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Hickory Open 2003 (12th/13th July)

The inaugural Leith Rules Hickory Golf Open got off to a flying start in glorious sunshine on Leith Links on 12th and 13th July 2003. 

A field of 14 teams played three times round the five-hole course on Saturday, with an impressive best score of 63 strokes from Claremont Motors. The best round of five holes was 18, from the Foot of Leith Walk Golfing Society. 

The top four teams came back on Sunday for matchplay knockout. 

The best of the rest was a father and son team from Musselburgh, The Dows.


The semi-finals on Sunday 13th July were matchplay, again over 15 holes. Holy Corner versus Claremont Motors went to the last green, while Foot of Leith Walk Golfing Society versus City Cabs was over with 3 holes to spare.

The final was between Claremont Motors (Darrin Little and Fraser Stewart) and Foot of Leith Walk Golfing Society (Hugh Blackie and Alastair Chalmers). The match went to the 14th green, with Claremont Motors in the end proving their strength by edging out their experienced opponents.

At the presentation of the trophy, the President, Douglas Foulis, commented  that there have been thousands of challenge matches played on this turf over the centuries, but this is the first in modern times.

Fraser Stewart and Darrin Little (front centre), first winners of the trophy, proudly hold the mounted hickory club, surrounded by the finalists and semi-finalists