Following the success of the World Hickory Open’s relocation to Carnoustie Country in 2012, the championship’s organisers have confirmed that the 2013 World Hickory Open will also take place in this top golfing destination - but right here in Montrose.
World Hickory Open chairman Lionel Freedman said: “The 2012 event, which was played across Monifieth Medal and Carnoustie Burnside, was superb.
“Over 90 amateur and professional golfers from across the globe thoroughly enjoyed playing hickory golf on these first class links courses, the choice of accommodation was very good and the support we received from the Carnoustie Country team was second to none.
Returning to Carnoustie Country for the 2013 World Hickory Open was a very easy decision to make.”
Lionel explained that the 2013 World Hickory Open will begin with an optional warm-up stableford competition at Monifieth Ashludie on September 30, followed by two rounds played across Montrose Medal on October 1 and 2.
“The 2013 event promises to be a resounding success,” said Lionel, who added that the tournament’s entry cost of £200 includes a malt whisky tasting and a gala dinner.
“Montrose Medal, which is a British Open Qualifier, is the fifth oldest golf course in the world, with many of the world’s golfing greats having played there.
“Playing magnificent, historic links courses like this definitely attracts hickory golfers and the opportunity to play hickory golf on a course where golf has been played for over 450 years should encourage even higher numbers of hickory golfers to enter this tournament than in previous years.
“As well as high numbers of British golfers, we’re expecting large contingents of Swiss and Swedish hickory golfers. The team from South Africa enjoyed last year’s tournament so much, they’ll almost certainly return and, as the reaction from the American hickory golfers last year was fantastic, we fully expect them to come back with lots of their golfing friends!”
Rick Woeckener was one of several American golfers who participated in last year’s championship.
He said: “We had a great time at the 2012 World Hickory Open. It was most definitely the classiest hickory tournament I’ve played in – and now that I’ve been introduced to true links golf, I’ll make a better showing next time!”
The 2012 World Hickory Open was won by Rick Valentine, director of golf at Loretto School. He said: “I’m really looking forward to this year’s championship.
“I hope both myself and Loretto School, winners of the team championship, can put up a good defence of our titles.
“In addition, as the grandson of Jessie Valentine, one of Britain’s top lady golfers between the 1930s and 1950s, competing in Carnoustie Country, where my grandmother won several of her titles, and using hickory clubs similar to those she played with, always adds an extra dimension to my game.”
To find out more about the World Hickory Open 2013, or to download an entry form, visit www.worldhickoryopen.com.
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