Champion Golfer Becomes Victim Of Chiswick Crime Wave
Georgia Hall's British 2018 Open trophy was stolen from her parked car
Georgia pictured with the trophy some months ago
A prestigious silver golf trophy belonged to British Open Champion Georgia Hall was stolen from her car in Chiswick in broad daylight.
The incident happened when she was visiting her agent at the IMG offices two months ago.
Her car was parked on a street near Ravenscourt Park and the incident happened around midday.
The 23-year-old from Bournemouth has had a meteoric rise to success in the competitive golf world. Last year she became just the third British golfer to win the Open. But, speaking ahead of this year's event at Woburn this week, where she was defending her title, she said she was devastated not to be able to return the trophy she won in 2018.
Reports in the national press said the trophy was in the boot of the car in its box, when the tinted rear window was smashed and the item was taken.
“They smashed in my back window, like 12 o’clock middle of the day and just took it,” she said.
“I don’t know if they knew it was me or not because it was in the box and everything. I had golf clubs as well, and they didn’t take them. It was a bit strange.
“Obviously I was very upset at the time. I was on my own and nothing had happened to me like that before, so I was a little bit scared.
“I obviously feel a little bit silly having it in the car. Maybe I should have took it out but, you know, some things happen like this in life and you just get on with it.”
There was no nearby CCTV to record the incident.
Chiswick has suffered a spate of crime in recent months, with 'smash and grab' incidents of mobile phones, items stolen from parrked cars etc.
Recently we reported that several traders based on the other end of the High Road have had their display windows smashed and items stolen overnight by criminals who make a quick getaway on a moped.
There are no further details about this particular incident.
Ms Hall is concerned that the silver trophy may already have been melted down and sold. The original is trophy is kept in the R&A clubhouse in St Andrews.
An IMG spokesperson was quoted in a national newspaper as saying “It was a replica trophy. It was Georgia’s replica. So it will get replaced.”
The value is estimated at £5,000-£6,000, according to reports.
IMG has commissioned a new trophy for this year’s event since AIG has taken over from Ricoh as title sponsor.
Georgia captured her first LPGA title in May when she won the Pure Silk Championship at the Kingsmill Resort.
“My Kingsmill one is safely at home right now,” she said.
IMG declined to make any comment on the matter to us.
August 4, 2019