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
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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 and Winter Meeting
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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.
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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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 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.
The Michigan Hickory Tour played the newly-renovated 1928 Indian Trails Golf Course in Grand Rapids yesterday. The response from the group was very positive and everyone had a good time. Balls were pulled from a hat at the first tee to determine pairings and everyone went forth and played in no more than 3 1/2 hours!
The new hickory course record at Indian Trails is now held by Frank Abrahams with at sterling 79 on a course layout that none of us had ever played before!
A nice meal at Blue Moose in Cascade followed and everyone was able to get home before dark.
Another great event by the Wyandotte Hickory Organization. Members of the Michigan Hickory Tour enjoyed two days of fine golf last weekend. Day one was practice at 1909 West Shore CC on Grosse Ile and the Wyandotte Hickory Scramble at Wyandotte Shores GC on Sunday. A good turn out for both days, some fine scoring and another memorable meal/prize-giving at Captain’s Pub after. Full details can be found on the WHO’s Facebook page.
News and scores to follow…