The Lincoln Land Charity Classic, a Web.com Tour golf tournament, commissioned Bennett Awards to create a custom perpetual championship trophy for their inaugural championship event.
The Web.com Tour is the developmental tour for the PGA Tour, and features professional golfers who have either not yet reached the PGA Tour, or those who have failed to win enough money to stay on the PGA Tour. The golfers who are on the top 25 of the Web.com Tour money list at the end of the year are given PGA Tour memberships for the next season. Since the 2013 season, the Web.com Tour has been the dominant pathway for non-members to earn their PGA Tour card.
This was the inaugural year of Lincoln Land Charity event. The tournament was held July 14-17, 2016, at the Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, IL. The course was designed in 1992 by World Golf Hall of Fame Member Hale Irwin. The championship consisted of a 156-player field that was competing for a $550,000 purse. Proceeds from all ticket sales benefited local charities.
For this Web-com Tour event, the Lincoln Land Charity Classic commissioned Bennett Awards to create a custom perpetual trophy. The trophy consisted of a unique, custom sculpture of a top hat (like the one worn by Abraham Lincoln) mounted on top of a large black hardwood base. The sculpture measured 13” tall, while the base was 11” tall. The sculpture was cast in pewter and featured a gold-plated finish. The Lincoln Land Charity Classic logo was sublimated printed on the top of the hat. A large plate engraved with the logo and champion designation was adhered to the front of the base. Finally, engraved plates indicating the champion of year’s tournament will be attached to the base as well.
The 2016 champion of the Lincoln Land Charity Classic was Martin Flores, who captured his first Web.com Tour victory by two shots.