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Патент USA US3063732

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NOV- 13, 1962
Filed May 5, 1960
Charles B. Overbaugh
United States Patent
Charles B. Overbangh, P.0. Box 842, Denver, Colo.
Filed May 5, 1960, Ser. No. 27,109
5 Claims. (Cl. 273-210)
Patented Nov. 13, 1962’
other used an excessive quantity of material and was cum
bersome in form. Actually, the cost of material in a
single tee is comparatively insigni?cant, but the use of
such tees for advertising purposes where large numbers
are printed at minimum cost makes the material cost an
important factor. With such in view, the present inven
This invention relates to supports for spherical objects,
tion was conceived, developed and tested, and comprises,
and more particularly to a support for golf balls, and the
in essence, a ten-type golf ball tee having an improved
ball-retaining saddle in its ridge which helps to stabilize
invention will thus be hereinafter referred to as a tee.
Reference is made to my application ?led October 22, 10 the tent form when holding the ball, as hereinafter de
scribed in detail.
1953 for Golf Ball Tee, Serial Number 387,885 which
Referring more particularly to the embodiment illus
was issued as Patent Number 2,809,839 on October 15,
trated at FIGS. 1 to 4, the improved tee 10 is formed as
1957, and to my application ?led March 15, 1956 for
a blank 10a of cardboard or similar sheet material and
Golf Ball Tee, Serial Number 571,853 which was issued
this blank is suitably scored and cut in the center portion
as Patent Number 2,898,110 on August 4, 1959, for the
to provide the contemplated form when folded for ?nal
present invention is a development from and improve
ment over the structures disclosed in these issued patents.
The objects of the present invention are to provide a
use as in the manner illustrated. The ridge 11 is a folded
edge de?ned by a fold score 11a on the blank which ex
tends transversely across the rectangular unit to divide it
novel and improved tee construction which: is formed
of a small rectangular blank of sheet material such as 20 into two identical panels 12 and 12a.
It follows that the longitudinal edges 13a of the rec
cardboard; is of a structure that may be shaped by a single
tangular blank will form the inclined sides 13 of the tent
stamping operation; is a unit so cheap in cost that adver
shaped tee and the transverse end edges 14a of the blank
tising material may be printed on its surface to defray
form the base edges 14 of the tee when so ultimately
the cost of manufacture and so cheap that it may be dis
carded after a use or two; may be formed as a part of 25 folded. These edges 14 will lie in spaced parallelism with
the ridge-fold edge 11. As hereinafter set forth, the tee
another cardboard object such as the ?ap of a standard
10 is especially stable against collapse resulting from the
matchbook; may be furnished for distribution as single
panels spreading apart when a ball mounted is upon it.
units or as groups in book form.
This may occur especially when the tee is mounted upon
Other objects of the present invention is to provide a
novel and improved tee construction which is especially 30 a ?at smooth surface that cannot grip the base edges 14.
To deter such action base edges 14 may be concaved and
easy to fold from a ?at cardboard blank to a structure
pointed as at 14b, indicated at FIG. 4 in broken lines, or
adapted to hold and support a golf ball in position against
by any other manner, as by serrating the edges 14.
wind and similar disturbances: includes counterfolded
Inherent in the construction of the unit, the ridge 11
tabs which assist in supporting a ball on the tee and at the
same time helps to prevent the tee from collapsing, espe 35 will lie horizontally when the tee is folded to its charac
teristic tent-shape illustrated at FIGS. 1 to 3, and the im
cially when it is mounted upon a smooth surface; requires
proved ball retaining saddle 15 is formed in the center
an absolute minimum instruction in acquain'ting a user in
portion of this ridge. This saddle is formed by two op~
mounting a ball therein; and is a neat-appearing function
posing rectangular tabs 16 and 16a which are folded out
al unit well adapted for the purpose at hand.
With the foregoing and other objects in view, all of 40 of the plane of their respective panels 12 and 12a. Each
tab 16 is transversely centered in its panel with its trans
which more fully hereinafter appear, my invention com‘
verse upper edge 17 extending outwardly from the ridge
prises certain novel and improved constructions, combi
11, with longitudinal side cuts 18 permitting it to be
nations and arrangements of parts and' elements as here
folded outwardly from its panel and with a connecting
inafter described, de?ned in the appended claims and il—
lustrated in preferred embodiments in the accompanying
drawing, in which:
base fold edge 19 lying in spaced parallelism with the
it is folded into the ball-receiving position.
points 20 of the ridge 11 at each side of the saddle to con- .
upper edge 17. In the blank 10a the cuts at edges 17 and
18 de?ning the tabs 16 and 16a form a balanced H with
FIGURE 1 is an isometric view of my improved tee
supporting a golf ball.
the crossbar of the H being de?ned by the edge 17 cut at
and as a continuation of the ridge line 11a. The base
FIGURE 2 is an edge elevation view of the tee sup
50 fold edges 19 are formed by suitable transverse score
porting the ball.
lines across each end of the legs of the H-shaped cut.
FIGURE 3 is an isometric view of the tee per se as in
position for receiving a golf ball.
The tabs 16 and 16a of the tee 10 are folded outwardly
from the ridge sufficiently to permit the inner opposing
FIGURE 4 is a plan view of a blank of the tee before
FIGURE 5 is an isometric view, similar to FIG. 1, but 55 tact the ball B placed on the tee. These points 20 sus
tain most of the weight of the ball B while the edges 17
illustrating a modi?ed embodiment of the tee.
of the tabs 16 and 16a contact the surface of the ball B
FIGURE 6 is an edge elevation view similar to FIG. 2,
of the modi?ed tee supporting the ball.
to stabilize the ball in its position on the tee. The tabs
are pushed outwardly by the weight of the ball until the
FIGURE 7 is a plan view of a blank for the modi?ed
60 points 20 are contacted. This outward pushing of the
tee before it is folded into the ball-receiving position.
tabs with a bending action at the fold edges 19 tends to
The improved golf ball tee herein described is basically
push the tent-shaped-folded panels 12 and 12a together
a rectangular blank folded to a general tent-like shape.
to counteract any tendency for the panels to spread apart
The transverse ridge along the top edge thereof includes
at their base edges 14. It is immediately manifest that
a ball-retaining saddle in the ridge. As such, the golf
ball tee can be classi?ed as being of the general type dis 65 the scoring at the fold edges 19 should be light and that
these fold edges should not be bent excessively when fold
closed in the reference patents hereinbefore referred to.
Certain disadvantages and limitations were discovered in
ing them outwardly because of their resistance to fold
those prior constructions. One of these prior construc
ing or bending will tend to keep the panels 12 and 12a in
tions had a saddle construction which did not satisfactorily
their folded tent shape. It also becomes manifest that
hold a golf ball under some circumstances and would 70 the fold lines 19 should be of substantial length to pro~
sometimes collapse under the weight of the ball. The
vide as great a bend resistance as possible.
The modi?ed'tee 10' illustrated at FIGS. 5, 6 and 7 is
substantially the same as that heretofore described and is
formed from a blank 10a’ which is divided into panels
12' and 12a’. The ridge 11, longitudinal edges 13 and
‘base edges 14 are the same as hereinbefore described.
panel adjacent to the ridge having its side edges perpen
dicular to, and its top and bottom edges parallel with,
the ridge edge, and having its side and top edges cut out
of the panel and its bottom edge foldably connected to
the panel and being adapted to be folded outwardly from
the plane of its panel, and with the width of each tab
being less than the said selected ball diameter, whereby a
Howeverg'the saddle 15' is modi?ed and is comparatively
deeper than the saddle 15. The deeper saddle is espe
cially adapted to form a tee which resists wind eliects and
ball mounted within the saddle will rest against and with
similar disturbances. The spacing of the points 20' of
its weight upon the opposing substantially-unyielding
the ridge of the saddle 15’ is increased in width to permit 16 ridge points at each end of the saddle and with the out
the ball B to set deeper into the saddle before it con
wardly folded edges of the'tabs contacting the ball at each
tacts these inner ridge points 20'. The tabs 16" and 16a"
side of the ridge and serving to balance and hold the ball
'are likewise spaced lower with the contacting upper edges
in position in the middle.
17 being below the ridge 11. This modi?es the general
2. The tee de?ned in claim 1, wherein the top edge of
shape of the cutout in the blank 10a’, in that the center 15 each tab is at'the ridge of the tee.
cuts which form the edges 17 of the tabs 16’ and 16a’ are
3. The tee de?ned in claim 1, wherein the top edge of
spaced apart and at each side of the ridge edge 11' to
each tab is spaced below the ridge of ‘the tee.
eliminate a portion of the center of the blank to leave a
4. A blank of substantially-rigid, bendable sheet mate
rectangular cutout .21 between the opposing edges 17 of
rial for a supporting tee for a golf ball or the like sphere
the two tabs and a wide crossbar portion of the H-shaped
of selected diameter, which is adapted to be formed as a
two-panel, tent-shaped ‘stand having a folded edge con
The manner 'ofmounting a ball in this modified unit is
necting the panels and de?ning a lineal ridge along the top
substantially the same as that heretofore described. A
thereof, and a ball receiving saddle ‘in the ridge formed
substantial portion of the weight of the ball B is carried
as a cutout with rectangular tabs being folded outwardly
on the points 20' with the ball also contacting the tab 25 from the panels at each side of the ridge, said blank being
'edges 17 at their center points of the outfolded tabs 16'
generally rectangular in form with a central transverse
and ‘16a’ and to hold the ball in position and at the same
fold line dividing it into said panels and with the fold line
time assist in keeping the panels 12’ and 12a’ in their
forming said ridge edge when the panels are folded to a
proper folded position.
tent-form, a longitudinal cut parallel and adjacent to the
While I have now described my invention in consider 30 fold line at the center portion of each panel, a transverse
able detail it is obvious that others skilled in the art can
cut in each panel at each end of the longitudinal cut, ex
‘build and devise alternate ‘and equivalent constructions
tending from the fold line tothe center portion of it's pan
which are within the spirit and scopmei my invention;
el and a longitudinal fold line in the center portion of
hence, I desire that my protection be limited, not by the
each panel connecting the ends of the transverse cuts in
constructions illustrated and described ‘but only by the 35 the panel, with the portions 7 between the cuts being
proper scope of the appended claims.
I claim:
1. In a supporting tee for a golf ball or the like of se
adapted to be folded outwardly from the plane of the
panels to form said tabs.
5. In the blank de?ned in claim 4, said longitudinal cuts
lected diameter comprising a substantially rectangular
‘being at the central fold line as ‘a single cut.
member of sheet, substantially rigid, bendable material 40
transversely folded into two ?at, substantially-rectangular
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
panels, to a tent form, with the fold edge forming a
lineal ridge along the top edge thereof, with'the edges of
McBride ____________ __ July 20, 1926
each panel opposite to the fold edge forming base edges,
and a ball-retaining saddle at the center portion of the 45 2,103,026
ridge, said saddle comprising a rectangular tab in 'each
Van Valkenburg ______ __ Dec. 21, 1937
Overbaugh ____________ -_ Oct. 15, 1957
Overbaugh __________ .. Aug. 4, 1959
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