2016 CA Hickory "North-South"
Above: Kris Surano on the beautiful 12th Hole At Pacific Grove Golf Links
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2016 Gutty Golf Spectacular
The first Gutta Percha golf tournament held west of the Mississippi was held in Lake Elsinore, CA at the Links at Summerly in March of 2016. To read Auld Mac's story on the event: http://www.hickorygolfers.com/gutty-spectacular-a-test-of-skill-at-lake-elsinore/
2015 CA Hickory Open
The 2015 CA Hickory Open held at the 1930 San Clemente GC was another success. The weather was great as usual in sunny Southern California. Temps were in the mid 70’s and skies so clear that Catalina Island looked to be reachable with a well struck Brassie. 24 players braved the tough weather and playing conditions with SPF 50 and sun glasses.
Saturday’s round was the talk of the event. The format was 2-man scramble match play, with Auld Golf rules. The ball was played down, stymies were in effect, and match play was welcomed with open arms. Many of the matches were very close. With drinks on the line, many of the matches went the distance.
Saturday night included the tournament dinner at the nearby OC Tavern. We were not only treated by the tex-mex style dinner, but also a nice view of a rocket shot from a submarine from the Pacific in the star-lite night sky. Of course, room trading after dinner is a must, along with the typical hallway putting contest.
Sunday’s round was back to the usual stroke play style to decide California’s Hickory champions. The divisions were a little different this year, as we had 14 Senior golfers, 2 Open, and 8 in the Gutty division. Congratulations to: Kris Surano shooting a 77 and tournament champion. Ken Holtz SR champion, Rudy Kastelic SR Net, Eddie Breeden Gutty Champion, and Bob Wolfensperger Gutty Net.
2015 CA Hickory "North-South"
Bobby Jones Day 2015
The 2015 North-South went off without a hitch. Social festivities started the event off Friday night at Kris and Sylvia Surano’s Victorian Pacific Grove home. Terrific snack and drinks were on hand, along with great company. A special thank you to Erik Beer for bringing some home brewed “Stiff Hickory” beer to the event.
Saturday morning had overcast skies looming over the front 9 at Pacific Grove Golf Links. The weather turned for the back nine with wonderful blue skies over the picturesque sand dunes and Pacific Ocean. Twenty-seven players from 7 different states took part in this annual event. 14 players on the North team faced off for matches against the 13 South players. The two-man team matches were so close throughout, so close even at the end with the matches resulting in a tie, 10 ½ points to 10 ½ points. After the matches were over, Closest to the pin and Bogey Award were presented. Not long after, everyone was out and ready for the trunk trade show. Some good clubs changed hands, and a great small headed smooth-faced niblick form Los Angeles found a new and happy owner. The full day of golf festivities came to a close with the annual Hot Dog BBQ at Lover’s Point Park right at the beach. Fun company and interesting stories from the day made for a great evening of day one.
Sunday morning saw the same great weather from day one. With the matches over, hickory players would concentrate more on their personal scores for a two-day total. 13 players were in each division according to handicap for a chance to be top dog in the Walter Hagen (5-14 hdcp) and Bobby Jones (15-32 hdcp) divisions. Congrats to Michael Scott, Dan Vordale, and John Sweeney in the Bobby Jones Division, and Steve Henneuse, John Boyd, and John Quickstad in the Walter Hagen Division.
Closest to the pin winners = Larry Sonnenberg, Michael Scott, Dana Niehaus, Doug Richards.
Bogey Award = Dan Vordale
Once again, we hope to see you take part in next year’s event. You can’t beat the great company, or the cool summer weather
March 17th, 2015 - The annual Bobby Jones Day at Los Serrnaos 1925 North Course. New for this years event was the addition of "Medal Day". Medal Day is an old Scottish golf tradition with everyone playing stroke play and competing to win the medal. The winner of Medal Day is the Net champion of the day, and is no longer able to in the medal in years to come. Jeff Miller was the inaugural medal winner, and will present next years medal to the 2016 winner. Great playing Jeff!Inaugural Pacific Hickory Cup 2014
Pictured from left to right are: Patrick Rynn, Dave McMurtrey, David Kramer, Dan Vordale, Eddie Breeden, John Boyd, Jeff Miller, Steve Earl, Larry Sonnenberg, Bob Keeler, and Kurt Olsen.
The first Pacific Hickory Cup was played this July at the 1895 Gearhart Golf Links in Gearhart, Oregon. 28 players took part in this Ryder Cup match play style format. 14 players representing the CA team, 14 players representing a team from OR/WA. Saturday morning saw AM Fourball play, followed by PM Foursomes. The afternoon Foursomes were actually 8-somes, as we went out in groups of 8, though only 4 balls were in play. Playing a round of alternate shot with 8 people on the hole was probably the most fun part of this event. What a blast!
Sunday morning the Singles matches were on. With the first group blistering the course in barely over 3 hours, a bit more time was needed for the other matches to come rolling in. The team from the North edged a 1 point victory for the cup. Though, you would never know a competition was taking place as most of the golfers were having too much fun playing this beautiful course and enjoying such good company.
Here is too a successful first Pacific Hickory Cup, and more to come.
Chambers Bay - A post - cup round was played at the site of the 2015 US Open. Chambers Bay plays tough, long, and has torturous greens. Though, scoring can be made. Michael Sloan made a 70 foot birdie on the par 5 8th hole, and a player from So. Cal shot a 9 over par 81 with his 8 hickory sticks. Great round guys!
The 2013 CA Hickory Open (GCS Region 9) was held at the 1928 designed Meadowlark GC in Huntington Beach, CA on October 25th. The event actually kicked off the night before at the tournament hotel on Pacific Coast Highway in Sunset Beach. Room trading, hospitality suite, and lots of beer were enjoyed. 33 Hickory golfers teed it up Friday morning for the 11am shotgun start. Although the rounds started in overcast marine layer, the sun and blue sky came out after four or five holes to make wonderful weather and scenery. The course was in great shape, and played perfect for hickory at just under 5,600 yards for the open division, and around 5,200 yards for the seniors. Though the yardages were on the short side for this par 70, the course played a great defense with its small and dome-shaped greens that were running pretty quick. Steve Henneuse was the tournament champ shooting a 73, and H.B. local boy Doug Richards took the low net (83/71). The senior champ was Andy Cies with a very nice 78 (finishing birdie, birdie to win), and Wes Channell winning the senior net (83/62). A delicious Italian banquet followed golf along with some great tournament prizes, raffle, and trophies. Of course with this group, the hospitality suite back at the hotel was open as soon as the banquet ended. Some more refreshing beverages soon followed, as well as some multi-floor hall way putting contests, and a mashie or two hit out to the sand. Thanks to all that attended, and look forward to the busy hickory schedule out here on the West Coast in 2014.
2013 CA Hickory Open FINAL standings - CAHO_2013.xls