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Tuesday
Jan292013

"All you need is one good shot with these clubs and you're hooked."

Rodney Page of the Tampa Bay Times reports on the National U.S. Pro Hickory Golf Championship.

The only professional hickory tournament was played at Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club last week.

"It appeals to a person with an historical sense of the game," said Mike Stevens, tournament director and head professional at MacDill Golf Course in Tampa. "It's how the game was originally played in this country, with wooden shafts and on older golf courses."

Paolo Quirici, a 45-year-old club professional and former PGA Europe player from Lugano, Switzerland, shot the low round of the day, 2-over-par 74. He beat out Richard Bullock and John McCann by one shot.

Quirici has been playing with the hickory clubs since September. He is in Florida for the PGA Merchandise show in Orlando and found out about the tournament through an Internet search.

The search paid off when he won the $1,500 first prize. The tournament had a $5,000 purse, the same amount offered at the 1925 Florida Open played at Temple Terrace.

A video feature accompanied the story as well:

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Reader Comments (13)

Hickory people are like Civil War reenactors. Very nice, but a little strange.
01.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDoctor
HIckory golf is great fun! When I hit a good shot (surprisingly often!) I feel responsible. When I hit a poor one I blame the club. Hickory golfers respect the traditions of the game and are able to park their egos, unlike the majority of 21st-century golfers that think golf is all about power instead of skill.
01.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Morris
GS, this article is about the US Pro Hick Golf Championship. The Nat'l Hick Golf Champ is a different event. Pretty sure there are other pro hick golf events in the world so it might be the only pro hick golf event on US soil.
01.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
Geoff,

Check out the Metropolitan Hickory Society on YouTube. It was done by The Digital Kitchen. I am taking my hickories to play with The Emperor at Rustic in a few weeks. Also played both courses at Streamsong with hickories.
01.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLefty
I promote it as the only US Professional Hickory event with a prize fund. Don't know of any other. There are several hickory events across the country, but all are open to anyone who would like to play. None of them offer a money prize. I started the tournament as a tribute to the game and to make sure we don't forget how the pro tour began. Playing on the same courses as Walter Hagen or Bobby Jones did just adds to the experience. To bad some people don't understand. That's what makes the world interesting though.
01.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Stevens
i have never reenacted the civil war so i cannot draw a parellel, but i have played hundreds of rounds with my hickories and i find them to be more enjoyable than modern clubs...what other sport can you participate in your national and world championships without the annoying and nearly impossible task of qualifying? the beauty of hickory golf is the players ability to see through the eyes of the architects like thomas, tillinghast, mackenzie, raynor and macdonald. you understand the placements of bunkers that modern players drive over....mounding, water, and length take on new meaning when you play with clubs made when the courses were...
01.30.2013 | Unregistered Commenterclaret dreamer
Gotta love the click!
01.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
Civil War re-enactors should use real guns, to get the true feel of it. Hickory golf sounds like fun though.
01.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
KLG, great line and it is fun. It is best on a hickory era course. I just got back from playing with hickory buddies in Miami at the Biltmore, Miami Shores and Miami Springs. All wonderful old courses played by many of the greats back in the day. Quite a thrill to see Hagen, Sarazen, Snead, and others on the winners plaque of the old Miami Open in the Springs clubhouse. We even played the 9 hole Ross course Granada in Coral Gables with gutta percha balls. That was funtastic. Reminded me of the old course at Musselburgh which I have played many times with hickories.

Lefty. Pleasure playing with you in Miami. See you down the road.
01.31.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Stevens
Mr. Stevens,

Will we have the pleasure of your attendance in Philly this summer for the events at Cricket and Seaview? I am eager to play in them so that I may find other hickory golfers in Philly since no formal group yet exists here.

Please accept an invitation to play McCall with me if you do find yourself here. Its a 4500 yard Ross/Flynn never short on fun!
01.31.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
Amen. I will be attending both events. Look forward to meeting you.
02.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Stevens
Will they supply the pre-1900 equipment for the one at Cricket? I only have pre-1935 at this time in my early life as a hickory golfer.

Pleased to continue emailing with you at aflaisher@rosemont.edu
02.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
Hickory golf is much better than reenactment. Get authentic clubs with a reproduction ball on an old authentic course with everyone in period clothes and it is a time machine ride back 100 years. Beyond cool!
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Henderson

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