US 1826641 A
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G. w. wADDELL GOLF BALL EJECTOR Oct 6, 1931.
Filed May 15. 1950 2 Sheets-Sheet l n Oct. 6, 1931. G. w. wADDELL GOLF BALL EJECTOR Filed May 15. 1930 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 5 wwe/who@ 5, W. Wa dell y Patentedrct. 6, 13931 Tg rice GEORGE w. WADDELL, or LAPAZ, INDIANA GOLF BALL'nJEcToR Application filed May 15V, 1930. Serial No. 452,701.
This invention relates to games and toys and more particularlytoa device `adapted tob'el mounted in a golf cup andv by means of which a golf ball after dropping `into the 75 cup vmaybe projectedupwardlyto such .a
position. that it `will either roll out of the 1 cup or may be very easily removed therefrom.
i Y f One object of the invention is to provide .a device whichwhen setyin place and properly Yl`adjusted will notinterfere witha Agolf ball dropping Vinto the cup "butat thesame time f permit the'ball to'be ymoved upwardly vand Hejected.fropmfthe"cup. n
'Another object of the kinvention 1s to so vv'form the'device that lit will limit downward movement off a golf ball wheny dropped into 'f vthe vcup and thereby `preventtheball from becomingsoiled byy contact with the bottom of the' cup and also.l prevent a .persons hands ,fromV becoming soiled bypreachingy into the cup in orderto remove a ball.
Another object of the invention is to so form l'th'efdevice that'it may serve not only as means 'for eje'cting a ball from the cup .25 Vbutalso constitute means for ysupporting a flag staff in an upright position within the y n f f lower sections 3 and l. The lower section has cup. d f
Another object of the invention 1s to pro- :vide' the device withl a latch for. releasably l 3f retaining it in ka retracted position andy so locate the latch that it may be releasedA by thrusting lthe flag stay downwardly into they cup in order to engage, the latch after a ball F .hasdropped into the cup.
f form ,theV device that the ball when dropping into the cup may move the latch to a releasing position and vtherebyfcau'se the ball to be im# ,'Anotherobject ofthe invention is to pro-rL vvide a golf ball ejecting device which is simple inconstruction and may be easily .set
. Another objectr of the invention'is *to sol mediately ejectedfrom the cup after drop-v Fig.. 2 isr a vertical sectional view showing the ball ejecting means in an extended position, 7
Fig. y3 is a fragmentary sectional View taken on the line 3 3 of Fig. l, f
n Fig. a is a top plan view of the cup and ball ejecting means,
Y Fig. 5 is a view similar to Fig. 1 showing v a' modified form of ball ejector-and Fig. 6 is atop plan view of the cup and ball 'ejector shown in Fig. 5.
The golf cup, which is indicated in general by the numeral' l,is setinto the ground in theusualmanner and is open at its upper end so that a golf ball may drop into the cup. The lower end of the cup may be formed with a bottom having openingstherein for drainage, butin the accompanying' drawings the cup is shownv provided with tongues 2 at its lower end which project inwardly to provide abutments. Instead of tongues the lower end of the cup may bel formed with an inwardly extending annular flange. l,
The combined ball ejector and flag staff supportiits within the cup, as shown in Figures 1,2 and 5, and consists of upper and formed in the abutting edgefaces ofthe other section `so that when the two sections are ap! plied to each other and secured by screws 1l aassedthroughfears 12 beneath the spring support thetwo lsections will be very firmly held in engagement with each other. It should bey noted that the marginal portions of the spring support, and base are recessed, kas shown at 13 and 14, so that rain water or water from melted snow flowing into the cup may pass downwardly tothe bottoni .of the post 6 and has its lower end enlarged eXp-' .l Y ai adaptedi'o bear against the internally thickV ened nnper Fernen 01 nhnnnenti? 9th-1e Peet, and liniit upwardl movement'fof the stenn The upper section has a rcup and into-the vground beneath the cup.
Therefore', water-will bepreventedfrom ac. cumulating inV the cup.V 'l
l hollow stem l5 of suchfdianieter thatit may slide 'freely' in the ter-nelly', as vshown at 16', in; orderfto :form
cir'cuinferentially,l extending abutment;
This stem is of suchlength'that Vwhen ,itl is in an elevated position the platform or ball support 18 formed integral withforthreaded upon its upper end7 as shown in Figure 2,
i Y l wifnjbe'disppsed'cleeetemet@ of the here,
1'9fiformedin the"y ground to receivev` thefjcup 'and thereby 'canse n self bell te. befether ieiected from'A the holeor-'the ball supported YLnench Peeten that it'mey be 'easily-re- :rn'ovedl This l'ballsupport`or, plattform 18 lorneed with .a depending Yz tnnular iangev 20 which'iftits 'snugly in the ,cup and guides slidfy ins mevernenf ef the, hell-'erinnert'anelsteln and. preventslikeliliooad of the 'ball support'v en @np @etching enel elngto morenpward'- lr' nile` 'proper Pennen! feneledspins .21 Snfrenndethe Stern 'and nnnerprtienfef the post and lasitsfflower' end resting'upon v'die 'Spring' Snpntl Whereinfie Seenredby, n (1l-i922 nndtelfnrperfend bearing against fliennflel fnelfeftle bell "Support Where it is secured aelip 23'." Theflower endl of the Yspring has'al'so been 'formed with lahoolr 24 ensesedthrenshnn .Opening feied in.
ne V.sieflier-g'- s'epporr entre@ to" very "firmly securethe'.v vspring"uponits support; This spring urges the ball vsupport anfd'stem 11pwardly'in order toeject" ai ball 'fromy the cup when the upper portion V`of the device isv rfef` leased "formovenient from afretracted positenzehevn in Figure l te 'an extended. posiv tion shown in Figure 2. f t
D; .-In'orderto releasably secure the ball sup-l port andiits'stemin' a retracted position there has-"beenfprovideda' latch 215,.' Thislaltch extends vertically atene side'of the and is', Lpivetally 'nlenntei 2S" Shown at 26,'I with ite upper pennen Preieetns'nplwedly @here the' vbelll .erinnert threfnghinn Opening 27 [formed therein and: its'lower yendis formedv Y thekeeperl 8 when-the :upper portion oit the device is pressed downwardly` and retain' ,o "it'i'n'a' retracted position. "Aspring 29fjcar vried by the'hall'l'suloport extends downwardly in'aengag'enientwith the latch andyieldably holds theV latchinl the position shownin Fig'- ufre Qsoithat whentheballs'upport lor upper portion 'ofthe deviceis pressed downwardly the bill will engage theikeeper and'retain the ball support; a retracted position. the upperlen'd of therlatch is'seoured a head 30 en@ frenien...i.nepeenen:ef ,Fiennes it" Y izaelii i posto with'the lower Vend of the flag stallE resting-upon'the ground or partially *embedded therein. so desired, 32'ha'vinga 'center opening 33 for passage of the .flag Astaff Inay beI secured upon the head 30 Vbyrivets 34 passed through theY disk and ends eine vlntnd.-v It Will readily Seen then .When
pressuref'is applied to the headorgdisk the latch will be moved out l of engagementfwith the keeper thereby releasing the ball support or upper portion of 'the device and permitting the Spring' 2 1 te :expend and mere the ball serrer#npwerdlyinntil upward lneref nient ,e'sfepped by ensneenlente .the ahnte :nene 1e; with the @bummeln .Therefrepe 'bell lreeftnsnron'nhe "enrrelter nnen the disk '32 .Will brenner eieeted 'freln thennnen ele* ated e0. Snell e position thet'itimey be Yerreasily removed;
Whenfthis .improved @elearning een@ i is in inse, it is Set-ei'ntea self! enr "embed,deelYV in :the ground, and' the' ball support .orzupper STO Pennen ofthev ereee@Reali-downwardly y untilthe latch engagesthe keeper.`y Sin'e "L f the keeper ,entends entirelyabouttheV 'post vcertain position circumferentiallyof the neder te engage thekeeper!" LWhen #Player is about jtodrive" ai ball into acup, litj iscus 1 ternary to remove the ilag's'tal'sothatjit will y not interfere with passagefof the' ballfinto il the cup but thefdiarneter'ot'the isal- Wnre enen that @bell .may dren into-"theme even if the flag stalisin 'place When a ball @repente www ens up@ ee en Soup# port and in order 'to eject' the ballfffroin'the cup it is merely necessary to .insert theflag 's'tail'nntil itsr'lower end rests'upon the head* 3() and then apply pressure in orderto niove the llatch outv of engagement with'the keeper. 'The will release the 'bell Support or' upper portion of the device andithefspringQlwill project it upwardly tothe lposition shown in y' Figure Zand 'oausve'the'ball tolbe either ejected froin'the hole orsupported insuch position"V that it inay helcasily';reinoved.V Y, The lae'stali may then be'applied to thefball. support and pressure exerted in orderl to force the ,bHf
support" its stem downwardly tof ai low'- ehefin'eu y* renie-device is" @sneeuwen e disk 32 'enen .ne ehewniin'Fisures' ,5; ande; the .ferceof the-'bailarines thefdisk will causethe latch to be released kand-th'e ball ejected. It thus 'beseen that when@ golf cup is equippedwitlrthis de I Wil-1 be'pfeventedffoln dTPPinb t0 the betteln or theenp andwbeenlineeld brlnnd oriotli/er'y ,the also lit will not be Ynenes.Serif for e 'pleurer te reach inte the cup' inV order to 'reinove the ball.w When igeaeeei dag stati' is set place, passes through the stem and postand, therefore, will be firm- V.ly held in an upright position and cannot moveto such a position that itmay interfere with a ball entering the 'cup in case the ball approaches the cup before the stalie is withdrawn. A golf club, such as a putter, may be employed to release the ejector if so desired instead of using the flag for this purpose.
Having thus described the` invention, I claim:y
l. A golf ycup comprising. a hollow body open 'at its top and adapted to be set into the ground, a flag staff holder extending vertically in said body, a ball support slidable inV the body vfrom a retracted to an elevated position, a latch carried by said support to engage the iiag stall holder and releasably retain said support in a retracted position and permit a ball to drop into the cup, and resilient means to project the supportfupwardly and move a ball into position for removal from the cup when the latch is released. l
2. A golf cup comprising a hollow body l .open at its top,a iiag stattl support in said bodyhaving tubular upper and `lower sections slidable onewithin the other, a collar secured about the upper section and moving therewith from a position adjacent the upper end of rthe body to a retracted position, a keeper carried byv the lower section of the staii support, alatch carried bysaid'collar and yieldably held in position to engage said keeper when the collar and upper section are pressed downwardly and releasably secure the collar and upper section in a depressed position, said latch being adapted to be moved to a ref leasing position by an element thrust downwardly into th-e body, and a spring tomove the collar and upper section upwardly into position to permit removalof a ball from the cupwhen the latch is released.
3.1%, golf cup comprising a hollow body open at its top, a flag staff support in said lbody having tubular upper and lower sections slidable one within the other, a collar secured about the upper section and moving therewith from a position adjacentthe upper end of the body to a retracted position, a keeper eX- tending entirely about the lower section, a latch pivoted to said collar with portions eX- tendedv above and below the collar and its lower portion formed with-a hill to engage said keeper and releasably secure the collar and upper section in a depressed position, the
latch being movable out of engagement with the keeper by pressure applied to its upper portion, and a spring to move the collar and .upper section upwardly into position to permit removal of a ball from the cup when the latch is released.
l 4. A golf cup comprisinga hollow body l open at its top, a viiag staff support in said body having tubular upper and lowersections slidable one withinthe other, a collar secured about the upper section and moving therewith from a positionadj acent the upper end of the 4body to a retracted position, keeper carried by the'lower portion, a latch pivoted to said I collar and yieldably held in position to engage said keeper when the collar and upper portion are pressed downwardly in the body and releasably secure' the collar and upper section in-'a depressed position, a spring support car- A w rie'djby'the lower 'section below said keeper, anda coiled spring disposed about said iiag staii support with its lower end resting upon the 'spring support and its upper end bearing against'said collar with the latch extending downwardly through the spring, said spring serving to move the collar and upper section upwardly into position to permit removal of aball from the cup when the latch is released.
5. A golf cup comprising a hollow body open at its top and adapted to be set intothe ground, a ball support slidable in the body from a retracted to an elevated position, a latch to lreleasably retain said support in a retracted position and permit a ball to'drop n into the cup, said latch being pivotally mounted'and extending upwardly aboveN said supportv and having a head at its upper end adapted to be pressed upon to move the latch to a releasing position, and resilient means to project the support upwardly and move a g5 ball into position for removal from the cup when the latch is released.
6. A golf cup comprising a hollow body open at its top, a flag staii support in said body having tubular ripper and lower sections slidable one within the other, a collar securedabout the upper section and moving therewith from a position adjacent the upper v end of the body to a retracted position, a keeper extending entirely about the lower section, a latch passed through an opening in said collar and pivoted to the collar, said latchhaving a bill at its lower end to engage said keeper and a head at its upper end disposed above the collar and adapted to be pressed upon to release the latch from the keeper, a spring urging the latch into position to engage the keeper when the collar and upper section are pressed downwardly, and
a spring to move the collar and upper section latch having a bill at its lower end to engage said keeper and a head at its upper end dis- Y PGSd L2m10.011s3c-he clllarfand adapted lto :lo'e' vpressed A.upon to releasey the latch fromihe Y 1- keeper, AL spring' urging the latch into posi#` v`tion to. engager'the keeper Whenfche collar :aJ I 1l' 5 upper section'argpnessed downwardly adlsk .f
secured upon vthpheadof said latch land,
' adapted to be Astruck by agolf bag-11 to apply;
n and a. spring 'to Y, move the collar and! upper ,H19 section yulwvard'ly ntoposton :to permit re- "moyal ofa'balvfrom the cupjwhenthevlatch 'isI'zelelmsued." p f In ktesti-m,oily'Where@l aX my signature.
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