On a beautiful Saturday afternoon at historic South Bend Country Club, Bert Coghill from Lemont Illinois and a G.H.S. member, continued his dominance of the Michiana Hickory Open by wining for the sixth time in seven years with fine score of 78. Thirty six golfers, the largest group ever for this event, vied for medals and prizes. In the Open division, Matt Buckman sored 1st Low Net with a 68; Ken Fry, a SBCC member, shot a 70; and Ben Jones garnered the Bronze medal with a 71. In the Senior division, Jim Hannen shot a 98 for Low Gross while Joe Trefilek, another GHS member, took Low Net with a 79 and Cal Whitman took the Silver with an 85. In the Statesman division, Ed Ronco, the President of The Society of Hickory Golfers, garnered the Low Gross with a 92 while Dennis Kerckhove captured the Silver.
There were five Scramble teams, including two from the host club, seven of which had never hit with hickories before. The resident Golf Professional, John Fisher, invited four young high school golfers from the Lifestyle Junior tour in Michiana and they proved that youth, agility, and determination would conquer the golf course and shot a fine 66, six shots under par. The member team from SBCC, headed by the Michiana co-chair, Spike Abernathy, shot a fine 67, narrowly edging the other SBCC team’s 68. In addition, Jenny Zimmerman, the Director of The First Tee Indiana – Michiana invited Jessica Layman, a coach, and two young golfers to participate and all four had a great time.
Besides his gold medal, Bert will also have his name added to the wooden Championship plaque that hangs in the Men’s grill room at SBCC. Closest to the Pin was won by Dr. Fred Ferlic and Long Putt by Kevin Kelly, both of whom were using hickories for the first time. Prior to the event a small Trade Show took place in the main dining room and thanks go to Gary Wyckoff who drove in from Ohio and the others who brought along their treasures to share. Jim Jeselnick, the event organizer and President of The Golf Heritage Society, thanks the staff at SBCC and all the participants. Special hanks go to past GHS President Bill Reed who delivered several sets of hickory clubs from his home in Des Moines Iowa.