It's not always welcome in a home. Its gleaming body inevitably collects dust and it may be out of harmony totally with the furniture and ornaments in the lounge.
But anyone who has had the privilege of receiving one will tell you that looking at a shiny trophy is akin to gazing into a crystal ball of treasured memories.
Ask teenage golfer Lauree Southerden and she'll tell you what it's like to win the Hawke's Bay women's under-21 tournament three times in a row and have nothing to show for it.
But all that changed last Thursday when the Hawke's Bay Eagle Society presented her with the Golf Hawke's Bay Girls Junior Championship Trophy at the Napier Golf Club following the society's annual golf fundraiser for the Halberg Trust.
"It's good to have something to compete for," Southerden told SportToday, which had highlighted the discrepancy in July when the boys' winner, Supravee Phatam, of Napier Boys' High School, was awarded a trophy for his efforts in the age-group event but none was presented to the girls' winner.
"It's a big and heavy one (trophy) and they've backdated it," said a delighted Southerden, who has her name etched on the silverware for winning in 2002 and 2004-2006. Former Hastings Girls' High School headgirl Sheridan Graham, now studying in the US, won in the inaugural year of 2001, and in 2003.
The trophy is the pride and joy of Southerden's parents, father Kim, the Napier club professional, and Mum Julianne.
"It's sitting on a mantelpiece in the lounge next to the Southern Hawke's Bay Mixed Foursomes Trophy I won last October. They are both big trophies so they look really funny but my parents are really happy," said Southerden, 17, who will join Phatam and Hastings Boys High School's Josh Downey at the Eagle society's national tournament at Te Awamutu Golf Club on September 26-27.
Bay society secretary Kevin Pike said Taradale company Ian Carr Jewellery Ltd came to the rescue when the Hawke's Bay Today story highlighted the lack of a girls' trophy.
The society's golf tourney last Thursday raised $15,000 for the Halberg Trust to help CCS with funding.
Among the players teeing off were trust chief executive officer Graham Taylor, trustee Sir Brian Lochore, New Zealand Eagle Society president Kevin Murphy, of Wellington, and national secretary Morris Turner.
Players paid $35 each to tee-off and the major sponsors were DG Glenn Logging, Tony Brownlee, of Kohatu Farms, Lowe Corporation and Bank of New Zealand.
The society was the brainchild of a group of veteran Auckland golfers in 1964, who wanted to give something back to golf in the form of encouraging youngsters into the sport.
Gladstone Wilson, of Waipukurau Golf Club, became a member soon after it was formed, later rising to the rank of a national board member.
"You can't just join the society, you have to be invited," said Pike, of Waipukurau.
The society's objectives include fellowship, visiting clubs in their regions to help organise major championships and fostering and promoting junior golf.
The Bay society, Pike says, has 107 members who visit clubs in the province, especially the smaller ones in the peripheral areas.
Ironically, the Bay society, like any other branch around the country, does not have any female members. However, the national body last year requested its branches to consider inviting female members who have selflessly made valuable contributions to the sport.
"We have a lot of members so it may not happen here for a while but it may happen in some smaller golfing districts, such as West Coast, where they have only six to seven clubs and it's logical to get female members to help out. Each district will have to make its own decision on the matter," Pike said.