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Hickory Open 2017

"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"

For a number of reasons we had a poor entry this year, only 8 teams taking part. We know of various reasons why 3 teams did not enter. The shortage of teams was more than made up for by the quality of golf displayed.  The finalists this year were:- in the Hickory Open Network Cooling and Musselburgh Old Course Golf Club and in the Handicap final DWP and Munro Heating.

Network Cooling got off to a great start in the final and continued to play at a very high level. The match only lasted for six holes as they continued to pile on the pressure putting the Musselburgh team under the sword.

The handicap final delivered a win for DWP (Jim Scanlon and Dave Clark) with a net score of 38, gross 47 shots less a handicap of 9, while Munro heating scored 44, gross 48  less 4 44.

Well done to our finalists and of course thanks to the other teams for supporting us.

Many thanks to the Seafield Bowling Club for their hospitality for the 4 days and their support for the event.


The qualifying scores were:-
Munro Heating 48 (44)
DWP 50 (41)
Network Cooling 43 (40)
Musselburgh Old 46 (41)
Georgian Antiques 48 (39) (withdrew)
Hickory Hackers 58 (45)
Foulis Followers 58 (44)
A Haven 72 (60)


A special mention is due to A-Haven Townhouse. They have been loyal supporters of the Open for many years. They never feature in the list of qualifiers but they exemplify the real spirit of golf in terms of what matters - sportsmanship and camaraderie.



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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