Ki Unlocks Winning Performance for U.S. Pro Hickory Championship

It was one for the history books. Doing her best imitation of Joyce Wethered, Orlando’s Ki Shui Liao used some inspired golf to secure the John Shippen Trophy at the 2017 United States Professional Hickory Golf Championship, held on February 20, in Temple Terrace, FL. An independent golf pro, Liao’s 75 was four shots clear of Tampa’s Jeff Leonard.  The […]

2017 Vermont Hickory Open

Aug. 12-13 Country Club of Barre Barre, Vt. We are excited to send details of the 10th annual Vermont Hickory Open, to be held at a new venue, the historic and scenic Country Club of Barre. Come join us for a fun weekend of hickory golf. The following link will get you all the information and entry form http://www.vthga.org/events/vermont-hickory-open/  Also, see […]

2017 Philadelphia Hickory Open

June 11 McCall Golf & CC Upper Darby, Pa. Host Ari Flaisher has arranged the 2017 Philadelphia Hickory Open to immediately follow the National Hickory Championship, June 8-10, at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. The host course, McCall Golf & CC, is an untouched William Flynn designed dating back to the early 1920s.  “Measuring 4,500 yards from the tips this is an 18-hole […]

C.B. Macdonald Challenge

Sept. 8-10 Niagara Golf Course Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada Please consider this your personal invitation to join the Golf Historical Society of Canada at the 15th annual C.B. Macdonald Tournament and the Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship Click here for Entry Form. The unique location and format of this tournament makes it a favorite for avid hickory players! Entry fee is $285 and includes Friday’s […]

10 Questions with Perry Somers

The Northwest Hickory Players’ Rob Birman is not just a hickory golfer, and a good one, but a fine writer as well. His book reviews have often appeared in the Wee Nip and they are a staple on the website of the Northwest Hickory Players. In December, Rob posted a story he created with top European golfer Perry Somers. Original from […]

2017 Gearhart Hickory Classic

June 23-25 Gearhart Golf Links Gearhart, Ore. The historic Gearhart Golf Links is the site for the 36-hole, two-day event. There will be four divisions for competition – Open Championship; Senior (60 and over), both with a gross and net; and a Woman’s and a Super-Senior (over 70). All divisions will play 18 holes medal play each day to determine a winner. Prizes will be awarded […]

River City Hickory Championship

Sept. 24 Omaha Country Club Omaha, Neb. The 2017 River City Hickory Championship is played in honor of Johnny Goodman and includes a Nebraska Hickory Hall of Fame Banquet. Last year’s inaugural inductees were Alexander Findlay, Johnny Goodman, and Randy Jensen. This year’s inductees are Dr. Gary Wiren and Sam Reynolds. This is a limited field event of from 20-24 […]

Memories of Lionel Freedman

This page has been added to allow members and friends to share photos and memories of Mr. Lionel Freedman. Click here for a post about Lionel written by his daughter, Annetta, to the Edinburgh Evening News. Following are memories shared by Brian Schuman who forged a lasting friendship with Lionel at the World Hickory Open and through subsequent matches between […]

Lionel Freedman, World Hickory Open Founder, 1934-2017

Lionel Freedman, Founder of the World Hickory Open, passed away earlier today, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. He was 83. Mr. Freedman was born in Chiswick, London in 1934. He attended boarding school from 1940–51 and was in National Service from 1952-54. His basic training was in the Suffolks, where he was attached to the 17th Training Regiment of the Royal […]

Louisville Golf Purchased by Texan Jeremy Wright

By Jim Davis The Louisville Golf Club Co. of Louisville, Ky. has been purchased by Jeremy Wright, of Houston, Texas. Wright, a medical sales representative, has been negotiating for several months with the estate of Mike Just, the company’s former owner, who passed away in October 2016. The estate, represented by Just’s widow, Lynn, and others weighed offers from several […]

2017 Member Renewals… and Beyond

Membership renewals are now due for most of us and there have been a few changes with our new website that have made things easier to manage. For one thing, we can now manage our own passwords. As well, the website will notify us two weeks in advance of our membership expiration date. For those who fail to heed this dire cautionary note […]

CHGA Mourns Loss of a Family Member

Bill Engelson writes: Many of you may not have heard that Evan Mickle, the son of our hickory brother, Jay Mickle, died unexpectedly the day after Christmas. Evan leaves behind his wife, Christy, and two young children, Henry, 4 years old, and Holly who recently turned one. Many of you may not have known Evan, but he is linked to […]

Tom Tracy’s Senior Win at USHO in PNW Golfer Magazine

It’s not every hickory win that gets a mention in an established regional golf magazine. So when Tom Tracy, 66, or Star, Idaho, got asked for a couple of words from Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, he thought it was something special. “They rarely publish any news of hickory golf,” Tracy said, “so this was quite something.” Tracy, by the way, won […]

Voting Ends for 2017 Election – Ronco, Billy, Hollerbach Start Terms on Jan. 1

Elections for the 2017 Society of Hickory Golfers Board ended Thursday, Dec. 15, with Ed Ronco, Durel Billy, and Ben Hollerbach elected to three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2017. Hugh Cameron, Michael Shiff, Bob Platt, and Scott McAllister also stood for office. We’re grateful to them for running and hope they will try again for the three new board posts […]

Mike Just Memorial Donation and Raffle

Mike Just Memorial Donation courtesy of Will Jacoby Will Jacoby, to honor Mike Just, is offering a raffle with 100 percent of proceeds donated to a charity designated by Lynn Just, Mike’s widow. Click on the link below for greater details of the raffle. Raffle items include a set of the last set of irons that Mike created and played; […]

SoHG Housekeeping

The National Hickory Championship is relocating to the St. Martins Course at the Philadelphia Cricket Club June 8-10.
The USHO comes to Del Monte Golf Club, July 10-12, 2017. Mark your calendars now for Monterey, Calif. and the world's No. 1 hickory tournament.
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