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Hickory Open 2018

"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"

Sadly, this year saw the poorest entry ever for the event, only 6 teams taking part. The Society will have to review the event to see if there are changes that need to be made to rekindle interest.

This meant that the usual format was changed. Each team played 3 rounds, with the best scratch and handicap scores determining the trophy winners, there was no matchplay play-offs.  As we had prepared dated Quaichs for the runners up in the 2 competitions, we had to present them as well, but on the basis that no team could win 2 trophies, we of course had 4 prize recipients out of 6 teams.


The scores over the 3 rounds were:-
Willian of Wanster 64 (54)
Sinopol 68 (50)
MADEPT 85 (62)
Jolana 71 (56)
Leith Links 75 (62)
A-Haven 86 (68)


So the winners of the Hickory Open were Willian of Wanster. This team comprised 2 Society members playing in the event for the first time, Ian Thompson and Bill Zachs, so special congratulations to them; their 3 rounds of 22, 21 and 21 was the epitome of consistency. And in case anyone wonders about their team name? "Willian" is of course a combination of their first names and "Wanster" was the old name for the course where Kilspindie now resides (they are both members there). Easy when you know the answer!

Winners of the Philip Knowles handicap trophy were Sinopol, a team comprised of
Wyne Xinck from China and our very own Chester Kruk, originally from Poland.  

Runners up in the Open went to Jolana (Joan Graham and Alastair Chalmers) and in the handicap it was MADEPT (Pat Denzler and Elaine Turner).


The shot of the day must go to Elaine Turner. Playing the 4th, her partner Pat over hit the green a little (OK, in reality by a lot!). The ball rebounded off the wall behind the green but the players could not see if it was OOB or had come back into play. So of course they played a provisional and were sitting handily on the green with that ball when they discovered their first was in play. However, it was nestling in thick rough right beside a tree though Elaine did have a stance. One of their playing partners kindly ventured the opinion of how Seve might have played a miraculous recovery shot! Nothing daunted for Elaine though - her trusty niblick got the ball out of the rough and away from the tree, whereupon it rolled beautifully onto the green about 2 feet from the pin. The pressure was on her partner to hole it in light of that shot, which Pat dutifully did for an adventurous 4.


Our thanks to Seafield Bowling Club for their hospitality for the 4 days and their support for the event, to Leith Athletic Football Club for their assistance in cutting the greens and to all the players who loyally support our events. 


  (Apologies for the camera shake, but the photographer was still recovering after seeing Chester Kruk's dress sense!)

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.