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Hickory Open 2021

"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"

10 teams competed for the championship on a fine day for golf on the Links. This allowed us to have a shotgun start for the first time in the event.

The format was the same as last year, 3 medal rounds determining the winners of the scratch and handicap trophies.


The winners of the Hickory Open were Munro Heating, thus retaining their trophy, represented by Clark Munro and Richard Hewit, runners up were AlandAl, Alastair Chalmers and Alex Fleming, who had represented South Leith Church the evening before.

Clark and Richard shot 63 for their 3-round total, edging out Alastair and Alex by 1 shot. Alastair's putt on their last hole hit the pin - which had to be left in and untouched due to COVID rules - and bounced out to a few inches away. Hard luck or did he hit it too hard? It saved a count back through the score card to determine the winner though!


Winners of the Philip Knowles handicap trophy were Leith Rotary (Fraser Paterson and Ross Wilkinson), runners up after a count back were Merchants (Robin Miller and Graeme Crawford).    

The scores (Net in brackets) were:-

Munro Heating 64 (59)
AlandAl 64 (54)
Willian of Wanster 65 (56)
Kingston 66 (57)
Merchants 68 (53)
The Hicks 72 (57)
Leith Rotary 74 (53)
Past Glories in Leith 79 (63)
Madeira 91 (72
Planet 91 (65)


Our thanks as always to Seafield Bowling Club for their hospitality for the 4 days and their support for the event. This year was particularly challenging due to COVID rules, but the unfailing support and help from them made things as safe and positive as they could be.

Also, once again to Scott Higgins, a greenkeeper at Winterfield Golf Club in Dunbar, for preparing the tees and greens.


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.