The Garbanzo is made of native PA poplar. The base is made of native PA cherry. The 9 iron head was donated by tournament organizer Jerry Burke, who pleaded the 5th as to how it came to be in that state.
The coveted Garbanzo, the most unique trophy in golf, perhaps the most unique trophy in all of sport, was awarded for the first time, last Saturday, to Dr. Peter I. Psomiadis of Perkasie, PA, as champion of the 3rd Annual Hummus Open Golf Tournament benefiting The King’s Jubilee. Peter signed and dated the bean twice, since he won in 2010, as well. Last year’s winner was unable to attend this year, because of difficulty of travel because of the unreliable gas supply due to superstorm Sandy. We will catch up with him later. We carved them into the surface of the Garbanzo, in what will become an annual tradition.
Some may think it incongruous to see a Celtic font used for hummus. The choice was very intentional. The brains behind this event is Dr. Jerome Burke. The founder and director of The King’s Jubilee is Cranford Coulter. The man who designed and donated the trophy and designed the font is John Haggerty. So with Burke, Coulter and Haggerty working on it, just be glad there isn’t a leprechaun somewhere.
This trophy will only get more beautiful with age. The richness of the colors and the grains of these native, Pennsylvania woods will deepen. This piece is finished with Watco Danish Oil. We rubbed black, paste shoe polish into the engravings to make them stand out.
This year’s event was held a Mainland Golf Course with a home cooked dinner afterwards at the home of Jerry and Karen Burke. The small field had a great time. They told me that they got their money’s worth on the golf. Peter said that they paid only pennies a stroke.
We are already laying the plans for next year’s tournament. With such a classy trophy, guys will be lining up to play! It is always an opportunity for good fun, good friends and helping a good cause!