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Tuesday
Oct102017

Fraser Mann Wins 2017 World Hickory Open

An unbylined East Lothian Courier report says former Musselburgh pro Fraser Mann has taken the 2017 title with rounds of 70-71 to edge Rick Valentine by four strokes.

The World Hickory organizers shared this in their game story by Ginny Lawson:

As in past years, the field reflected most of the best exponents of hickory golf in the world. Indeed, the organisers were delighted with support from more than a dozen countries. Out of the 120 competitors, 28 arrived from Switzerland, where their game is centred on Engadine near St Moritz, where members also tend indulge in toboggan racing in the winter on the infamous Cresta Run.  But don’t be bluffed by these remarkable facts, the Swiss are serious hickory golf experts. For example, Paolo Quirici is one of the top seeds this year, and he was Championship winner in 2013.
 
It also true that the game is sufficiently challenging to eliminate the wanabes. Indeed 80% have competed in the past. That said, the game continues to grow in this extraordinary but incredibly beautiful new location of Scotland’s Golf Coast.
 
Sweden is the other European country to embrace hickory golf at a very accomplished level. With literally thousands playing the game back home. The World Hickory welcomed 19 of them this year.
 
The next largest team was not unsurprisingly from the USA, where former champ and one the world’s best known known hickory adherents, former US champion Mike Stevens, comes from. In addition, England led by Andrew Marshall from Norfolk has been well represented this year. Andrew was our Open champion at Carnoustie in 2015. Other nations entered included both Austria, Denmark and another half dozen countries, emphasising the rapid growth of the game at a European level.
 
Whilst Fraser Man was one of those representing Scotland, a small team of talented international junior golfers from Loretto’s much vaunted Golf Academy, led by former Hickory Champion Rick Valentine have also been playing this week.

The World Hickory Open was played with original or pre-1936 replica hickory shafted clubs. The 2017 edition took place at East Lothian's marvelous Kilspindie Golf Club, a must visit on the East Lothian trail.

Full field scores here.

Neil Hanna captured this wonderful image:

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Reader Comments (21)

A photo to be treasured. The little girl is just as sweet looking as sweet looking gets.

Congratulationsto all the players, and to Fraser Mann for taqking the trophy. Also props to the Kilspindie Golf Club for hosting the event.

dig
10.10.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
+1 Dig
10.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBDF
All hail to all brave and true hickoryites! I only wish I had been there....next time, perhaps?
10.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Morris
Roll back the shafts.
10.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
Real golf - how enjoyable.
10.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom Morris
Kilspindie is a 5500 yard par 69. perfect for the job.
10.10.2017 | Unregistered Commenterchico
How about adding Turnberry to the World Hickory rotation?
10.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterLoose Impediments
I hope they dont allow modern balls unless replicated covers are on them
10.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
Now this is what pro golf should look like!
10.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOle Tom Morris
Any score under 70 should be commended, as the greens run at a bumpy 5.5" and stymies among the 7-ball match can make holing out a challenge
10.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOle Tom Morris
They did not mention that we were playing in 50 mph wind both days. A challenge for any type of golf club. Fraser's rounds were quite remarkable. I know most people don't get hickory golf in this day and age. If however, you remember throwing a Sunday bag over your shoulder and playing a round with your buddies in 3 1/2 hours or looking at a shot and picking a club based on what your eyes see, then you probably get hickory golf. And, oh the places you'll go and the people you'll meet. Some of the best times you will ever have.
10.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMike Stevens
I wish some of today's pampered, technologically-enhanced pros had played in this tournaments so that we could assess their skill levels relative to the past greats. But alas, they were either vacationing or checking their launch monitors and adjusting the lofts on their 460 cc drivers.
10.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGreg
Maybe so, Mike. I had a fleeting interest in hickory and found it to be no bargain. Not that I was looking for one since I'm able to afford it. Unless I went all-in on the hickory program of events, it was clear I'd be pretty much playing by myself. And I know what that's like having played on occasion with persimmon and blades at local courses. They look at you as if you have two heads and treat you the same way. Our group of four had to settle for an out-of-way location, well after the regular golf season was over. Access to courses that accept or are suited for hickory play might be different in the UK? But I didn't find it to be the case in the US.
10.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
The "LinkedGolfers" World Hickory Open was a bucket list experience.
10.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnon
D. Mac: Don't know where you are located but here in Florida most courses welcome us to come and play especially the historic ones. Those are the best to play. We seldom venture on to modern courses. Almost any course built before 1950 that has not been tinkered with by inept green committees are well suited to hickory play. There are several local hickory groups listed in each state on the Society of Hickory Golfers webpage.
10.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMike Stevens
D Mac--

Just play from forward tees. I could care less what others in a group think- most are hackers anyway, and good golfers get it, or should.

Maybe it's those NY,NJ peeing off the stands types that looked at your 2 heads funny?

dig
10.11.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
We played Kilspendie last summer for our first round in Scotland - a perfect location and course for this Championship.
10.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMark
We played Kilspindie last summer for our first round in Scotland - a perfect location and course for this Championship.
10.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMark
Modern featheries, $300 doz.?
10.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
"What's wrong with the sports we have?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz-evlA_T0A
10.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterLoose Impediments
I shall be forever grateful to Mike Stevens for lending me a set of his hickory clubs last November. Since then, the only time I've touched my regular clubs is to give them to my grandson. Hickory golf is hands down the greatest experience and the most fun I've ever had playing golf. Period. Making it even better, the older style courses we play lend even more personality and enjoyment to the mix. Hickory golf is walking the fairways with Shivas Irons and old Tom Morris. It's tipping your hat, shaking hands, and saying "good match" to Harry Vardon. Hickory golf is more than playing golf. It's a way of life and golf the way it was meant to be played.

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