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club. State and regional golf associations play a vital role in conducting these local qualifiers, and in this case, the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association’s efforts were rewarded with some up-close time with the U.S. Open Trophy.

 

Lexus Log Day 20:

The U.S. Open Trophy Tour continued on Saturday with a visit to the Dick’s Sporting Goods location in Cranberry Township, Pa., where patrons could also participate in the Epic Putt Challenge. Many a U.S. Open has been decided by a memorable putt on the 18th green – Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines, Payne Stewart at Pinehurst No. 2, Hale Irwin at Medinah, just to name a few – and the Epic Putt Challenge allows participants to attempt their own epic putts on an extra-long putting green with attempts from several distances. While participants – there were approximately 150 in attendance on Saturday – couldn’t take the trophy home with them like the champions of past, a photo opportunity with the U.S. Open Trophy gave participants a sense of what it’s like to win the most storied championship in all of golf. The Trophy Tour and Epic Putt Challenge will continue at various Pittsburgh-area Dick’s Sporting Goods locations every Saturday leading up to the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club. For a complete schedule of Open For All activities, click here.




Lexus Log Days 16 and 17:

The U.S. Open Trophy can be seen at the USGA Museum in Far Hills, N.J., throughout the year, and on Thursday, it visited another golf museum: the Jack Nicklaus Museum in Columbus, Ohio, on the campus of Ohio State University, Nicklaus’ alma mater. Nicklaus won the first of his four U.S. Open titles at Oakmont, in 1962 in a playoff with Arnold Palmer. Nicklaus will return to Oakmont this summer as an honorary co-chairman of the championship. Nicklaus will also serve as honorary chairman for the 2016 U.S. Senior Open at Scioto Country Club, the course at which he learned to play the game. The trophy also got in some more TV time, appearing on the Dayton, Ohio-based Fox 45 in the Morning on Wednesday, as well as Good Day Columbus on Thursday.






Lexus Log Day 14:

The U.S. Open Trophy Tour continued its string of visits to golf courses in the Pittsburgh area on Monday, this time making a stop at Bob O’Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park for the course’s PLAY9 Day event. Now in its third year, the USGA’s PLAY9™ initiative encourages golfers to play nine-hole rounds as a way to fit the game into their busy schedules. This year, the USGA is observing six PLAY9 Days, fittingly on the ninth day of each month from May through October. Visit usga.org/play9 for more information.



Lexus Log Day 13:

The U.S. Open Trophy Tour took center stage during pop-up stops at two Pittsburgh-area clubs that are assisting in volunteer efforts for the 116th U.S. Open Championship. Shannopin Country Club and Longue Vue Club are providing 92 and 43 volunteers, respectively for next month’s championship at Oakmont. The Trophy Tour continues with an official stop on Monday at Bob O’Connor Golf Course in celebration of the first PLAY9™ Day of the 2016 season.


Lexus Log Day 12:

With the first week of the Trophy Tour having been filled with baseball, television appearances, and the Pittsburgh Marathon, the U.S. Open Trophy switched gears and visited the Carnegie Science Center on Saturday. Located on Pittsburgh’s scenic North Shore, the Carnegie Science Center brings science to life for visitors of all ages, featuring exhibits that run the gamut from a real submarine to a walk-in replica of the International Space Station to the world’s largest permanent robotics exhibit. In the spirit of the 116th U.S. Open coming to nearby Oakmont Country Club, the center is also hosting the American Golf History-Coming to Life exhibit, where visitors can learn the history of the game while experiencing first-hand the impact that technology has had on the evolution of the game. Click here for more information about the exhibit.


Lexus Log Days 8 and 9:

Following its TV appearance on Fox & Friends, the U.S. Open Trophy took in Tuesday night’s baseball game at the University of Pittsburgh. In a town with great baseball tradition – the Pirates have won five World Series titles – the Pitt Panthers defeated the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, 9-1, while the Bucs rekindled their 2015 playoff matchup against the Chicago Cubs across town. The trophy returned to the golf world on Wednesday, visiting Valley Brook Country Club in McMurray, Pa. The club is providing 73 volunteers for next month’s U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club. On Wednesday, golfers who were on hand got to take an up-close look at the trophy.

 

Lexus Log Day 7:

The U.S. Open Trophy visited New York City on Tuesday for some TV time on Fox’s morning talk show, “Fox & Friends.” Fox Sports golf analyst Holly Sonders and USGA historian Michael Trostel sat down with co-hosts Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade to talk about the trophy and what to expect at Oakmont Country Club in next month’s 116th U.S. Open. Over 40 hours of live U.S. Open coverage will be aired by Fox Sports, with their coverage of 2016 USGA championships starting later this month with the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club. Watch Tuesday’s segment below.

 

Lexus Log Day 6:

After a couple days of TV time in the Washington-Baltimore area, the U.S. Open Trophy made its first pit stop in Pittsburgh. With the 116th U.S. Open less than seven weeks away at nearby Oakmont Country Club, the trophy took residence at the finish line of the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday during the Finish Line Festival in Point State Park. Both the Pittsburgh Marathon and the U.S. Open are demanding tests of physical ability and mental strength, and both feature large international fields of competitors and large galleries of spectators. So, on another Sunday not far from now, a champion will hoist this trophy having endured many of the same challenges faced by the winners of the Pittsburgh Marathon.

 

Lexus Log Day 4:

After a day in the City of Brotherly Love, the trophy for America's national open golf championship headed south to the nation's capital, where it got some airtime on "Good Day DC," a talk show on Washington, D.C.'s Fox affiliate, WTTG. The D.C. area is no stranger to the U.S. Open, as nearby Congressional Country Club, in Bethesda, Md., has hosted the championship three times, and was most recently the site of Rory McIlroy's record-setting performance in 2011. Woodmont Country Club, in Rockville, Md., is a regular host site for U.S. Open sectional qualifying, as it will be on Monday, June 6. The trophy has a busy day of travel ahead, as it will be at the Pittsburgh Marathon Finish Line Festival on Sunday from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., the first of many opportunities for fans to get an up close look at the trophy in the Pittsburgh during the month of May. The full schedule can be found below.


Lexus Log Day 3: 

Oakmont Country Club, which sits right outside of Pittsburgh, will host the U.S. Open for a record ninth time, but western Pennsylvania isn’t the only part of the Keystone State that is used to hosting competitors on golf’s grandest stage. The 116th U.S. Open will be the 17th in Pennsylvania, and much of that storied history has been made in the Philadelphia area. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, hosted the champion for a fifth time in 2013, with Philadelphia Country Club (1939) and Philadelphia Cricket Club (1907, 1910) also getting their turn. Philly: the City of Brotherly Love, the city of cheesesteaks, the home of the Liberty Bell, and also the home of some of golf’s greatest moments. All in all, it was a successful return visit for the trophy:

 

Lexus Log Day 2: MLB Network

Before heading west toward Pittsburgh, the U.S. Open Trophy made a pit stop in Secaucus, N.J., and got a tour of its own of the MLB Network studio. With 30 Major League Baseball teams battling for the World Series title and the right to hoist the Commisioner's Trophy later this year, it was certainly valuable to do a little field research on the way to Oakmont. 

 

Lexus Log Day 1: USGA Museum

The U.S. Open Trophy was buckled into the Lexus GX on Tuesday, April 26, leaving its home at the USGA Museum in Far Hills, N.J., to begin its journey to the 116th U.S. Open. Inscribed on the walls of the Hall of Champions at the Museum are the names of every single USGA champion dating back to 1895. Fans will have a chance to get a glimpse of the trophy on Sunday, May 1, at the Pittsburgh Marathon, the first official stop of the Open For All Trophy Tour powered by Lexus.

TROPHY TOUR SCHEDULE (Subject to Change; All Times Local)

DateLocationHours of Operation
Sunday, May 1Pittsburgh Marathon Finish Line Festival
Point State Park
101 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuesday, May 3Fox and Friends                                
1211 Avenue of Americas
New York, NY 10036
6 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tuesday, May 3

Pitt Baseball vs. Maryland Eastern Shore
Charles L. Cost Field
365 Robinson St Ext.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

6 - 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 7

Carnegie Science Center
1 Allegheny Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Monday, May 9

Bob O'Connor Golf Course                                                     
5370 Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

3 - 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 14Cranberry Highlands Golf Course
5601 Freshcorn Road
Cranberry Twp., PA 16066
7 - 11 a.m.
Saturday, May 14DICK'S Sporting Goods
Cranberry Crossroads
2021 Mackenzie Way
Cranberry Twp., PA 16066
12 - 4 p.m.
Monday, May 16U.S. Open Local Qualifier
The Club at Nevillewood
Presto, PA 15142
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuesday, May 17

South Park Golf Course
East Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15236

1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 19

PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves)
115 Federal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

4 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 21

DICK'S Sporting Goods
The Mall at Robinson
5000 Robinson Center Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15205

12 - 4 p.m.
Thursday, May 26

Penn State Golf Courses
1523 W. College Avenue
State College, PA 16801

10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 28DICK'S Sporting Goods
South Hills Village
301 South Hills Village Drive, Suite #201
Pittsburgh, PA 15241
12 - 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 29Pittsburgh National Golf Club
287 Monier Road
Gibsonia, PA 15044
 1 - 5 p.m.
Monday, May 30Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum 
4141 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday, June 1

Wharton Golf Center at North Olmsted Golf Club
One Golfview Lane
North Olmsted, OH 44070

9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 4

DICK'S Sporting Goods
Cranberry Crossroads
2021 Mackenzie Way
Cranberry Twp., PA 16066 

12-4 p.m.
Monday, June 6U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier
Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club
3737 Village Club Drive
Powell, OH 43065
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Monday, June 6U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier
Wedgewood Golf and Country Club
9600 Wedgewood Blvd.
Powell, OH 43065 
1 - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, June 7Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, June 10South Park Amphitheater Concert Series
3701 Farmshow Drive
South Park Township, PA 15129
5 - 10 p.m.
Saturday, June 11DICK'S Sporting Goods
South Hills Village
301 South Hills Village Drive, Suite #201
Pittsburgh, PA 15241
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday, June 11PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals)
115 Federal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
4 - 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 12U.S. Open Spectactor Square
Pre-Championship Merchandise Opening
301 Coxcomb Hill Road
Oakmont, PA 15139
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday, June 12Hartwood Acres Amphitheater Concert Series
4070 Middle Road
Allison Park, PA 15101
5 - 10 p.m.

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