The 2011 German Hickory participants. From left: Britta Nord, Sabine Oelmann, Ingrid Wolf-Hayn, Perry Somers,
Miep Eussen, Christoph Meister, Boris Lietzow, Kuno Schuch, Petra Dudzus, Harry Altmann, Sofia Lelakowska and Iain Forrester.
The German Hickory Championship 2011 was played on Sunday, July 31 at historic Bad Wildungen Golf-Club in Central Germany. The course was designed in 1930 by Charles Mackenzie, brother of the more famous Alister Mackenzie. The 18-hole stroke play championship was open to amateurs and professional golfers. Britta Nord (93) from Stockholm won the German Ladies Hickory Championship for the third consecutive time while last year’s German Hickory champion Perry Somers (79 strokes) repeated his victory. Iain Forrester was 2nd, Andrew Gauld 3rd and David van Mulken 4th, on countback). Boris Lietzow again won the German Amateur Hickory Championship.
The Dr.-Jürgen-Kienle trophy for the net winners was kindly donated by Hannelore Kienle in remembrance of her late husband who was a keen German hickory player and golf collector from Bad Wildungen. The Ladies winner was Polish player Sofia Lelakowska from Warzawa with 65 net followed by Petra Dudzus from Berlin-Wannsee (71 net) and local player Ingrid Wolf-Hayn (73 net), who also happens to be Dr. Jürgen Kienle’s sister.
In the gentlemen’s section, Boris Lietzow from Northern Germany also won the Dr.-Jürgen Kienle trophy with 74, beating Kuno Schuch from Cologne (also 74) on countback. Third place was achieved by Dutch international player Harry Altman with 75 net.
Summarizing the weekend it can be said that almost 30 hickory players from Australia, The Netherlands, Poland, Scotland, Sweden and Thailand enjoyed two lovely days of good weather at Bad Wildungen while the rain was pouring at Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. Again our hosts made us feel more than welcome and we hope to be back soon at the charming spa town of Bad Wildungen soon.