Michigan Hickory Tour

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Month: August 2017

Michigan Hickory Tour vs Indianwood Old

One of the highlights of the Tour’s year is our annual outing at the historic Indianwood Golf and Country Club’s Old (championship) course.  This US top-100 course has hosted a Western Open in 1930, the 1989 and 1994 US Women’s Opens and the 2012 US Senior Open along with numerous important regional events.  Larry Pinchback secured our 5 tee times in August this year where we were greeted with excellent course conditions and acres of golden (high) fescue.  Indianwood members Mickey Hyatt and Steve Kaloka hosted us and played in the first group out.  They’re playing partner neighbor Joe Reed and Roger Hill can attest to the joy these members found  in playing their course the old way.

Fine golf was found again at the championship course with John Cova’s 80, net 68, Bill Tuchloski’s 86, net 72.  Tim Stroshine’s fine 96, net 71 also figured in the good rounds at this tough course.

Another great time was topped off with our usual excellent dinner at the 24th Street Tavern in Oxford.  Sunset came and guys were still club trading in the parking lot. Another memorable MHT day!

Corrected numbers for the MHT tees at Indiawood are: course rating 68.3/ slope 124

Michigan Hickory Tour plays the Toledo Hickory Open at historic Ottawa Park Golf Course


Michigan Hickory Tour members played the Toledo Hickory Open on Sunday, August 6 in wonderful conditions on the historic Ottawa Park course.  Six players enjoyed cool morning conditions and played gutty golf with pre-1900, smooth face and long nose clubs with gutta percha balls as a warm-up to the main event, the Toledo Hickory Open.

The afternoon found 15 players enjoying a beautiful day with 1920’s equipment and good playing conditions in Tim Stroshine’s annual event. A variety of illnesses, injuries and bee stings limited the field somewhat, but we were able to play in threesomes which added to the relaxed day’s play.  Some fine scoring took place with John Cova shooting a fine 77 to take low gross honors with runner up Bill Tucholski with shooting 79.  An excellent 88/net 64 by Gary Trapani took the day in the net with Cova and Tucholski’s net 66’s taking joint second.

A fine meal and socializing took place after the golf at Bar Louie and as the sun was decsending in the sky and some members headed off towards home, we noticed a small group of MHT members still conversing and club-trading in the parking lot!

They may have been there until dark! Another great MHT day.


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