Michigan Hickory Tour

Playing Hickory Golf

The 2019 Toledo Hickory Open

A fine group of MHT hickory players came out at the beginning of August to play in the recurring Toledo Hickory Open at Ottawa Park, the oldest golf course in Ohio. Early risers played 9 holes of gutty golf to demonstrate how completely immersed in the history of golf and it’s play these hickory golfers are. Breakfast followed then the 18 hole main event, the Toledo Hickory Open. Good scoring on this hot day ensued.

  • Gross: Bill Tucholski – 84, Ed Ronco – 87, Bill Ellington – 87
  • Net: Gary Tripani – 69, Jim Hannen – 70, Xander Dobreff – 71
  • Ladies: Kris Ellington – gross 96, net 68

Dinner at Shorty’s followed, everyone raved about the food and continued to order the cornbread muffins! Thanks to Tim Stroshine and Bill Tucholski for a fine event!

(Trying to photograph groups of golfers, anxious to get out on the course, is like herding cats!) Photos of the event are shown in the gallery section of this website.

The Washington Hickory Championship

Xander Dobreff joined the MHT last year as a new hickory player and has had a whirlwind year of hickory play with excellent tournament results. This season, X decided to add to the Michigan Hickory Tour’s rota by creating a tournament, last-minute, at The Orchards, a beautiful Robert Trent Jones Jr. course in Washington, MI. A small group of hickory golfers tested the course out on a beautiful, hot July day and rated it very highly. We can expect to put this one on the MHT calendar for next year and with more advance notice, have a large field. Congrats X, fine job!

USHO at Belvedere was a great success!

Three days of beautiful weather helped make Charlevoix shine and make the Belvedere Golf Club the focus of hickory golf for the US Hickory Open June 20-22.

An enormous amount of coverage is available on the Society of Hickory Golfers site, front page, including a number of videos.

The SoHG site is: https://www.hickorygolfers.com/

A great and stormy weekend in Wyandotte!

Three days of golf, one huge storm, one perfect spring day…the Wyandotte Hickory Experience had it all! Details, winners and news on the WHO Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WyandotteHickoryOrganization

Scramble day – 30 minutes later the storm hit!

New posts coming: Saginaw CC outing, Washington Hickory Open, Toledo Hickory Open and new photo galleries!

Rose and Fire Michigan Headcover

Marshall Hickory Open on May 19 was cancelled due to inclement weather – we are trying to reschedule.

MHT Matchplay May 5 Sharp Park

May 5 is World Hickory Golf day!
This is Michigan perfect weather golf!

A magnificent spring day found the Michigan Hickory Tour playing it’s first event of the season at Ella Sharp Park in Jackson on World Hickory Golf Day…the MHT Matchplay. Players in four groups played three 6 hole matches within their group to determine group winners… Lloyd Slinglend, Keith Pinchback, Joe Bodnar and Bob Bieszka. won the groups. The four winners chipped off on the practice green to determine an overall winner…Lloyd Slinglend with a 40 foot ship stopping 18″ beyond the hole won the day. Congrats Lloyd. A great dinner at the Hunt club followed where the MHT got to know new members Xander Dobreff, Ryan Matthews and Jeff Brown. Leaving the restaurant at sunset, everyone vowed to see each other again in two weeks at the Marshall Hickory Open.

Kudos to Jim Hannen for a great event!

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays and Winter Meeting View this email in your browser Happy Holidays Michigan Hickory Tour!  It’s been a great season and an even better, fuller one is to come in 2019.  We’ll have more MHT events available on the schedule (one even an “Up North” event), more matchplay, a special gutty event, perhaps a GAM event
and some new venues. 
 
AND…I’ve scheduled the MHT Winter meeting!  We’ll be meeting at
Win Schuler’s Restaurant, Sunday, March 10 at noon.  (Our Ann Arbor meeting spot has now decided to charge a food minimum of $300 for the use of our room – Schuler’s is no charge for the room.)

The Winter Meeting Eventbrite will be emailed in February.  Have wonderful holidays and a great winter.  As a small holiday gift, I’ve attached an article from Macdonald Smith/Lyon Co. from 1931 on caring for hickory shafts…keep them conditioned and ready for next season.
See you in March.

The Commish

CARE OF THE SHAFTS
 
            Have your Professional see that the finish is kept on your Shaft at all times.  The paint manufacturer’s slogan – “Save the surface and you safe all” is particularly true of a Hickory Golf Shaft.  “Skinned” places on the Shaft meant that the protecting finish is broken; that the wood is exposed to the elements – particularly dew and rain.  When moisture in any form gets into the Shaft proper it will soon be ruined.  Your Professional will re-finish your Shaft for you in a very few minutes, and the charge is nominal.
 
            Other helpful suggestions which will insure your Hickory Shafts giving you perfect service are:
 
            Always wipe them good and dry after playing them in dew or rain.
            Do not use club for a “cane” or a “stool” while waiting for your opponents to play.
 
            Don’t stuff knickers, shoes, caps, etc. in your Golf Bag with your clubs and force the Shafts out of shape, even for a few minutes.  Hickory buggy rims, auto rims, etc. are bent – first, by wetting or heating the timber, then bending it in a form of the desired shape and allowing the timber to cool and ”set” to a permanent shape.  And your Shafts will likewise take a permanent “set” or Bend if you force them out of shape with damp knickers, etc.
 
            Never lean your Bag or Clubs against the wall in a corner in a manner that causes the Shafts or your Clubs to carry the weight of both the Bag and its contents.
 
            Do not store in a hot, excessively dry room.
 
            Stand your Clubs up loosely in the Bag when temporarily storing them.  When putting them away for long periods of time, either lay flat on a shelf or hang them, heads down, by a string around the Grip in a room of moderate temperature, if possible, and where there is sufficient humidity in the air to insure their not drying out excessively, and you will always have satisfactory Shafts.
 
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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

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