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Hickory Open 2010

"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"

The sun shone, the rain poured, the wind blew ... and all of this before the first players teed off in the Hickory Open. The ground could be considered dampish due to heavy rain in the morning and it didn't get any better during the day, with long periods of sunshine followed by torrential rain and strong winds. The winds were strong enough to bring down large branches from a number of trees, big enough to block the road.  Being Leith Rules Golf Society though, we did not let that stop us and played on.


The morning rounds as usual were qualifying for the two finals in the afternoon, for the Hickory Open and the Hickory Handicap trophies. From early on it was clear that one or two teams were setting the pace.

Steven Doyle, who for the last three years had won the trophy playing for Bruntsfield Short Hole, this year found a new partner in Mike Currie representing Gifford Golf Club. One team which has entered every year, the Foot of Leith Walk Golfing Society, was also looking good. In the end these teams were to take their places in the Hickory Open Final.


Gifford set a cracking pace and went 3 up after 4 holes, however Foot of Leith Walk played away steadily and got the score back to all square, only for Gifford to pull away to win the match 2&1. A good final played in the right spirit between good golfers.


In the Handicap final, last year's winners, The Odd Couple, were up against M&S Team (Mother & Son). This was a close fought final which went to the first extra hole. This was after a monsoon swept over Leith Links and all had to take shelter under the trees, not a good place when they are blowing down!

Well done to The Odd Couple and commiserations to the M&S Team.


A great day of golf in difficult conditions, the diet of pies and beans and bacon rolls set the players up for anything that nature could throw at us. The teams that made it to the finals were:-

Gifford Golf Club - Mike Currie and Steven Doyle
Foot of Leith Walk  - Jim and David Maguire
The Odd Couple - Yves Foulis and Robin Morris
M&S Team - Pat and Jurg Denzler


About the trophies ....

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 Society by Philip Knowles. The mounting board and inscription were made and donated by David Kirkwood of Alexander Kirkwood & Son, Albany Street, Edinburgh

"A Much Travelled Leither"
This Ladies Mashie (c1920) began life in Leith and has crossed the Atlantic twice. The "acorn/twig" symbol is the import mark of Harry C. Lee, sports goods dealer N.Y. City. 

It was presented to the Society by Philip Knowles in 2009.

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