Rick Woeckener 2017 Foxburg Champion

From Tom Johnson

Greetings everyone,

Just a follow-up on the Foxburg Hickory Championship held on Friday and Saturday 8/11 and 8/10.

Foxburg Country Club was in great shape, was a terrific host, and served as a perfect backdrop for a great event. Additionally, we were blessed with clear and moderately warm weather for all three days of the Championship.

The course played at 2,400 yards, with three ball types being played. Park, Braid, and Ouimet from the McIntyre-Brown line were the models used; all fit the length and design of the course extremely well.

The event is 36 holes, with Open and Senior Divisions for the Park and Braid users.

The Open Division (Park ball) scores for Friday were led by Seth Lomison (2016 Foxburg Champion) with a fine 76 using the Park ball. He was followed closely by Rick Woeckner with a 78, and Jeremy Wright with an 81.

The Braid Division scoring was led by the indomitable Jimmy Sherrill with a fine score of 80, followed by Jim Clawson and John Brosnahan, both with 85s.

Barry Markowitz led the Ouimet Division with 90.

Second day play with the Park ball was led by Rick Woeckner with 76, and a 36-hole total of 154 to win the Open Division. Seth Lomison finished with a 79 and a total of 155 to finish runner-up, missing defending his title by one stroke.

Using the Braid ball, Jim Clawson scored another 85 to earn the top honors in that division. John Brosnahan turned in an 87 for the second best score with the Braid ball, and winning the Senior Braid competition.

Barry Markowitz was the winner of the Ouimet Division.

Scores are posted below, noting the individual awards earned.

The Foxburg Hickory Championship has traditionally hosted several Pittsburgh 1st Tee youngsters, and 2017 was no different. In the field were Geno Brown, Dylan Matthews, and Patrick Bush. They are terrific young men who represented the Pittsburgh 1st Tee very well and did a great job of wielding their hickory clubs.

Overall, the event was a huge success. The Friday lunch at the course, and the post tournament dinner were truly satisfying thanks to Ala Carte Catering which did a great job as usual. The Thursday night and Friday night dinners with participants and guests were a lot of fun, and certainly add to the atmosphere and camaraderie of the group.

Below the scores is an article posted in The Progress News, a weekly newspaper published and distributed in the Foxburg and Clarion regions of Pennsylvania. I apologize for the quality, but hopefully you will be able to read the text.

We look forward to the 2018 Foxburg Hickory Championship.  It will be our 10th year, and expect it to be the best yet.

The Foxburg Hickory Championship has been fortunate to receive a generous donation. We are not ready to announce the ultimate use of this gift, but rest assured it will be used to recognize the Foxburg participants who have made a significant contribution to the Championship, as well as hickory golf in general.

We would like to thank all of the 2017 contestants for their participation. We enjoyed spending time with you and hosting the Championship. The 2018, and 10th Foxburg Hickory Championship is scheduled for Aug. 10-11, 2018. It will be the best one yet, please consider joining the family.

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