Tight Finish for Pac Northwest Hickory Championship


The players in the inaugural Pacific Northwest Hickory Championship.

The Northwest Hickory Players conducted its inaugural Pacific Northwest Hickory Championship and Trade Show on Sept. 19-20 over the historic Foster Golf Links in Tukwila, Wash., and the Chandler Egan-designed West Seattle Golf Course. In a thrilling finish Jim von Lossow of Seattle edged Scott Miller of Issaquah by a single shot with a fine score of 148 (73-75) in the Open Division. 
Both von Lossow and Miller chased down the first round leader Dave Paremski of Sammamish who led with a 71 at Foster. Paremski and Miller are new to hickory golf and were playing in their first hickory tournament. What a performance by these fellas!   
Rob Ahlschwede of Olympia was the champion of the Senior Division and Roberta Robbins of Kenmore was the champion of the Women’s Division.  Martin Pool was the net champion in Open Division, Steve Franich in the Senior Division, and Paula Anderson in the Women’s Division. The champions had the honor of taking the first drinks out of an 1864 Royal Burgess Golfing Society Quaich trophy. 

Shot of the day on day one goes to Dave Paremski who hit a towering Stewart cleek from 200 yards on the 420 yard No. 6 hole at Foster to fly it to the green and stop the ball five feet from the hole to make his first hickory birdie on his first hickory round.  
Shot of the day on day two goes to Devin Harmala who on the par 3, 11th hole at West Seattle, hit his tee shot, struck von Lossow’s golf bag left greenside, knocked the bag over, then caromed straight onto the green where he was able to save par. That shot is now known as a “hickory baggie” and no doubt contributed to Harmala winning the honey pot.
Thanks also to Peter Yagi, world-renowned purveyor of fine golf books, who hosted a Trade Show at his house following Saturday’s round where players traded stories as well as clubs.
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Low net champ Martin Pool, left, and Jim von Lossow, Open Champ are a couple of happy medalists.