Von Lossow Defends Pacific NW Title in Oregon

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Northwest Hickory Players at the Pacific NW Hickory Championship

Northwest Hickory Players Captain Jim von Lossow of Seattle successfully defended his title in the second annual Pacific Northwest Hickory Championship held at the historic Salem Golf Club (est. 1927) in Salem, Ore. and the OGA course in Woodburn, Ore. on May 14-15.

Pre-tournament festivities began on Friday with a gutty outing at the Woodburn Golf Club (est. 1925), the only sand green course in Oregon. Armed with their Forgans, Carricks, Condies, Parks, and other ancient implements, players flailed, scraped, and foozled their way around this historic tract.  Many discovered a new respect for the “auld gawfers.”

Overnight the temperature dropped 35 degrees, the clouds moved in, and amid intermittent drizzle, the day began with a trade show at the beautiful Salem Golf Club. Some horse trading, some tough negotiations, and some interesting stories were exchanged among the attendees.

Day one of the tournament saw some fine scores with a 74 (von Lossow) and a pair of 76s (Miller and Driscoll) among the 22 who teed off under less than ideal weather conditions. A fabulous salmon and prime rib dinner followed in the clubhouse.

Day two competition was conducted over the OGA course, home of the Oregon Golf Association, in Woodburn. The greens proved to be quite challenging as they were unexpectedly fast given “Northwest” conditions. The course was in immaculate shape and von Lossow came in with another 74 to retain his title.

The highlight of the tournament was the enthusiastic reception we received from the pros and the members at each of the three clubs.  We had a delightful meeting with Mr. Tom Kay, the 93-year-old owner and operator of Salem Golf Club. Mr. Kay’s father, Ercel Kay, founded and built the club in 1927. It has been owned and operated by father and then son for the past 90 years.

We welcomed seven new Oregon players to the Northwest Hickory Players family: Gary Kilgore, Joe Martinbianco, Pam Rowland, Lyle Rowland, Dennis Stafford, Ray Tokareff, and Rick Williams.

Winners of the Second Annual Pacific Northwest Hickory Championship:

Open Champion:     Jim von Lossow – 148
Open Runner Up:    Scott Miller  – 156
Open Net Champion:  Devin Harmala  –  137
Open Net Runner Up:  Richard Canapo  – 148

Senior Champion:   Tom Driscoll  –  164
Senior Runner Up:   Ray Tokareff  –  175
Senior Net Champion:   Craig Healy  –  139
Senior Net Runner UP:   Jack Wilson  –  139

Women’s Champion:   Roberta Robbins  –  208
Women’s Net Champion:   Pam Rowland  –  182

Additional Photos can be found here:  Pacific Northwest Hickory Championship Facebook Photos

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Looking over clubs at the Salem Golf Club.

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Putting on the sand greens at Woodburn.