2017 Foxburg Hickory Championship

Aug. 11-12
Foxburg Country Club
Foxburg, Pa.
From tournament host Tom Johnson:
Greetings everyone,

Everything is coming together for the 2017 Foxburg Hickory Championship. 2017 will be our ninth year. We our fortunate the Club and its members have permitted us to use this great course and amenities. It is perfect for pre-1900 golf, one of the treasures of our pastime.

Tom Johnson, left, congratulates 2016 Open Champion Seth Lomison.

Entries have begun to arrive, several were very early this year. The first to enter for 2017 is Pete Georgiady. This marks the first year Pete has been able to enter. I believe he is as excited to play as we are to welcome him. Pete, as you are aware, is the Czar of the National Hickory Championship, the first of the pre-1900 championships. The NHC just celebrated its 20th year, so that is some standard he has set.

Shortly after receiving Pete’s entry we received the official entry for Dr. Bern Bernacki. “Bern” is a longtime supporter of the Foxburg Hickory Championship, having competed in the previous eight. He has arranged for members of the First Tee of Pittsburgh to participate at Foxburg several years running. The enthusiasm of the First Tee youngsters always adds energy to the event.

More news to come shortly, and additional information is below. Click here for an entry form.

Foxburg Country Club is in the hills of Western Pennsylvania, roughly an hour north of Pittsburgh.  Foxburg Country Club, established in 1887, is considered the oldest golf course in continuous use in the United States.

There are multiple competitions within the Foxburg Hickory Championship. The Championship’s pre-1900 categories include Open, Senior (55-65) and Super Senior (66+), Open and Senior for the post-1900 division. Additionally, we are hopeful to host a Ladies Division again this year.

The featured event is the pre-1900 Open division; the FHC is one of the few pre-1900 events, along with the National Hickory Championship, the All American Hickory Open, and the C.B. MacDonald Classic.

Please review the entry form on the bottom of this flier for additional details.

The entry fee for 2017 is $225 for men ($160 members), and $145 for ladies.  Entry fee includes golf both days and contestant meals at the course.  Gutty balls engineered for period play (extra balls will be available at the event’s cost) will be issued to each contestant.  Meals at the course include lunch on the first day (between 9’s), and a very nice buffet luncheon Saturday afternoon immediately after play has completed.

The course plays at 2300 yards for the pre-1900 Championship.  Even with the ‘modern’ hickories, the small greens and tricky layout will test your patience and skill level.  The course has proven to be a fair test, as well as a tremendous amount of fun.  As with all hickory events, contestants are encouraged to dress in period.

There is a nominal additional cost to include your spouse/guest for either Friday’s lunch or the award buffet.  We also have a nice meal the evening of the first day at a local restaurant (not included in the entry fee) you are sure to enjoy.

Activities for non-playing spouses and guests include shopping at the many antique stores and shops in the area, a very large outlet mall nearby, and the quaint Foxburg Wine Cellars at the bottom of the hill.  The more adventurous may enjoy the canoe livery or the local Segway and bike rental shop.

Entry forms and championship information can be obtained from Tom Johnson (Tournament Director) at Foxburghickory@aol.com or 330-677-8997.

Practice rounds on Thursday, August 10th (not included in the tournament fee).

Thursday, Aug. 10

Registration opens around 10 a.m.  The desk will be open until roughly 5 p.m.  Balls, gift, and itinerary will be supplied. The course is available for practice all day, although members start arriving mid-afternoon and the course fills up.  Practice rounds are not included in the entry.

We usually meet for dinner at the RRR Roadhouse Steak House in Clarion.  It is next door to the Tournament Hotel.

Friday, Aug. 11
Meet at the golf course around 8:30 a.m.  First round will start at 9 a.m. We break for lunch between nines, and finish play around 2 p.m.  Many of us will meet for dinner at a site TBD.

Saturday, Aug. 12
Be at the course in time to begin play at 9 a.m., play straight through with a short break as you pass the clubhouse playing the 7th hole. The award dinner will be immediately after play, roughly 1:30 p.m.  Awards and congratulations distributed, and everyone on the road by 3 p.m.

The Friday and Saturday meals served at the golf course are included in the entry.

Open Division – Contestants will use the Park ball, and use sand tees.
Reserve Division – Contestants can use their choice of the Park, Braid, or Vardon style ball.  They may use modern tees if they wish.
Post 1900 Division – Contestants will use the Ouimet mesh ball

All contestants and divisions are permitted to use riding carts and or carry bags.

Open, Open Senior, Reserve Senior, Reserve Super Senior, Post-1900

If you are planning on playing, and have not had the opportunity to send your entry, please let me know your intentions to assure counts for gifts, balls, and catering.

The Championship is hosted by the Foxburg Country Club, and follows the Society of Hickory Golfers tournament guidelines regarding equipment, rules, and handicaps.

Additional information or questions regarding the event or Foxburg Country Club in general should be directed to Ted Tharan, General Manager at Foxburg Country Club.  Their phone number is 724-659-3196, their web address is www.foxburggolf.com

Tournament Hotel

We have a group of rooms reserved at the Quality Inn in Clarion ($79.99 per night, mention Foxburg Hickory Golf).  The price is good through August 2nd.  This is the same hotel we have used the previous 8 years and have recently changed banners.  They have always served us well, is convenient, and one of the few properties that has a smoking rooms in one wing.

Other fine places to stay include the Foxburg Inn just down the hill from the Club, as well as several newer hotels in the Clarion, Pa. area.  There are also several bed and breakfast options in the Foxburg and Emlenton areas.

In Clarion, PA:
Quality Inn                     814-226-5230
Holiday Inn Express    814-226-8850
Hampton Inn                800-916-4339
Park-Radisson              814-226-8850
Foxburg Inn                  724-659-3116