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Hickory Open 2007

"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 7th July, 16 teams sought to come out on top in the 5th holding of the Hickory Open. 

Right from the start it was clear that the heavy underfoot conditions were having an affect on the scoring, there being absolutely no run on the ball and the overnight rain seemed to have caused the grass to sprout wings since the Friday evening!


Georgian Antiques (Robin Morris and John Dixon) and Bruntsfield Short Hole (Steven Doyle and Paul Middleton) qualified for the final with scores of 41 and 42 for the 10 qualifying holes played.

Georgian Antiques took an early lead but were quickly pegged back, Bruntsfield being 1 up at the halfway stage. Wins at the 6th and 7th put the men from the south side of the city in a commanding lead and a half at the 8th hole was enough for a well-deserved victory. 

The 3rd/4th place play-off was between Heriot's FP (Iain Crichton & David Kirkwood) and Musselburgh Old Gold Club A (Bill Finnigan & Stevie Hill), who had posted qualifying scores of 43 and 44. Heriot's quickly established a strong lead but the same "never say die" spirit that MOGC showed when winning the event last year saw the match draw level by the end of 10 holes. 5 extra holes were tied, both teams deciding to shake hands in front of the clubhouse for a very honourable draw.

Local councillor Marjorie Thomas again supported the event and kindly presented the trophy and quaichs donated by local business Jeneil Jewellers.

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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