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Hickory Open 2014


"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"

After poor weather the previous evening, Open Day dawned bright and clear and we were blessed with excellent weather during the whole day.

Could anyone stop the 2013 winners, Munro Heating and Foulis to the Fore!? The answers were yes and no.

The qualifiers for the scratch final were Munro Heating (40) and Network Cooling (44) and for the Handicap final were Yes and No Together (net 37) and Superior Beings (net 38).

Some interesting team names there ....

Superior Beings were a team from Bruntsfield Short Hole who decided to enter after our challenge match on Thursday evening and who came up with their name on the spur of the moment in the bar!

Their opponents in the final reflected the upcoming referendum, each player sporting a badge for the way they planned to vote.

And still looking at the names, we wondered if the scratch final would blow "hot and cold"!

As it turned out, both matches were very hard-fought. Munro Heating defeated Network Cooling on the last green and Yes and No Together saw off their tenacious opponents 2&1.


The trophies were presented to the winners by Leith Councillor Gordon Munro, a strong supporter of our Statue project.

Finally, a massive "thank you" to Seafield Bowling Club, our hosts for our events during all 4 days, their continuing support and friendliness - and the ready supply of pie and beans - was very much appreciated by all the players. 

So ended another excellent week of hickory golf at Leith Links and we are looking forward already to next year.

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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