Look up golf trophies on the web and you’re going to find exactly what you’d expect. Gaudy, plastic, piece of junk golf trophies with tiny gold painted figures on top that are made in China. Until now. I was out to change that when I sculpted the Mulligan golf trophy. The Mulligan was different than my other trophies because I wasn’t sculpting it with solely fantasy sports in mind. Even though there are fantasy golf fans, I knew that this golf trophy needed to cross over into the world of real sports leagues and golf tournaments. Guys would email me saying that they wanted a cool golf trophy to represent their family outing or a yearly tournament at work or with friends. Keeping that in mind, I grabbed some clay and got to work. With every design I first start by asking myself, “What would I want to play for?” From there I feel it’s a lot easier to achieve something that other sports fans would be thrilled to have. After several weeks the Mulligan was finished and I introduced it to the public. He’s gotten rave reviews from fans of FantasyTrophies.com and I can’t tell you how exciting it is when a guy says it’s the perfect trophy to represent his golf tournament, league, or even a hole in one.
See for yourself and tell me what you think.
The Mulligan golf trophy was released about a month ago and, by the early response, he’s definitely going to make his mark on the golf world. I’ve heard from a bunch of fans of FantasyTrophies.com that the Mulligan is the perfect trophy for their golf tournament, skins game, or to commemorate a hole in one. I knew when I was sculpting the Mulligan that I had something pretty special on my hands. One of the things that I do before I sculpt any trophy is to do some studying of the competition and research other trophies on the market. What I realized was that there is a lot of crap out there when it comes to golf trophies. Go ahead and look for yourself. Google search golf trophy and you’ll be amazed with the amount of junk you’ll discover. I knew I wanted something different and a trophy that would really speak to true golf fanatics and +10 handicappers everywhere. The Mulligan I feel is just that. And by what fans have been telling me, I’m not alone.
Father’s Day is right around the corner and people are always searching for great gift ideas for Dad. Socks and ties just don’t cut it anymore. If you want to give dad a gift he’ll no doubt remember, the Mulligan golf trophy is the way to go. If dad is an avid golfer, plays in a tournament with his buddies or a skins game with friends, or has gotten a hole in one; the Mulligan is the perfect gift this year. I mean come on, doesn’t dad deserve something more than the crappy shirt you were thinking of getting him? And don’t even think about purchasing another gift certificate to the restaurant he goes to all the time. It’s time to show dad you actually put some thought into a gift for him this year for Father’s Day. And you can even personalize his trophy by having a plate engraved for him. It’s a no brainer. The only question is do you go for the large or the small version.
I’m always trying to improve the process by which each trophy is produced. One of the ways to do this is to look at each mold and see if it can be made smaller to fit in the pressure pots. Pressurizing the resin as it sets up ensures that few or no air bubbles will be present when we take the cast out. This also lessons the time it takes to prep a trophy for the painting stage because air pockets need to be filled before a trophy is finished. Another way to improve the casting process is to streamline it in any way we can. This week my mold maker James tackled making the mold for casting the clubs for the Mulligan golf trophy. Instead of doing one at a time, he’s building a mold that will capture 10 fiberglass rods that will become the shaft of the golf club. The resin will flow down the 2 part mold into small cavities forming the club heads. It’s a time consuming process building a production mold like this but in the end it will be one more example of how we’re always trying to improve upon things at FantasyTrophies.com.
A golf trophy that has been months in the making is finally here. I’m proud to announce the Mulligan trophy is finally up on FantasyTrophies.com and ready for golf fans everywhere to check out. When I started FantasyTrophies.com in the mid 90’s I always thought about doing a golf trophy that would be similar in style to the Armchair series and the Throwback. I just wasn’t sure if I would sculpt a trophy that would be primarily fantasy golf based or something golf enthusiast everywhere could relate to. I eventually chose the latter. The Mulligan trophy, with the large base, stands 8 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ x 17 5/8″ H and is 11 pounds. Like all of my trophies, it’s made from a cast resin and given a hand painted bronze finish. All of the bases are made out of solid oak and given a hand rubbed polyurethane finish. Each large base can hold a total of 24 smaller plates along with the larger trophy title plate. It even has a nice sized divot that can double as a holder for that miracle hole in one ball.
What do you think?
A hole in one trophy is something only a select few have the fortune of having up on their mantle. I’m still amazed that I fall in that category. My hole in one came about 10 years ago at my buddy Bill’s bachelor party. It was on the second hole at Orchard Hills Golf Course in Chesterland, Ohio and I remember thinking it will be a miracle if we’re in any condition to even finish the round. I pulled out a 9 iron with about 130 yards to the front edge. When I hit the ball I thought I crushed it over the green and I remember trying to track the ball in the cloudy sky. Suddenly I heard a clank sound and figured I hit the top of the pin. My buddies though instantly started saying that they didn’t see the ball and thought it went right in the hole. I immediately started running for the green. When I got there the ball was nowhere to be found and I started thinking the unthinkable. Yes, a hole in one. I just got a hole in one! I started yelling like a mental patient and took the ball out of the cup and put it in my golf bag.
Orchard Hills would later give me a lame trophy with a plate stating my miraculous achievement. I think that trophy sits buried in my parent’s basement.
When I sculpted The Mulligan Trophy I had my hole in one ball in mind. It deserved better. Finally it’s time for the ball to rest on a fitting monument to my once in a lifetime accomplishment.
Doesn’t your ball deserve the same respect?
The new Mulligan golf trophy has been sculpted, cast, and finished and my guy Mike is hard at work updating the website. Now the hard part begins- getting the word out. When you have a great product you soon realize that it doesn’t matter if no one knows about it. I feel I have a pretty good understanding of many of the social platforms and what they can do for a small business like FantasyTrophies.com, but it really boils down to being disciplined and posting content about your product or service. The Mulligan now enters that realm. Reaching out to top golf blogs, celebrity golf tournaments, bars, and golf courses are all on the agenda.
If only all of that was as easy as sculpting the golf trophy itself.
The golf trophy I’ve been sculpting for the past few months, the Mulligan Trophy, has finally moved onto the mold making stage. I gotta say, I’m extremely excited for this trophy to get up on the site (FantasyTrophies.com) so that golf fanatics everywhere can have an opportunity to play for the most unique golf trophy on the market today. Hopefully I’ll have my first cast by this friday and I can then send photos off to my web guy. I’m pushing to have it up on the site within 3 weeks. Thanks for your patience. – Dave
Over the years I’ve had numerous people ask me if I was ever going to sculpt a golf trophy. Not a trophy that would be specifically designed for fantasy golf, but rather a trophy that could represent their office league or be given as a gift to a lifelong golf fanatic. A trophy that would truly embody the physical demands riding around in a golf cart while drinking a six pack can put on the body. Well, that time has come. Yesterday I started sculpting a golf trophy that all hackers can be proud of.
As you can see, he’ll still have that same “athletic build” you’ve come to expect from all of my trophies. The only difference is he won’t have his classic man slippers on his feet.
Keep checking in- I hope to have it completed in a few weeks.