Hickory Results

The Third Annual Festival of Tropical Hickory Golf — Queensland Hickory Shaft Championships

Between Friday 3rd and Sunday the 5th of November 2017, Australian Golf Heritage Society (Queensland Chapter) conducted hickory golfing events at three of Brisbane (and Queensland’s) premier golf clubs: the Queensland Hickory Shaft Championship at Royal Queensland Golf Club; the AGHS 4BBB event at Nudgee Golf Club; and the Queensland Hickory Shaft Foursomes Championship at The Brisbane Golf Club.

Queensland Hickory Shaft Championship — Royal Queensland Golf Club

Played on a beautiful spring day in warm and relatively calm conditions, the third annual Queensland Hickory Shaft Championship was once more
contested at Royal Queensland Golf Club. The club’s par 72 links were in perfect condition and the Championship was played over a course of
approximately 5900 metres with a scratch rating of 70.

This year’s course was significantly more difficult than those presented in previous years because our event was run in parallel with a RQGC fixture known as ‘Clayton’s Challenge’. Named after course designer Mike Clayton, this is a regular affair in which club members play from the course’s backmost tees to some of its severest pin positions. Even though the hickory championship was played from shorter white tees, the day’s extreme pin positions placed huge demands upon short-game play and presented a supreme test to players prepared to accept the ‘challenge’ with technologically inferior implements. In prospect, this should not have caused any trepidation within participants. Because they were competing in a ‘championship’, all players were potential ‘champions’, however . . .

Up one in number from last year, the field of twenty comprised regular AGHS players from local clubs Nudgee Golf Club, Royal Queensland Golf Club and The Brisbane Golf Club. This year we were joined by interstate and country visitors Peter Shaw (Hobart), Justin Ryan (Bendigo), Tony Mounstephens (Sydney), Peter Quinlan (Coffs Harbour), Matthew McCarthy (Townsville), Scott Hendry (Toowoomba)and Russell Michael (Caloundra). We thank them for making the effort to travel so far to compete with us.

2017 Queensland Hickory Shaft Championship Participants (click for larger image)

Winner of this year’s Queensland Hickory Shaft Championship, with a fine score of 83, was former Royal Queensland Golf Club Captain Chris Cooper. Chris won on count back from two-time previous winner Alan Grieve. Last year’s runner-up, Rob King-Scott, came in third, just one stroke adrift.

2017 Queensland Hickory Shaft Champion, Chris Cooper (click for larger image)

Winner of this year’s nett event was Alan Grieve with a score of 76 off a handicap of 7. Alan is the inaugural recipient of the Monks Earp Shield.
Named in honour of the inaugural AGHS (Queensland Chapter) Captain, Peter Monks, and our Patron, Charlie Earp, this handsome new trophy was made and donated by master club maker and repairer Ross Haslam.

Winner of the Earp Monks Shield and runner-up (on count back) in the Championship, Alan Grieve (click for larger image)

Results for the Championship (gross event) and the Monks Earp Shield (nett event) were:

Hickory Shaft Champion

Monks Earp Shield

1  Chris Cooper  1  83
1  Alan Grieve 7 76
2  Alan Grieve  7  83
2  Rob King-Scott 7 77
3  Rob King-Scott  7  84
3  Scott Makiol 11 78
4  Joe Janison  1  86
4  Kevin Tuckwell 12 81
5  Scott Hendry  6  88
5  Scott Hendry 6 82
6  Peter Shaw  2  88
6  Graham Kildey 9 82
7  Scott Makiol  11  89
7  Bradley Tatnell 11 82
8  Graham Kildey  9  91
8  Ross Bishop 12 82
9  Justin Ryan  7  92
9  Matthew McCarthy 12 83
10  Kevin Tuckwell  12  93
10  Tony Mountstephens 13 83
11  Bradley Tatnell  11  93
11  Joe Janison 1 85
12  Ross Bishop  12  94
12  Justin Ryan 7 85
13  Matthew McCarthy  12  95
13  Arthur O'Shea 17 85
14  Ian King  8  95
14  Peter Shaw 2 86
15  Tony Mountstephens  13  96
15  Ian King 8 87
16  Andrew Baker  11  98
16  Andrew Baker 11 87
17  Ross Haslam  12  99
17  Ross Haslam 12 87
18  Arthur O'Shea  17  102
18  Peter Quinlan 18 92
19  Peter Quinlan  18  110
19  Russell Michael 16 109
20  Russell MIchael  16  125

The Monks Earp Shield (click for larger image)

Drinks in the clubhouse were followed by presentations and a convivial dinner in Royal Queensland Golf Club’s Silver Boomerang Room.

We thank the members and committee of Royal Queensland Golf Club for making their wonderful Michael Clayton-designed golf links and exceptional facilities available for this year’s event. We also thank the club for waiving green fees for visitors to this event — our most important of the year. Despite recent illness, it was wonderful to greet our Patron, Charlie Earp, at the dinner and to hear and enjoy his reminiscences of days gone by. As always, Royal Queensland Golf Club Manager Tim Gahan and his staff ensured a faultless day of golf and evening of festivity. Also, special thanks to Steve Rhind who so efficiently looks after AGHS events all year and his colleague Andrew Vanstone from the club’s golf centre.

AGHS 4BBB Event — Nudgee Golf Club

On the lay-day between the individual and foursomes championships, AGHS Treasurer Ross Haslam organized an informal 4BBB event at his home club Nudgee Golf Club. Played over the club’s relatively flat and short par 69 South Course, the event was contested by an elite field of eleven players.

AGHS 4BBB at Nudgee Golf Club (click for larger image)

Ross reports that participants had a ‘great afternoon’ and winners with nett 59 strokes were the dynamic pairing of Alan Grieve and Chris Webster,
both from The Brisbane Golf Club.

Thank you to the members and committee of Nudgee Golf Club for making their course and facilities available to AGHS for this event and for waiving green fees for visitors. Also, many thanks to the clubhouse staff for the lovely pre-round luncheon they provided.

Queensland Hickory Shaft Foursomes Championship — The Brisbane Golf Club

On the morning of Sunday 5th November, having participated in events at Royal Queensland and Nudgee Golf Clubs in the preceding days, twenty keen hickory golfers assembled at The Brisbane Golf Club to contest the second annual Queensland Hickory Shaft Foursomes Championship (six more participants than the inaugural event). Having hosted the Queensland Open on the previous weekend, The Brisbane Golf Club’s beautiful and historic Yeeroongpilly links were again in superlative condition.

In a wonderful display of golfing prowess, the winners of this event for its second running were again local pairing Alan Grieve and Joel Negline
with 75 strokes off-the-stick (three stokes fewer than their winning score last year). Runners-up with a gross score of 85 were Rob King-Scott and
Andrew Baker. In third place, with 89 strokes were last year’s runners-up, Justin Ryan from Bendigo and ex-touring professional Don Fardon, on count back from Matthew McCarthy and Allard Bernhofen.

2017 Queensland Hickory Shaft Foursomes Champions, Alan Grieve and Joel Negline (click for larger image)

The Treasurer’s Trophy for the best nett score was won by last year’s winners Rob King-Scott and Andrew Baker with 76. They edged out their
playing companions Russell Michael and Tony Mountstephens by four strokes. Third in this event for the second year running were Allard Bernhofen and Matthew McCarthy. This beautiful new trophy, featuring an ancient split-shaft driver head and a mesh ball, was also made by our Treasurer Ross Haslam.

The Treasurer’s Trophy (click for larger image)

Results for the Championship and the Treasurer's Trophy were:

Foursomes Championship (gross event)
Treasurer’s Trophy (nett event)
Pos. Players Score
Pos. Players Score
1 Alan Grieve (7) and Joel Negline (3) 75
1 Rob King-Scott (7) and Andrew Baker (11) 76
2 Rob King-Scott (7) and Andrew Baker (11) 85
2 Russell Michael (16) and Tony Mountstephens (14) 80
3 Justin Ryan (7) and Don Fardon (+1) 89
3 Matthew McCarthy (12) and Allard Bernhofen (2) 82
4 Matthew McCarthy (12) and Allard Bernhofen (2) 89
4 Scott Hendry (6) and Mick Pett (12) 83
5 Scott Hendry (6) and Mick Pett (12) 92
5 Justin Ryan (7) and Don Fardon (+1) 86
6 Geoff Egar (11) and Don Fardon (+1) 94
6 Ross Haslam (11) and Chris Webster (13) 86
7 Russell Michael (16) and Tony Mountstephens (14) 95
7 Geoff Egar (11) and Don Fardon (+1) 89
8 Ross Haslam (11) and Chris Webster (13) 98
8 Paula Biscaya and Donna Vessamn 89.5
9 Andrew Cheyne (6) and Sayad Hussain (10) 103
9 Andrew Cheyne (6) and Sayad Hussain (10) 95
10 Paula Biscaya and Donna Vessamn 117

Drinks, presentations and a most convivial lunch were held in the beautiful and historic clubhouse of The Brisbane Golf Club. This year we were joined by eight family members of Sydney-based AGHS member Tony Mountstephens. Tony’s wife's grandfather, Dr. Eugen Hirschfeld, an early member of The Brisbane Golf Club, was also a founding member of Victoria Park Golf Club in 1898. Tony only recently came across this reference in the Norm Richardson article ‘Early Golf in Queensland’ in The Brassie. A number of Dr. Hirschfeld’s grandchildren still reside in Brisbane and surrounds and it was they (and their families) who joined us for the luncheon at The Brisbane Golf Club.

AGHS sincerely thanks the members, committee and staff of The Brisbane Golf Club for hosting our foursomes championship for the second year in a row and also for waiving green fees for visitors. This contribution to the growth of hickory golf in Queensland is greatly appreciated. Thanks also to Alan Grieve who managed all arrangements with the Club in the lead-up to this event. Surrounded by a wealth of historic photographs and antique golfing memorabilia, no more appropriate setting could provide a finale to such a memorable and delightful three-day weekend of hickory golf.

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Special thanks to renowned sports photographer Neville Sandford

Andrew Baker - Captain AGHS (Queensland)

2017 Al Howard Memorial Trophy

The teams from The Golf Society of Victoria (GSA) and The Australian Golf Heritage Society (AGHS) representing Victoria and NSW respectively were evenly matched in number having five players each.

The weather on both days was perfect with clear skies and temperatures in the mid 20s. Both courses were in wonderful condition, although the greens - whilst very true - did present some players with challenges during the day’s play.

Tuesday’s event was off the White markers at Royal Canberra Golf Club - with the course measuring 6,112 metres - under a modified Singles Matchplay format. Rather than the result of each match being presented in a net format, the total number of holes won by each player was used to determine the result

The following table identifies the day’s result with GSA players mentioned first, and the 'Handicap Differential' shown as a + or - figure for the AGHS player.

Holes Won
AGHS Handicap
 Tony Rule v. Lachlan Wilson 6 3 +2
 Peter Stickley v. Tony Mountstephens 8 5 -4
 Claire Walker v. Barry Leithhead 4 10 -10
 Neil Walker v. Andrew Wilson 9 9 -9
 Rod Hiscox v. Ross Howard 8 4 -8
 Day 1  Totals 35

So, at the end of Day One, GSA were 4 holes up, and perhaps quietly confident of retaining the Trophy for a second year in succession. Rod, Tony and Peter starred for the GSA with Tony having 5 pars, Peter with 3 pars and Barry was a key performer for the AGHS.

The assembled teams - sans the first match - at Royal Canberra.
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The 11th Hole at Royal Canberra
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Wednesday’s event was a singles stableford format off the Yellow markers @ QGC on a course measuring 5,562 metres, some 550 metres             shorter, with the best 4 scores to be added to Tuesday’s results.

The following table identifies the day’s points result & final counts.

 Counting For
 Barry Leithhead

 Neil Walker

 Lachlan Wilson

 Tony Mountstephens

 Andrew Wilson

 Rod Hiscox

 Peter Stickley

 Tony Rule

 Claire Walker

 Ross Howard

 Day 2
 Day 1

Lachlan was the star at Queanbeyan shooting 8 pars in his round, with Barry, Andrew and Ross with 3 pars each. Clearly stableford favoured the AGHS starters and match play the GSA players. Birdie twos were scored by both Tony Rule & Tony Mountstephens on 8 and 17 respectively - well done.

Queanbeyan Golf Club
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Regardless of the results all players appeared to have a great time and enjoy the opportunity to play on courses that were not their home “tracks”.
Planning for the 2018 event is now in hand with the courses to hopefully be along the Murray River in a similar time frame with Howlong and Corowa being mentioned as the possible venues.

My sincere thanks to all those travelled to the event and I hope we can all meet again in 2018.

On a personal note, I was privileged (seconded) to caddy for Dad in 1955 when he played on the original Royal Canberra course (now under Lake Burley Griffin) during an ACT Open event, play again with Dad on the current course in late 1960s & 70s and playing for the 1st time @ Queanbeyan that Dad had changed & redesigned in the 60s & 70s, all wonderful memories.

Also, our thanks to Patrick Maher (Royal Canberra GC) and Jake Nagle & David Dale from Queanbeyan GC for making our event a success.     

Ross Howard
Captain AGHS

2017 Australian Hickory Shaft Championship

The 23rd staging of the event was held on Thursday 21 September 2017 at Long Reef Golf Club in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. If you don’t know the course, Google it and see the setting via satellite - spectacular!

The day, setting and field enjoyed a very pleasant day, a course in good condition and a field of 31 with an entry of nine players on a handicap of 3 or less.

The Long Reef Golf Course from the area of the first tee.
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We welcomed to the Championship eight new players, Paul Skinner, Alex Sutherland, Nick Griffin, William Aguirrezabal, Tim Sayers, Simon Gore, Paul Padagas and Mark Meares who in the majority were having their first games with the “hickories” - we hope to see you all at future events. 

The start of the day saw our Secretary/Treasurer Steve collecting money, issuing receipts and dispensing cards and playing conditions, Tony Pickrell providing hire sets, and Jim Glenday looking after the first tee photography - thanks guys for your invaluable assistance.

We had hoped to have a hit off “a la Masters” with past winners Peter Read (7 times), Des Froneman and the creator of the event Tom Moore way back in 1995, but a variety of circumstances prevented that happening - maybe next year.

Group 1 (l - r) - Mark Meares, Les Browne, Barry Leithhead & Tony Mounstephens.
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Group 2 (l - r) - Warren Smith, Alex Sutherland, Paul Skinner, Darron Watt.
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Group 3 - Luke Kavanagh, Simon Gore, Phil Baird, Tim Sayers.
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Darron Watt
Warren Smith
Alex Sutherland
Paul Skinner

Phil Baird
Tim Sayers
Simon Gore
Luke Kavanagh

Without the leader board that was delayed (just joking) as the field passed onto the 2nd nine, the scratch leaders were closely bunched with scores of 39 from Darron Watt, Paul Skinner, Phil Baird and Tim Sayers, with a further three players on 40 - Alex Sutherland, Ross Haslam and Nick Griffin.

Darron then birdied the 10th (par 5) and was never headed carding an inward nine of 38 for a total of 77 to win by 2 from Paul Skinner (on countback) and Alex running in 2nd and 3rd places respectively with 79s. Over the back 9, three players carded 39s being Alex, Queensland stalwart Andrew Baker, and our host Les Browne.

Group 4 (l - r) - Barry Meares, Paul Gladwin, Geoff Martin & Warwick Stanwell.
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Group 5 (l - r) - Andrew Wilson, Lachie Wilson, Alan Grieve, Nick Griffin.
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Group 6 - Peter Watts, Paul Padagas, William Aguirrezabal.
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Geoff Martin Warwick Stanwell
Barry Meares
Paul Gladwin

Alan Grieve
Nick Griffin
Lachie Wilson
Andrew Wilson

Peter Watts
William Aguirrezabal Paul Padagas

So, our scratch winner for the 2nd time was our 2015 winner Darron Watt from Wagga Wagga. Darron indicated that he had played very little golf in recent months, but obviously the break did not do him any harm.

In the hotly contested handicap section those with handicaps in the teens proved very hard to beat, and Paul Gladwin off 15 played consistent golf on both nines with a pair of 42s to record a net of 69. Our Queensland visitors finished 2nd and 3rd - Andrew Baker and Chris Webster (on countback from another Queenslander Ross Haslam) with nets of 71 and 73 respectively .

Tim Sayers and Andrew Baker won the nearest the pins on 2nd & 13th respectively.

Group 7 (l - r) - Dennis Sundin, Ross Haslam, Andrew Baker & Chris Webster.
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Group 8 (l - r) - Steve Doorey, Tony Pickrell, Ross Howard, Jim Glenday.
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Ross Haslam
Chris Webster
Andrew Baker
Dennis Sundin

Of interest, there were 7 birdies recorded at 6 different holes. The  easiest hole was the par 4 6th (one birdie & 14 pars - 0.64 over par overall) and the hardest 14th (two pars, 15 bogies & lots of 'others' - 1.57 over par overall).

To those that had travelled from north of the border, from Wagga Wagga and the South Coast we thank you for your commitment to this event.

In an endeavour to end on a humourous note, we have some advice to those using remotely controlled electric buggies. It is respectfully suggested a water hazard (Rule 26, particularly one with actual water in it) should not be traversed by a buggy, as it inevitably leads to considerable clothing and buggy damage, and your late arrival at the dinner table !

Also, whilst playing in my group at the tail of the field, our Secretary/Treasurer Steve appeared to steer his drive OB on the 17th. By sleight of hand - but more probably the outside influence of a well-trained four-legged friend - the ball appeared in the middle of the fairway all without Steve’s intervention. Very curious, but it helps to have canine friends !

Scratch Winner Darron Watt
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Scratch Winner Darron Watt
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Nett Winner Paul Gladwin
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Nett Winner Paul Gladwin
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The Noisy Table
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The Quiet Table
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As those present on the day noted, two of our stalwarts were absent. Tom Moore - the founding father of the AGHS - was in hospital, and on the Friday had bypass surgery. I can report having seen Tom on Sunday, and he is progressing well. Our friend and fellow Committee member Tony Doggett also has a health problem, and we wish them both the best for the future. 

Congratulations again to Darron on achieving a second victory, and to all who played. I trust you enjoyed the day.

Our sincere thanks to the Long Reef Club, Les Browne, Ben Russell, Danny Vera and the catering staff for their contributions participating in making this first event at a true links course memorable.

Ross Howard

AGHS Captain

2017 Craigieburn Cup

With less than 40mm of rain since July, it's been a very dry winter in the Southern Highlands. Normally, you would expect such a lack of rainfall to have a detrimental effect on a course without fairway watering, but this definitely was not the case at Craigieburn when we made out visit on Sunday 17th September 2017. The course was well-grassed, and without the surface water which seems to have been the rule over the past few years.

While only nine players were present, there was a fair geographical spread - Richard Manning came up from Canberra, Ray Flynn and Bill Hayes travelled from the South Coast, Andrew and Trish Wilson represented the Illawarra, Simon Lawrance had done the commute from East Bowral, while Tony Pickrell, Ross Howard and Steve Doorey had travelled down the Hume from various parts of Sydney.

In the scratch section, competition was tight over the first nine. Both Richard and Andrew carded 38, while Simon - after a double bogey at the first - regrouped to score 39 at the turn. Slightly in arrears, but not to be discounted in any company, was the wily Tony Pickrell with 42. The ever so slightly easier - by one shot - second nine saw Andrew record 40 strokes, and Tony and Richard 39, but it was the fast finishing Simon who got the chocolates after carding a second nine 37 for a total of 76. Simon also won the event in 2013, and so becomes the first multiple winner at Craigieburn. Welcome back, Simon!

The handicap portion of the event was a little more open, but just as hotly contested. After nine holes, Andrew was looking favourite with a net 30, but not entirely out of contention were Tony on 31, Richard on 34, Ray, Ross and Steve on 35, and Simon on 36. Ray managed to make up two shots the second time around, Tony made up one, while Ross and Steve marked time. It was nowhere near enough to catch the Minnamurra Mauler, and Andrew added a Craigieburn title to his hickory CV.

Other items of interest:

The full scores were as follows:

 Simon Lawrance 76 5 71
 Richard Manning 77 7 70
 Andrew Wilson 78 16
 Tony Pickrell 81 17 64
 Ray Flynn 84 19 65
 Steve Doorey 85 18 67
 Ross Howard 86 19 67
 Bill Hayes 92 15 77
 Trish Wilson 101 25 76

After teeing off from the top of the hill, the fourth fairway
opens up.
Looking towards the fourth green.
Looking back at the fourth green

Bill Hayes launches one on the sixth.
Looking back at the seventh green.
Andrew Wilson putting on the last

Simon Lawrence taps in for a par on the last
Scratch winner Simon Lawrance
Nett winner Andrew Wilson

Thanks to all who attended, and congratulations to the winners. See you next year for the event in Craigieburn's 99th year.

J. J. Paine Trophy - Monday 8th May 2017

The J. J. Paine Trophy annually celebrates the first golf played in Windsor at Gosper's Paddock in 1905. This 9-hole heritage golf event was jointly coordinated by the Windsor Country Golf Club, the Hawkesbury Historical Society and the Australian Golf Heritage Society and listed as an Australian Heritage Festival event for 2017.

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Monday greeted the 20 players (3 ladies & 17 gents) with a cool early morning but after morning tea and a group photo session, the serious business started with Barry Leithhead acting as the starter with the groups playing the back 9 of the course. The format was individual Stableford, with the scratch score winning the J.J. Paine trophy and handicap result also. Players had been encouraged to wear “period clothing” and some most impressive models were present.

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The course presented in great condition, played off the blue tees and with the pin placements from the weekend’s medal round proved an interesting test on a number of greens with plenty of slope to which the writer for one can attest. The weather during the morning was a delightful autumn day with plenty of sunshine and a light breeze.

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After a delightful lunch on the verandah overlooking the course and a most interesting talk of the heritage listed Fairfield House by Neville Dehn, the assembled players waited for the competition results.

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Don Graves repeated his 2016 success and won the J.J. Paine Trophy with a scratch stableford score of 8 points on a count back. Barry Leithhead won the gent’s handicap with 17 points and Sandy Kinnish also repeated her 2016 ladies win with 9 points on a count back.

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Nearest the pin on 13th was a family affair with Sandy and Neil Kinnish taking home the prizes. Graham Ruttley (Windsor GC Captain) won the gent’s long drive and Rosemary Phillis the ladies.

A very pleasant day was experienced by all and special thanks to those who organised the event and also to my playing partners on the day Graham & Rod. Hopefully in 2018 we will see a larger field to contest the important trophy on the wonderful setting that is Windsor Golf Club.

The 2017 J. J. Paine victors (L-R) - Don Graves, Sandy Kinnish, Barry Leithhead
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Ross Howard - AGHS Captain

Kiama Hickory Challenge - Sunday 30th April 2017

A beautiful sunny and mild South Coast autumn day greeted the 12 hickory competitors with a slight south easterly breeze for the 6th staging of the event, played to Stableford rules. Players journeyed from Sydney, ACT and adjacent South Coast areas, so a big 'Thanks' to all who travelled. It should also be noted Andrew has a much better conduit to the “weather controller” than does the writer’s recent efforts.

Group 1 (l - r) - Rob Downie, Dennis Sundin, Ross Howard & Neville Rider.
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Group 2 (l - r) - Raymond Flynn, Trish Wilson, Andrew Wilson, Tony Doggett.
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Group 3 - Tom Moore (substituting for the photographer), Jim Glenday, Peter Manning, Richard Manning.
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The course was in great condition and the greens proved to be a test of skill and judgement, and sincere thanks go to Andrew Wilson for again organising the event at his home course.

Rob Downie driving from the 1st tee.
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Hickory first timer and current Craigieburn Cup champion - Peter & Richard Manning on the 5th.
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Our host Andrew Wilson successfully plays a simple chip shot to the 9th green.
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At the turn after 9 holes, the score cards revealed Steve Doorey and Richard Manning tied on 13 points, with Tony Doggett, Andrew (our host) and Neville Rider following closely on 11. The rest of the field ranged from 10 to 3 with first time hickory player Peter Manning on 8.

A drink & nourishment seemed to affect some players dramatically with some falling back, others maintaining their scoring and one individual “firing”. The final 9 holes and the checking the cards revealed a close finish for second with Dennis Sundin and Richard Manning on 25 points, but the leader had been busy accumulating 29 with a 2nd nine of 16.

The result at the end of 18 holes was Steve Doorey proclaimed the winner, who had tallied four 3 pointers in his round. Birdies were in short
“supply” with only with 2, Dennis Sundin on 6th and Jim Glenday on #17, both par 3s. Dennis Sundin won the nearest the pin on 6th with a shot that finished 137 centimetres from the hole.

For the statistically minded, it was interesting to note the hardiest hole on the course was # 15 with average of .58 Stableford points, and the easiest # 17 with 2.25 points average.

So, at the end of the day, the AGHS Secretary-Treasurer gets to have his name engraved on the trophy (Al Howard’s hickory shafted putter) at Kiama - well done Steve.

Details of the Al Howard Trophy for the Kiama Hickory Challenge
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The Al Howard Putter
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The winner of the 2017 Kiama Hickory Challenge
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Whilst enjoying our refreshments after the game, Andrew tabled a number of articles and photos of the course covering many years.

Kiama Golf Club - 1948
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Kiama Golf Club - mid 1960s
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 Kiama Golf Club - 1981
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Kiama today with the original nine holes overlaid.
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For those who played, we would like to extend a sincere thank you on behalf of our hosts (Andrew and the Kiama Golf Club), and we all look forward to a larger field in 2018.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ross Howard
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Dan Cullen Trophy Event - Thursday 20 April 2017

Finally, we were able to enjoy the opportunity to compete for the Dan Cullen Trophy after two false starts due to bad weather. The holding of the event represents the 15th time the trophy has been played for since the initial match in 2002 when Peter Read and Barry Leithhead were the inaugural winners.

As in previous events the course was presented in great condition and drew many favourable comments. A vote of sincere thanks to Les Browne (Captain of Long Reef Golf Club) for arranging the event at the Reef, to Danny in the Pro shop, and also the course staff for presenting the course in such great condition. As a player who started his club golf at The Reef in the late 1960s, it is a wonderful tribute to the Long Reef Club that the course has been developed from the plainer version of 50 years ago into its current wonderful and interesting layout.

 Long Reef Golf Club - far from unattractive.
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Tools at the ready.
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Tony Doggett gets one out of the screws.
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Playing off the Gold markers, the weather gods smiled on our group of 21 players with a beautiful autumn afternoon. Our playing group included some new faces, Mark, Wayne and Josh, welcome and we trust you enjoyed the experience and will return to do battle with the hickories in the future. Also, great to see Mal Bray down from the Sunshine Coast, and Tom Moore making an appearance even though he did not play.

A number of past winners (8) including 3 players with multiple wins to their names fancied their chances on the day hoping to add their names to the trophy board.

The event was conducted over 11 holes in a 2 ball Ambrose format, from 1st hole to 11th, with a par of 43. The range of gross scores ranged from one under par to 10 over. The handicaps also covered a range from 1 to 26. The handicap applied was determined by dividing the joint gross handicaps by 4 (except for 6 in the group of 3).

Group Two on the first hole.
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On the green.
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Tony Pickrell - backbone of the winning pair trio.
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Of interest were the birdies recorded this year being 10 in total (8 last year), with 2 @ 1st, 1 @ 4th, 2 @ 6th, 2 @ 7th, 1 @ 8th and 1 each @ 10th & 11th. Obviously as a group we are getting better with the “hickories”!  The hardest holes were the 4th and 5th averaging 5.1 against a par of 4, the easiest was 7th being only .2 over par. Of the 10 groups 7 recorded a net less than par, with 4 groups having net scores of less than 40.

With the scores tallied, in 3rd place were Paul Gladwin and Geoff Martin with net of 39.25 (gross of 45) and the runners up were Josh Whitehouse and Steve Doorey with 37.50 (gross of 42). The winners, posting a net of 37 was the three-man team of Tony and Martin Pickrell and Wayne Grundy (a novice hickory player) with a gross of 47.

The winners (L-R) - Martin Pickrell, Tony Pickrell & Wayne Grundy - with Dan Cullen Jnr.
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So, a new set of names will grace the wonderful reminder of our dear departed patron, Dan Cullen Jnr. also played in the field and presented the winners with the Dan Cullen Trophy. Of interest, we now have a pair of triple winners of this trophy plus a further double winner.

My personal thanks to Dennis for being my partner on the day, and I trust all players enjoyed the day as much we did.

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Beverley Park Golf Club Show & Tell - Tuesday 28 February 2017

An increase of 25% in players over 1st hickory event of 2017, the advertising must be working!

Five hickory participants ventured forth to tackle the revamped Beverley Park course in Sydney’s southern suburbs on a day forecast with showers & that happened exactly as we were getting the clubs out of the cars, but that was the only shower of the day. A light south easterly breeze prevailed for 18 holes of stableford competition starting at 11am (with senior’s rates of $17 per round) and the playing conditions were very pleasant.

The golf course has undergone $1.3 million worth of improvements, adding a creek and ponds that encompass the old, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th and 12th holes as part of a major redevelopment of the course that took a year to complete. The changes have been carried out as part of Georges River Council’s flood mitigation program that will hopefully overcome flooding that has affected the above-mentioned holes as well as local residential concerns. The 18-hole layout is now a 70-par course covering 5570 metres and was reopened in September 2016.

Part of the flood mitigation work on the first hole (click for larger image).

Stuart Maurice, Steve Doorey, Bruno Pase, David Brydson & the writer made up the five ball as we tackled the new layout. The course on this Tuesday was very lightly patronised with only one group of two playing through us. Would be a good venue of one of the competition events in the future.

The shot of the day was Stuart’s iron tothe 130 metre par three 2nd which - whilst not as close as his outstanding Randwick effort - gave him the opportunity to sink a putt for a 2 a 4, a good start!

At the turn, Stuart lead with 16 points (1x4, 2x2s, 4x1s), with a 5 points advantage on the best of balance of the field.

After some rehydration and suitable morsels, the 2nd nine produced better good scoring as we started to improve the rhythm of the swing and manage the pace of the greens.

Stuart’s first 9 effort was apparently draining & he troubled the scorer on only 6 holes in the back nine to record a total of 26. Bruno amassed 16 to tie with Stuart on 26, Steve and David amassed 14 and 12 points respectively to end with totals of 23. Meantime the scribe was improving on the front 9 effort of 11, with 18 points from 8 scoring holes to accumulate 29 points & be declared the winner. The group declared the course to be an improvement on the old layout, and very hickory friendly.

The second green - the scene of Stuart's heroics - showing the new hazard (click for larger image).

To those who played on the day, thanks for a most enjoyable and pleasant few hours and to those of you who could not appear please mark Beverley Park as a course to play in the future.

Please don’t forget the Dan Cullen Trophy at Long Reef on Thursday 16th March, with sign on time of 1pm.

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Queensland Chapter - January 2017 Event

AGHS Queensland Chapter’s first hickory event for 2017 was a nine hole stableford competition held in the afternoon of Friday 27th January 2017
over the back nine of Royal Queensland Golf Club’s Eagle Farm links. The event was contested under threatening skies by eleven eager

Winner on the day was Alan Grieve with 18 stableford points (39 off-the-stick) on a countback from John Hains (see page 7 of the December 2016 issue of 'The Brassie' for further explanation). On this occasion, John avoided water problems by asking a playing partner to retrieve a ball lost in a water hazard rather than risking an ignominious dunking similar to last year’s. In third place was Brisbane Golf Club newcomer Joel Negline who scored 17 points (40 off-the-stick).

These results indicate that hickory golf in Queensland this year will continue to be equally as competitive as in previous years. The spirited
conversations and bonhomie experienced during post-round drinks indicate that hickory golf in Queensland will also continue to be an enjoyable and gratifying activity for our small but committed cadre.

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Randwick Show & Tell - 19th January

Only four hickory participants fronted Randwick Golf Course at Malabar in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on a mild and overcast day, with light south easterly breeze for 18 holes of stableford competition starting @ 9:30am. Apart from a short sharp shower around the 2nd/3rd, the day was great weather for playing with the hickories.

I must confess I had never played Randwick, par of 59 (30/29) with length 3,545 (1,860/1,685) meters, with 13 par 3s. Located along the western foreshore of Malabar Cove and adjacent to The Coast Golf course with an adjoining boundary marked by white posts, the course proved to ideal for the hickories.

The 1st at Randwick
The first hole at Randwick (click for larger image).

Stuart Maurice, Steve Doorey, Bruno Pase & the writer made up the four. Unfortunately, Bruno’s bag consisted of a variety of hickories & steel shafted clubs so his results could not be taken into account.

At the turn, Stuart lead with 18 points (2x3s, 5x2s & 2x1s points), closely followed by the writer with 17 (2x3s, 5x2s and 1x1 point) & Steve running 3rd with 12.

The 2nd nine produced some good scoring with Stuart amassing 19 points (1x4, 3x3, 2x2 but unfortunately 2 wipes), accumulating a total of 37 points. Steve meantime had finished his 2nd nine run with 17 points for a total of 29. The writer meantime was making his run with 21 points (5x3s, 2x2s and 2 singles) to claim top of the leader board with 38 points.

The shot of the day was Stuart’s iron to the 157 metre par 3 13th, which went very close to the cup. Not to be outdone, his three playing partners also put their tee shots onto the green. And yes, he did sink the putt for 2 a 4 . . . the other 75% of the group only managed pars.

The 13th at Randwick
Left to right - Bruno Pase, Stuart Maurice and Ross Howard stand over their potential birdie putts at the 13th. The fourth member of the group had gone back to his bag to get a divot tool to repair the crater at bottom left (click for larger image).

Having played the course Randwick is certainly an ideal hickory style course and AGHS will utilise in the future.

To those who played on the day, thanks for a most enjoyable and pleasant few hours and to those of you who could not appear please mark Randwick as a course to play in the future.

From the day at The Coast last year, Dennis Sundin had kindly donated to me a mashie, branded/stamped “Made in Scotland, Warranted Hand Forged, STAR emblem, SPECIAL with Tom Howard Concord in oval outline”, with “5” punched in the sole. Tom Moore had subsequently  performed his magic on the club and it was the Show & Tell item.

Randwick - view south.
 The view south from the 15th tee at Randwick - The Coast G.C. next door, with St. Michaels in the distance (click for larger image).

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Muirfield Hickory Experience

It would be entirely fair to say that the 'Hickory Experience' was firmly embraced by the members of the Muirfield Golf Club on Sunday 27th November. On a pleasantly cool Sunday afternoon, six groups of four - including the General Manager, Club Professional and Club Captain - were on hand for the 3:00 p.m. shotgun start of the inaugural 'Muirfield Hickory Day'. The event decided upon was a four person Ambrose over the first nine holes, using the forward 'Gold' tees.

In the scratch event, there were two scores under par returned. The four of AGHS Captain Ross Howard, Muirfield professional Peter Jones, Muirfield Captain Matt Cashman and Chris Nicholson (who I'm sure is qualified in some way, I just didn't find out how) came in with a 3-under 31, which included four birdies and a single bogey. They edged out Tony Pickrell, Craig Pickrell, Muirfield General Manager John Edward and Jackson Edward, whose 33 showed two birdies and one bogey.

In the net section of the competition, things were not so cut and dried. A post-play check of the calculated handicaps in the scorers tent found an extra 1/8 of a stroke for the group of Paul Gladwin, Denny Gladwin, Barry Meares and Robin Thompson, and this slight revision was enough for them to take out the net prize . . . by 1/8 of a shot.

There were also some individual prizes on offer in the form of Nearest the Pin and Long Drive competitions. The Nearest the Pin on the 2nd was taken out by Lucy Harris, the 6th by Paul Gladwin, and the 9th by John Edward. The Mens Longest Drive was well struck by Jackson Edward, and the Ladies was claimed by Lucy Harris.

Scratch Winners
Net Winners
Nearest The Pin Winners
 Three quarters of the scratch winning four - Chris Nicholson, Matt Cashman, Ross Howard
(click for larger image).
 The winners of the net prize - Barry Meares, Robin Thompson, Denny Gladwin, Paul Gladwin
(click for larger image).
 Nearest the Pin prize winners - Paul Gladwin, John Edward, Lucy Harris
(Click for larger image).

After some refreshment and/or rehydration, most of the players withdrew to the function room for dinner. There were additional guests at the dinner, and the room was considerably enhanced by the presence of Mae Faichney, widow of the much lauded Slazenger Australia clubmaker Alex "Sandy" Faichney; Marea Parsons, one of the stars of Australian ladies golf in the 1960s and 70s; and the winner of the 1957 and 1961 Australian Opens, Frank Phillips.

In a short after dinner address, Frank shared some entertaining and insightful anecdotes on some of his much more celebrated contemporaries, along with some painfully true comparisons between golf in the 1950s and 60s and today . . . like the amount of prize money they pay. Frank was fulsome in his praise of the work the Society do, and his comments were very well received.

Moore & Phillips
 A couple of young fellows who should know better than to play
up in front of the crowd (click for larger image).

Muirfield Golf Club are to be congratulated on the effort they put into the day. Everything went perfectly to plan, and a fine time was had by all present. The 'Hickory Experience' can be held at any club, and a package can be tailored to suit almost any particular needs. Anyone interested in running an event at their club can contact the Society via hickoryexperience@australiangolfheritage.org.au .

Full scores for the afternoon's play:

 Players  Scratch  Handicap  Net
 Ross Howard
 Peter Jones
 Chris Nicholson
 Matt Cashman
 6 1/4
 24 3/4
 Kris Murgatroyd
 Geoff Murgatroyd
 Debbie Carter
 Bruce Carter
11 1/2  26 1/2
 Peter Read
 Barry Ambler
 Nigel Black
 Ann Pile
6  28
 Paul Gladwin
 Denny Gladwin
 Barry Meares
 Robin Thompson
11 3/8  24 5/8
 Joanna Corrigan
 Tom Moore
 Lucy Harris
 Steve Doorey
6 3/8  29 5/8
 Tony Pickrell
 Craig Pickrell
 John Edward
 Jackson Edward
6 3/4  26 1/4


Festival of Tropical Hickory Golf

Between Friday 4th and Sunday the 6th of November 2017, AGHS (Queensland Chapter) conducted a trio of hickory golfing events at three of Brisbane - and Queensland’s - premier golf clubs: the Queensland Hickory Shaft Championship at Royal Queensland Golf Club; the AGHS 4BBB event at Nudgee Golf Club; and the Queensland Hickory Shaft Foursomes Championship at The Brisbane Golf Club.

Queensland Hickory Shaft Championship—Royal Queensland Golf Club

Played in warm and blustery conditions, the second annual Queensland Hickory Shaft Championship was again played at Royal Queensland Golf Club. The club’s par 72 links were in fine condition and the championship was played over a course of approximately 5900 metres, with a scratch rating of 73 and slope rating of 126. As always, visitors and locals alike were challenged by the strategic layout of the course and its fast, undulating greens.

This year’s field of nineteen players included interstate and country visitors. Justin Ryan travelled from Quarry Hill Golf Club in Bendigo, Lachlan Wilson from Wagga Wagga Golf Club, Matthew McCarthy from Rowes Bay Golf Club in Townsville, and Scott Hendry from City Golf Club in Toowoomba. The field also included three professional golfers - Joe Janison and Reece McRae from The Brisbane Golf Club, and Royal Queensland Golf Club’s recent Belgian import Jean Relecom.

Championship Participants
Competitors in the 2017 Queensland Hickory Shaft Championship, Royal Queensland Golf Club
Runner-up: Rob King-Scott (front-left), Champion: Alan Grieve (front, right)
(Click for larger image)

The winner of the Queensland Hickory Shaft Championship for the second year running was Alan Grieve with a fine round of 79 strokes. A model of consistency, Alan recorded the same score over the same course as last year’s inaugural event. His reward this year is a magnificent new trophy featuring a bronze sculpture of Bobby Jones. Generously donated by AGHS Secretary Ross Haslam, this will be the perpetual prize for subsequent champion golfers.

Championship Trophy
The Championship Trophy
(Click for larger image)

This year’s runner-up with a fine round of 80 strokes was Rob King-Scott. While significantly shorter off the tee than Alan, Rob’s peerless short-game and superlative putting kept him in the running until the final hole. Playing in the same group as Alan, Rob registered a par on the 480 metre par five final hole — only to be pipped at the post by Alan’s winning birdie.

Once again, the cream rose to the top. Last year’s runner-up and third place getter, Ralph Heading and Joe Janison respectively, this year finished tied on 86 strokes, with Ralph edging ahead of Joe on a countback to attain place third. With scores under ninety strokes and exhibiting their usual high calibre of play, good rounds were recorded by Reece McRea, Ross Haslam, Chris Cooper, Chris Webster, Jean Relecom and Ross Bishop.

Winner of the Captain’s Trophy for the best nett score was Rob King-Scott with 71 off a handicap of 9. He was followed, in order, by Chris Webster, Ross Haslam, Kevin Tuckwell and Ross Bishop, who all scored lower than 77 nett.

Mens Captains Trophy
Ladies Captains Trophy
The Captain's Trophies - Men's (left) & Ladies (right)
(Click for larger images)

AGHS Ladies’ Event

For the first time, this year’s event attracted two female participants: Paula Biscaya from City Golf Club in Toowoomba, and Royal Queensland Golf Club Ladies’ Vice-President Jan Kildey. Paula and Jan played a modified stableford event and in a closely fought contest Jan won the Captain’s Trophy with 37 stableford points to Paula’s 35.


Presentations and dinner took place once more in the Royal Queensland Golf Club's Silver Boomerang Room. Showing great stamina, inaugural AGHS Queensland Captain Peter Monks made the presentations. Having arrived back from London at 1:00 am on the day of the event, Peter’s effort was greatly appreciated.


We thank the members and committee of Royal Queensland Golf Club for making its wonderful Michael Clayton-designed golf links and facilities available for this year’s event. We also thank the club for waiving green fees for visitors to this event—our most important of the year. As always, Tim Gahan and his staff ensured a faultless day of golf and evening of merriment. Also, special thanks to Steve Rhind who so efficiently looks after AGHS events all year and his colleague Jill McKeiver from the club’s golf centre.

The AGHS 4BBB Event—Nudgee Golf Club

On the lay-day between the Championship and Foursomes Championship, AGHS Treasurer Ross Haslam organised an informal 4BBB event at his home club Nudgee Golf Club. Played over the club’s relatively flat and short par 69 South Course, the event was contested by an elite field of twelve players.

Nudgee Event Participants
Nudgee Event Participants
(Click for larger image)

Winners were the experienced and wily duo Arthur O’Shea and Ross Bishop with an outstanding score of 46 stableford points. Ross Haslam reports, “I was fortunate to play in Arthur and Ross’ group. Arthur’s driving and short game were at their absolute best, his putting especially was outstanding. An extra 2– 3" of roll on the slow Nudgee greens and their winning 46 points could easily have been 50+ points. Ross’ control of ball-flight into the wind was as good as it gets in hickory golf. If it hadn’t been 34 degrees in brilliant Brisbane sunshine we would have sworn we were watching a seasoned Scotsman manoeuvring his way around a windswept links course. His knockdown shots were second to none.”

Runners-up were Chris and Greg Cooper (not related) with a most creditable 43 points on countback from Lachie Wilson and Chris Webster, and also Alan Grieve and Matt McCarthy. Geoff Egarr and Ross Haslam on 39 points avoided the wooden spoon on countback from Rob King-Scott and Justin Ryan.

Thank you to the members and committee of Nudgee Golf Club for making their course and facilities available to AGHS for this event and for waiving green fees for visitors. Also, many thanks to the clubhouse staff for the lovely pre-round luncheon they provided.

Queensland Hickory Shaft Foursomes Championship—The Brisbane Golf Club

On the morning of Sunday 6th November, having participated in events at Royal Queensland and Nudgee Golf Clubs in the preceding days, fourteen keen hickory golfers assembled at The Brisbane Golf Club to contest the inaugural Queensland Hickory Shaft Foursomes Championship. Having only recently hosted the Queensland Open, The Brisbane Golf Club’s beautiful and historic Yeeroongpilly links were in superlative condition.

In an impressive display of golfing skill and strength, the winners of the inaugural running of this event were local pairing Alan Grieve and Joel Negline with 78 strokes off-the-stick. Runners-up with a gross score of 84 were ex-touring professional Don Fardon and Victorian visitor Justin Ryan. In third place with 86 strokes were Allard Bernhofen and Townsville-based Matthew McCarthy.

Foursomes Winners
Foursomes Third Place
Foursomes Winners - Joel Negline & Alan Grieve
(Click for larger image)
Foursomes Third Place - Matthew McCarthy & Allard Bernhoffen
(Click for larger image)

The Captain’s Trophy for the best nett score was won by Andrew Baker and Rob King-Scott with 77.5. They edged out Ross Haslam and Chris Webster by a single stroke, with Allard Bernhofen and Matthew McCarthy a further half-shot behind in third place.


AGHS sincerely thanks the members, committee and staff of The Brisbane Golf Club for hosting our inaugural Foursomes Championship and for waiving green fees for visitors. This contribution to the growth of hickory golf in Queensland is greatly appreciated.


Drinks, presentations and a most convivial lunch were held in the beautiful and historic clubhouse of The Brisbane Golf Club. Surrounded by a wealth of historic photographs and antique golfing memorabilia, no more appropriate setting could provide a finale to such a memorable and delightful three-day weekend of hickory golf.

2016 Queensland Championship Results Download the full results of the three days' competitions.

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Royal Queensland 18th Green
Rob King-Scott lines up his putt on the 18th at Royal Queensland
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Canterbury City Golf Course - Friday 28 October, 2016.

On the 9-hole course managed and expertly manicured by ex-PGA Australia Chairman & PGA Life Member Geoff Scott and his team, the small group of 5 enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of golf and tale swapping. All players enjoyed the ability to recover their shots that had strayed off the

I must confess to never having played this little jewel of a course - designed and constructed by my late Dad Al Howard in 1965 - but the
experience rekindled the memories of the Howardesque mounds around the greens and relative lack of bunkers. An ideal course for the hickories and the AGHS will be back for more next year. My thanks to Kyle Francis as host on the day, just a pity we did not have more starters.
Tom Moore, Bruno Pase, Alan and Robert Stead, and the writer fronted the starter and played a 5 ball. Bruno - using a set of clubs on loan from
Lachie Wilson - proved to be the star of the group snaring 2 consecutive birdies on holes 7 and 8 and carding 38, 4 over for the nine holes. Alan
and Robert had not played with our group for many years and acquitted themselves well with the hickories.
All in all a most enjoyable afternoon of golf and socialising.

 Ross Howard

AGHS Captain

Old Course Hickory Match - Australia v. Sweden

Recently, on a welcome and surprisingly balmy mid-September day in St Andrews, Chris Cooper, a member of Queensland AGHS Chapter, Royal Queensland Golf Club and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, struck up a hickory match with another enthusiast from Sweden, Andreas Wijkstrom.

Sweden's Andreas Wijkstrom and Australia's Chris Cooper shake hands on the first tee at St Andrews.
(click for larger image)

As the picture shows, word of the international match quickly spread. An excited and substantial crowd gathered and jostled for position in anticipation as Andreas and Chris greeted, settled a bet (based on drinks) and prepared for a match from the medal tees.

Chris approached the first tee shot quietly confident, having brought his hickories with him from Australia, that he had the advantage over Andreas’s borrowed weapons. But confidence was tested when they passed the turn at 41 shots apiece with Andreas 1 up (with the assistance of handicap shots making the difference).

The battle continued into the testing back nine as they turned for home. Chris found himself still 1 down standing on the 17th (Road Hole) tee. Jokes about ABBA, and other distractions, were called upon. Slices around the Old Course Hotel were well executed and the fairway found. Not even the call of the nearby Jigger Inn could distract the players. But a 5 by Andreas (with a shot) was enough to beat Chris’s 5 (without a shot) and the match was won by Andreas 2 and 1. The result did not lessen the joy of a playing the 18th on this historic course. Final stroke scores were Chris 83 and Andreas 85.

Chris Cooper

AGHS - Queensland Chapter

Bobby Locke Trophy Results

Round One of the 2016 Bobby Locke Trophy got under way in earnest at Woollahra Golf Club on Wednesday 14th September when number four qualifier met number five qualifier Geoff Martin. In a pretty one-sided match, Geoff prevailed over the donor of the Bobby Locke Trophy to the tune of 6 and 5.

As three of the remaining six qualifiers were members of the Avondale Golf Club, it was suggested that the remaining matches be played on the Avondale course, and this was arranged for Friday 30th September. Unfortunately, the match between Dennis Sundin and David Brydson could not be played on that day due to prior commitments, but the remaining two went ahead.

In the first match, Avondale member Warwick Stanwell took on Barry Meares from Monash. Although only a recent convert to hickories, Warwick managed to prevail over his more experienced opponent to the tune of 5 and 4. In the second match, Avondale member Paul Gladwin did battle with Muirfield's Tom Moore. According to our on-site correspondent, Tom took the lead on the second hole and held that lead throughout, winning 4 and 3.

Matchplay in Progress
Barry Meares, Tom Moore, Warwick Stanwell & Paul Gladwin at work (click for larger image)

The 2016 Bobby Locke Trophy is now poised as follows:

Round One
Dennis Sundin (1) v David Brydson (8)  ?????? v Geoff Martin (5)

Des Froneman v Geoff Martin
Paul Gladwin v Tom Moore Warwick Stanwell (2) v Tom Moore (6)
Warwick Stanwell v Barry Meares

Avondale member Ian Pont putts out on the 18th (click for larger image).

Images courtesy or Mr Andrew Wilson.

2016 Australian Hickory Shaft Championship

The surroundings were familiar, and the participants were mostly familiar. As has been the custom, the Carnarvon layout had been 'shortened' to accommodate the differences between today's equipment and what was in use on the day. What was also evident were the improvements that have been made to the course since our last outing - particularly the bunkers.

We were able to welcome to Richard Manning from Federal G.C. in the A.C.T., Chris Webster from Palmer Gold Coast, and Trevor Edgoose from the North Ryde club. While Richard and Chris had played the previous week at Craigieburn, Trevor was having his first serious hit out with the wooden shaft devices.

Come high noon, captain Ross Howard started marshalling the 28 starters on the first tee.

Ross Haslam on the First Tee
Captain Ross marshalling the field.

First Tee Warm Up
Rob Downie on the First Tee
 Ross Haslam on the First Tee
 Captain Ross Howard marshalls the players (top) &
Group Three warm up (bottom)

 Rob Downie on the First Tee

In the scratch section of the Championship, Alan Grieve stole an early march on the competition by starting par-birdie-par. He dropped a shot at the fourth, but birdied the fifth to be one under after five holes. Of the contenders, Phil Baird was one over, Darron Watt and Lachie Wilson two over, Stephen Fletcher three over, and Richard Manning and Rob Downie four over.

From there, Phil, Darron and Lachie all finished the nine with three pars and a bogie, Rob and Richard scored a brace of pars and bogies each, Alan three bogies and a par, and Stephen four bogies.

So at the turn, Phil and Alan were on 38 strokes, Darron and Lachie on 39, Rob and Richard on 42, and thirty year plus Carnarvon member Stephen on 44.

As has happened here several times in the past, the start of the second nine coincided with things starting to happen in the competition.

Darron carded par figures for the first five holes against the two over figures for Phil and Lachie. Rob was three over for the five, and Alan four after recording his only double bogie of the day on the 12th. Richard and Stephen had dropped back after both having a bad 10th hole and only being able to par one other. Making the final turn back towards the club house, Darron lead on 59 shots from Phil on 60, Lachie on 61, Alan on 62 and Rob not yet out of it on 65.

Rob scored four bogies to finish, while Darron and Lachie carded three bogies and a par. Phil scored three pars and a bogie - as did Alan - but Phil's steadiness over the last nine secured him his first Australian Hickory Shaft Championship with a score of 77. After being runner-up last year, his win was not entirely a surprise.

Dan Soutar was a great golfer, and filled the runner-up spot in the Australian Open on seven occasions. It seems that Darron Watt is approaching this record after again finishing runner-up on 78, but one suspects that Darron has a win or three still in his bag. Alan Grieve finished the trio in the 70s with a 79, with Lachie Wilson on 82 and Rob Downie on 85 rounding out the top five.

The quiet time before dinner is for rehydration, post mortems, and war stories (click to enlarge).

In the handicap competition, the scratch leaders also figured prominently. After nine holes, Alan Grieve led from Richard Manning and Stephen Fletcher, with Carnarvon's John Honeybrook sneaking into fourth spot. Then followed by Phil Baird, Lachie Wilson, Darron Watt and Rob Downie. Not out of calculation - being only six shots behind the leader - were 2011 winner Barry Meares, and Tony Pickrell - back to back winner in 2007 and 2008.

Ultimately, his strong play that kept him in contention for the scratch title meant that the handicap title went to Lachie Wilson, whose net 70 was five ahead of Phil Baird, Darron Watt and Alan Grieve, and six clear of Chris Webster and Tony Pickrell.

2016 Australian Hickory Shaft Champion -
Mr Phillip Baird

2016 Australian Hickory Shaft Championship Handicap Winner -
Mr Lachlan Wilson (left)

For the statistically minded, a few points to ponder:

He's a good bloke, and a fine golfer.

The sincere thanks of the Society are extended to all those that participated in the event, and to those that played a part in its organisation. To those that were playing in the Championship for the first time, we hope to see you next year, and at events between now and then. Thanks are also well and truly due to the Carnarvon Golf Club, its pro-shop, bar and restaurant staff. As usual, the service from all was outstanding.

2016 Craigieburn Cup

Anyone who was not at Bowral on Sunday 11th September 2016 missed one of those delightful early spring days that the Southern Highlands conjures up from time to time - warm enough to play in shirtsleeves, no wind to speak of, and crystal clear under a bright September sun.

The course at Craigieburn was opened on Wednesday 2nd April 1919 (read a report on the official opening from the Robertson Advocate of 8th April 1919), and the layout has changed little since. Although the greens had been very recently renovated, this in no way detracted from the course.

The bottom of the Craigieburn course.
The bottom of the Craigieburn course (click for large image).

A field of eleven - including Queensland tourists Alan Grieve and Chris Webster and Canberran first-timer Richard Manning - eventually hit off under the watchful eyes of the winner of the 1957 and 1961 Australian Open Frank Phillips and long-time friend of the Society - retired professional Edgar Oakman. Both are residents of the Southern Highlands, and their presence adds a certain gravitas to the event.

Tom Moore and Frank Phillips
Frank Phillips and Tom Moore, the winners of the 1963 NSW PGA Foursomes
Championship at Killara back together at Craigieburn.

The standards of the golf varied, but there can be no doubt about the winner. Brisbane Golf Club's Alan Grieve carded a one-over-par score of 64 to take the scratch prize - and the Craigieburn Cup - from Federal Golf Club's Richard Manning. Richard - playing his first eighteen holes with hickories - recorded a fine 70, and his net score of 63 was good enough to take out the handicap section. Both were fulsome in their praise of the course and the event, and are worthy champions.

Scratch Winner Alan Grieve
Net Winner Richard Manning
Scratch Winner Alan Grieve (left) and Net Winner Richard Manning (right)

Full score rundown:

 Tony Doggett 14 82 68
 Ross Howard 20 87 67
 Tony Pickrell 16 86 70
 Tom Moore 16 87 71
 Alan Grieve 4 64 60
 Raymond Flynn 22 88 66
 Chris Webster 13 82 69
 Rob Downie 9 72 65
 Richard Manning 7 70 63
 Steve Doorey 17 87 70
 Arthur Penton 23 101 78

The second hole at Craigieburn
Craigieburn Panorama
Shots from the higher parts of the course clearly show the park-like nature of the Craigieburn layout (click for large image).

2016 Bobby Locke Trophy Qualifying

Twelve starters plus the Trophy’s donor faced the revised layout on a day that threatened to rain on our parade. Apart from a couple of holes with a sprinkle around the half way point, we all survived albeit feeling a bit cold from the chilly westerly breeze.

Welcome to  new / first time players Bill Hayes and Geoff Fish who enjoyed the experience and indicated their intentions to return again to do battle with the hickories.

Playing off the yellows and scratch, the course proved a good test for the hickories with first nine leader Paul Gladwin having 45 on the outward journey and then local member Tony Pickrell proving the advantage of home course and “bolting” home with 36, including an eagle on # 11, par 4, holing out with his 2nd shot, a mashie.

Certain players on the day had already indicated their intention of not contesting the match rounds, pity because Team Pickrell, with Tony & Julian shot 86 and 88 respectively.

However when all cards were reviewed and tallied, the number one qualifier was Dennis Sundin with 89, closely followed by Warwick Stanwell and Paul Gladwin both shooting 90s, then the close packed remaining group of qualifiers with scores of 92 to 97.

Interesting to note, apart from Tony’s eagle, there were 5 birdies and 42 pars across the field. That represents 21% of the holes were played in either par or better.

Round One
Dennis Sundin (1) v David Brydson (8)

Des Froneman (4) v Geoff Martin (5)
Paul Gladwin (3) v Tom Moore (6)
Warwick Stanwell (2) v Barry Meares (7)

Our thanks to Tony for suggesting the venue and to the North Ryde Captain and Club Professional Marty for their support of the event.

To those left in the event, good luck in the next two rounds, to be played off scratch. Please contact your opponent to arrange the venue and date.

The North Ryde Vets who had playing in front of our group, were also intrigued with the clothing and the clubs, particularly those brought into the Clubhouse after the event.

Ross Howard

2016 J. J. Paine Results

On the first Monday in May players of hickory golf, and those with an interest in history, make a bee-line for the Windsor Country Golf Club for the J. J. Paine Trophy event. Played over the second nine holes at Windsor as an individual Stableford event with both scratch and handicap prizes on offer, the event is popular with members and visitors alike. A dainty tea is served prior to the first tee-time of the day, and the game is followed by a luncheon, and a brief history talk that is guaranteed to engage the participants.

The J. J. Paine event celebrates the playing of the first golf in the Windsor area at Gosper's Paddock in 1905. While it has not been definitively proven, current research suggests that the practice fairway at the adjacent Rum Corps Barracks Golf Course is built on or about Gosper's Paddock.

Sixteen players greeted the starter on the 10th tee, and set off down the hill to do battle with Windsor's back nine. Scores were down on previous years, and this is a little difficult to explain given the condition of the course. After 2015's somewhat soggy conditions, the course this year was an absolute picture, and the course well set-up for hickory golf.

J. J. Paine Winners
J. J. Paine Winners (l-r) - Graham Evans, Sandy Kinnish & Don Graves

When the scores had been passed by the scrutineers and tabulated, the scratch winner - and the J. J. Paine victor - was Don Graves with seven points. The handicap section was taken out by Graham Evans with a score of sixteen points. The ladies winner was Sandy Kinnish. Full run-down of the scores is below.

 Don Graves 16 7 14
 Graham Evans 26 6 16
 Rod Hartas 12 6 11
 Sandy Kinnish 19 5 13
 Steve Doorey 18 5 12
 Ross Selig 18 4 13
 Richard Doyle 15 4 9
 John Marsden 28 3 11
 John Hope 17 3 6
 Barry Leithhead 22 2 9
 Trevor Bartley 24 2 7
 Neville Dehn 26 1 9
 Bev Marsden 28 1 9
 Neil Kinnish 27 1 7
 Arthur Penton 24 1 11

Following the luncheon and presentation, Barry Leithhead gave a short talk on Carnegie Clark and his family's place in the history and development of golf in Australia. A number of Carnegie Clark clubs - spanning the first 50 years of the 20th century were also laid out for the examination and appreciation by those in attendance. There were lively discussions had over these wonderful artefacts, and more than a few questions were asked of those who had some knowledge of the clubs.

Click on any of the photos to enlarge.

Like previous J. J. Paine events, this year's was an unqualified success. Thanks are extended to Rod Hartas, Trevor Bartley, Barry Leithhead, the hard-working staff at Windsor Country Golf Club, and Chris Dehn for acting as unofficial, unpaid, backup photographer.

AGHS and Riverstone & District Historical Society member Rosemary Phillis was on hand for her first look (and try) at hickory golf. Rosemary also selectively photographed and videoed the event, and - in a first for our website - we offer action packed highlights of the day. Thanks Rosemary!

J. J. Paine Video Highlights (0:02:56 - 85.97mb)

2016 Kiama Hickory Challenge Results

The fifth annual Kiama Hickory Challenge was played on Sunday 3rd April. It looked as if there might be a bit of inclement weather in the offing, but - apart from a very short sprinkle that didn't even require umbrellas to be unfurled - the day turned out to be excellent for golf. Not too hot, not at all cold, and with no wind to speak of. Typical Kiama day according to the locals.

Ten Illawarra players were joined by five from the Sydney metropolitan area for eighteen holes of individual Stableford play. The Sydney players are dyed-in-the-wool wood shaft tragics, while the south coast contingent included a number of hickory tyros. At the end of the day, it was the locals that carried the day.

According to informed sources at the late afternoon lunch table, Andrew Wilson has been spotted on the odd occasion showing his hickories around the Kiama layout. It paid off in spades when Andrew finished the round with a very creditable 31 points - six points clear of hickory first-timer Gerry McLean. The Ladies prize was also claimed by a hickory first timer - Liz Montgomery.

As is usual at Kiama, the organisation and welcome extended to visitors was exemplary. The course was well-presented as always, and thanks are deserved by all those involved. Any member who is contemplating organising a hickory event at their club would be well-advised to seek the counsel of Mr Andrew Wilson. Thanks Andrew - see you next year.

Full Scores

 Andrew Wilson  31 points
 Gerard McLean  25 points
 Jim Glenday  25 points
 Ron Hall  24 points
 Brain Keane  24 points
 Robert Jaeger  24 points
 James Hoskins  23 points
 Liz Montgomery  22 points
 Tony Doggett  21 points
 Steve Doorey  20 points
 Rob Downie  19 points  
 Brian Creen  19 points
 Janelle Hoskins  15 points
 Tom Moore  15 points
 Trish Wilson  14 points

 Nearest The Pin (6th)  James Hoskins
 Drive & Pitch (10th)  James Glenday

 Ladies Winner
 Liz Montgomery
 Ladies Novice Winner
 Liz Montgomery
 Mens Novice Winner
 Gerry McLean
 Best Dressed Lady
 Janelle Hoskins
 Best Dressed Gentleman
 Curly Keane

Winner Andrew Wilson accepts the Al Howard Putter and congratulations
from AGHS stalwart Tom Moore.

2016 Dan Cullen Trophy Results

The weather gods smiled on our group of 25 players - one of our biggest ever Dan Cullen fields - after it looked earlier in the day as if wet weather gear may have been required.

Our playing group consisted of the usual hard-core hickory group, including a number of past winners who fancied their chances on the day, plus some new faces - Tristan, Jim, Mick, Tim and Stephen - and we trust you enjoyed the experience enough to return and do battle with the hickories in the future.

Teeing off in groups of six, the event was conducted over Long Reef's first 11 holes in a 2 ball Ambrose format, with a par of 43. The gross scores covered a range from par to 10 over. The individual handicaps covered a range from scratch to 26, with the team handicap determined by dividing the joint gross handicaps by 4, except for the group of 3 where the joint gross was divided by 6.

Eleven of the twelve groups recorded a net score less than par, with 8 groups having net scores of less than 40. Of interest were the birdies
recorded - 2 at the 6th, 1 at the 7th, 3 at the 8th, and one each at the 9th & 10th.

Remarkably, Tony and Martin Pickrell consecutively birdied the par 4 6th and par 3 7th, while the pairs of Ian Hamilton/Steve Doorey, Tristan
Perrett/Michael Sheret and Jim Goth/Bill Colhoun - playing in the same group of six - birdied the 8th, 9th and 10th respectively.

After all the scores were tallied, the Pickrells were in third place with a net of 37¾, and the silver medalists were the three player team of Tom
Moore, Geoff Martin and Warwick Stanwell with 37½.

The winners were Michael Sheret and Tristan Perrett - handicapped at 25 & scratch respectively - with a gross of 43, and a net of 36¾. Some thirteen years after sharing a win in the event with his father, Dan Cullen Jnr was on hand - after playing in the event - to present the winners with the Dan Cullen Trophy.

                    2016 Dan Cullen Winners
                                                         2016 Dan Cullen Trophy Winners Tristan Perrett & Michael Sheret, with Dan Cullen Jnr.
Finally, a vote of sincere thanks to the Captain of Long Reef, Les Browne, for arranging the event, to Danny in the Pro shop, also the staff in the
clubhouse and the course staff for presenting the course in such great condition. The rain over the previous days had assisted our old clubs
taking a bite in some of the greens.

Ross Howard - Captain

Full Scores

 Tristan Perrett
 Michael Sheret
 43  6¼  36¾
 Tom Moore
 Geoff Martin
 Warwick Stanwell
43 37½
 Tony Pickrell
 Martin Pickrell
45 37¾
 Ian Hamilton
 Steve Doorey
47 38¼
 David Brydson
 Steve Nyul
46 38½
 Dennis Sundin
 Neville Rider
48 9 39
 Ross Howard
 Les Browne
46 39½
 Jim Goth
 Bill Colhoun
47 39¾
 Dan Cullen
 Mick Brooker
44 4 40
 Paul Gladwin
 Barry Meares
46 40½
 Bruno Pase
 Tim KIng
50 42¾
 Eddie Emerson
 Stephen Hannan
53 7 46

2015 Bobby Lock Trophy Results

While we are reasonably certain what went on in the bottom half of the draw, it seems that what went on in the top half of the draw is to be filed under 'secret men's business'. Nonetheless, we have a reasonably reliable account of what occurred at the end of the competition . . .

Under a clear blue sky, on a hot March morning, two veterans set out at the Auburn City Links to contest the final of "The Bobby Locke Trophy." "Curly" Keane from the Shire was playing last years winner Tom Moore from the West. Play began with a half on the 1st hole. Tom managed to win the 2nd, but this was quickly wiped out when Curly won the 3rd. Tom won the 4th, but again Curly squared by winning the 5th. The 6th was halved in pars, then Curly forged ahead with a good win on the 7th. Tom then summoned up the courage to win both the 8th and 9th to go to the turn 1 up.

Curly played a beautifully controlled shot onto the 10th green, to take the hole and square the match once again. Tom the managed to win the 11th to again go 1 up. The 12th and 13th were squared, but Tom worked his way to win both the 14th and 15th, leaving him dormie 3.

Solid pars by both players on  the 16th, saw Tom run out the winner by 3 up and 2.

Brian Keane should be both congratulated and admired based on his performance in this year's Bobby Locke Trophy. Brian made it to the semi-final stage last year when he was not a well man, and went one better this year when his health was even less conducive to good golf.

Brian, our thoughts are with you, and if you can go one better in the 2016 Bobby Locke, there won't be one person that begrudges you the fruits of your efforts.

Round One Round Two Final
Tom Moore (1)
Arthur Penton (8)
Tom Moore (1)
Tom Moore (1) 3 & 2
Curly Keane (4)

David Brydson (2)
Ross Howard (7)
Des Froneman (3) 4 & 3
Dennis Sundin (6)
Des Froneman (3)
Curly Keane (4) 3 & 1
Curly Keane (4) 3 & 2
Andrew Wilson (5)

2015 Bobby Locke Trophy Results

Word has filtered through that the first of the 2015 Bobby Locke trophy semi-finals has been played. According to an 'informed source', Brian 'Curly' Keane has prevailed over Des Froneman 3 & 1 at Curly's home course, Woolooware. In the absence of any hole by hole description of play  accompanied by high resolution graphics, all we can offer is the progress and draw thus far . . .

Round One Round Two Final
Tom Moore (1)
Arthur Penton (8)
Tom Moore (1)
Curly Keane (4)

David Brydson (2)
Ross Howard (7)
Des Froneman (3) 4 & 3
Dennis Sundin (6)
Des Froneman (3)
Curly Keane (4) 3 & 1
Curly Keane (4) 3 & 2
Andrew Wilson (5)

2015 Bobby Locke Trophy Results

The third of the Round One matches has been played, and - judging by the photographs that accompanied the results - on a picture perfect day on a rather attractive seaside links course. Over to our man on the spot, Andrew Wilson . . .

"Our Round One Bobby Locke match was played yesterday, 11 January at Wollongong Golf Club. It was won 3 & 2 by Brian 'Curly' Keane, who played very steady golf after a slightly wobbly start. Too good for me anyway. I have attached a few photos of the "action" The course was a picture, as you can see. A genuine links. Bit too hot for the plus 4s though."

The Victor
The Victor - Brian 'Curly' Keane (click to enlarge)
The Vanquished
The Vanquished - Andrew Wilson (Click to enlarge)

With a single Round One match to be played, the results - and draw for Round Two - now looks like this:

Round One Round Two Final
Tom Moore (1)
Arthur Penton (8)
Tom Moore (1)

David Brydson (2)
Ross Howard (7)
Des Froneman (3) 4 & 3
Dennis Sundin (6)
Des Froneman (3)
Curly Keane (4)
Curly Keane (4)
Andrew Wilson (5)

2015 Bobby Locke Trophy Results

It has been reported that the second of the Bobby Locke Trophy Round One ties has been played, and Tom Moore has prevailed over Arthur Penton at Muirfield Golf Club. Congratulations to Tom, and commiserations to Arthur.

Round One Round Two Final
Tom Moore (1)
Arthur Penton (8)
Tom Moore (1)

David Brydson (2)
Ross Howard (7)
Des Froneman (3) 4 & 3
Dennis Sundin (6)
Des Froneman (3)
Curly Keane (4)
Andrew Wilson (5)

2015 Queensland Hickory Shaft Championship

On Friday 23 October 2015 eighteen Australian Golf Heritage Society members and guests assembled on the links at Royal Queensland Golf Club to contest the inaugural Queensland Hickory Shaft Championship.

AGHS (Queensland Chapter) was pleased to welcome interstate AGHS members Rob Downie and Michael Sheret who made special efforts to attend. We were also delighted to welcome non-AGHS members Joe Janison (Brisbane Golf Club), Chris Webster, Chris Dower and Geoff Fairweather (all from Wynnum Golf Club), who helped make up a healthy field for the first running of the event.

The Championship

The Championship, an eighteen hole stroke-play event, was won by Alan Grieve with a score of 79 strokes. Considering the windy conditions, difficult bunkers, and speedy greens and surrounds, this was a wondrous round of golf. Being a previous winner of the U.S. Hickory Open Championship and double winner of the Australian Hickory Shaft Championship, it was a rock-solid performance by the firm favourite. In second place, with an equally impressive round of 83 strokes, was former Royal Queensland Golf Club Captain Ralph Heading. In third place, with a fine round of 85 strokes, was PGA member and Director of Golf at Brisbane Golf Club Joe Janison.

Alan Grieve - 2015 Queensland Champion                                   Ralph Heading - 2015 Queenland Runner-Up
Left - 2015 Queensland Hickory Championship Winner Alan Grieve & Right - 2015 Queensland Hickory Championship Runner-Up Ralph Heading

The Captain’s Trophy

The Captain’s Trophy, an eighteen hole handicap stroke-play event held in conjunction with the Championship, was also won by Alan Grieve with a nett score of 71 (off a handicap of 8). Alan was five strokes clear of his nearest rival, Ross Haslam, who had a nett score of 76 (off a handicap of 11). Third place was shared by Ross Bishop (off a handicap of 10) and Chris Webster (off a handicap of 13) with nett scores of 80.

Nearest The Pins

Ensuring an almost clean-sweep for the day, the winner of the nearest-the-pin prize on the 4th hole was Alan Grieve. The nearest-the-pin winner on the difficult 11th hole was ever-reliable Ross Haslam.

Presentations and Dinner

A very enjoyable day was had by all and we were extremely pleased to be joined at dinner by the Chapter’s Patron, Charlie Earp. After presentations, Michael Sheret gave a brief description of the historical displays installed for the day around the clubhouse and the ‘special’ putters he had supplied for the enjoyment of all.

Drinks, a nourishing dinner and stories of the day’s events were then shared. They were preceded by a secular grace recited in perfect Scots brogue by Dr Sheret—it went as follows:

Gowfers Grace

Some hae meat and cannae eat
And some wad eat that want it
But we've been on the links taeday
An' aw oor troubles blown away
An' here we sit
We hae oor drink
An' afore ye think
O' aw the putts that didnae sink
Think o' the wan that sankit
An be gled ye didnae shank it
Noo we hae meat
An we cin eat
So yays yir paws
An open yir jaws
An let yir gods be thankit

... with apologies to Robert Burns