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Hickory Open 2006

"For a memorable golfing experience using traditional hickory clubs, come to Leith Links and play on the very turf where golf's earliest rules were written"

On Saturday 8th July, 18 teams sought to win the trophy, the competition was keenly fought.

Musselburgh Old (Bill Finnigan and Scott McFarlane) and The British Golf Collectors Society (John Still and Jim Colville) qualified for the final with excellent scores of 39 and 42 for the 10 holes played. 

The final was a very close encounter worthy of the occasion, there being never more than 1 hole in it until BGCS went dormie 2 up. MOGC showed their spirit by squaring the match on the last green, taking the final to extra holes for the first time in the history of the event.  

 

The first 4 holes were halved. Either team would have been worthy champions, but it fell to MOGC to hole the winning putt on the 5th extra hole. Although matchplay format, the scores in the final show just how well these 2 teams played, MOGC: 20-21-18-18 with BGCS: 22-18-18-19.

Local councillor Marjorie Thomas supported the event and kindly presented the trophy and quaichs. The quaichs were donated again this year by Jeneil the Jeweller of Great Junction Street, Leith.

The 3rd/4th place play-off was between the Foot of Leith Walk Golfing Society (Seniors) and The Honest lads, who had both posted qualifying scores of 44. Again, there was very little in the match with THL edging our their opponents on the last green.

 

About the trophy ....
The club on the Hickory Open trophy is a mashie (5 iron is the closest modern-day equivalent) and was made by Hendry and Bishop circa 1905. It is stamped as "made in Edinburgh" and was almost certainly made at their workshop in Stead's Place, Leith. It was restored and donated to the club by Philip Knowles. The mounting board and inscription were made and donated by David Kirkwood of Alexander Kirkwood & Son, Albany Street, Edinburgh
 

 

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