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Hickory Open 2013


"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"

What a change weather-wise from 2012, when not a shot could be hit! This year, the sun blazed down on us from a cloudless sky, though the wind increased during the day, giving hope to the early qualifiers sitting in the clubhouse thinking of what "might have been".

 
It was clear that the wind was
affecting scores as they were generally higher than in 2011 when the event was last held.
 
The qualifiers for The Open final were Munro Heating (43) and Binivell (44) and for the Handicap final were Foulis to the Fore! (net 36) and Liberton (net 39).
 

Both finals were hard-fought and were all square after the first 5 holes.
 
In the Open match from the 6th, Munro Heating scored birdie, birdie, par to see off their worthy opponents 3&2.
 
In the handicap final, Liberton edged out Foulis to the Fore! by 2&1.
 
The trophies were presented to the winners by Ron Munn, ex-Councillor for Leith and a strong supporter of our Statue project.
 
So ended another excellent week of hickory golf at Leith Links; we all look forward to next year, what will the weather be - fair or foul?

All good runs come to an end; the previous 5 years had seen Steven Doyle win the Open, but this year he missed out on the final. Nevertheless, a fantastic series of triumphs for a great supporter and hard worker for the Society. He did, though, play the single most important role of the week - as head greenkeeper.

 
He started to cut the greens a few weeks before the events and in the preceding week was rarely away from the Links. The result was the best greens we have ever had, though his efforts linked with the very dry weather meant that they were extremely fast and tricky.
 
So, a special "thank you" to Steven for all his efforts.
 

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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