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Hickory Open 2019

"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"

12 teams competed for the championship on a lovely day for golf on the Links.

The format was the same as last year, 3 medal rounds determining the winners of the scratch and handicap trophies. This proved very successful with most teams present for the presentation.


The winners of the Hickory Open were Munro Heating, represented by Clark Munro and Andy Crawford, runners up were Hewit's.

Winners of the Philip Knowles handicap trophy were Past Glories in Leith (Chester Kruk and Yves Foulis), runners up after a count back were Kailyard (Alastair Chalmers and Peter Wright).

The scores (Net in brackets) were:-

Munro Heating 62 (54)
Hewit's 65 (57)
Willian of Wanster 67 (57)
Network Cooling 67 (61)
Kailyard 70 (57)
Rentom Pods 71 (61)
Past Glories in Leith 74 (55)
Merchants Golf 76 (62)
A-Haven 77 (64)
Sharks 78 (61)
MADEP 81 (58)
Madeira 84 (67)


Our thanks as always to Seafield Bowling Club for their hospitality for the 4 days and their support for the event, but especially this year to Scott Higgins, a greenkeeper at Winterfield Golf Club in Dunbar, for cutting the greens. The common opinion was that they were the best they have ever been, though player's nerves when faced with a 12 inch putt were still obvious!  


View pictures of the event


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.