World Hickory Golf preview

20130718- World Hickory @ Montrose. 'Images of 2012 World Hickory Open champion Rick Valentine and Catriona Matthew 3 hole challenge at Montrose Medal Course. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography. 'No use without payment.

20130718- World Hickory @ Montrose. 'Images of 2012 World Hickory Open champion Rick Valentine and Catriona Matthew 3 hole challenge at Montrose Medal Course. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography. 'No use without payment.

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The World Hickory Golf Championship will be played at Montrose on October 1 and 2. There was a taster event at the Links on Thursday.

The current World Hickory Champion, Rick Valentine, played three demonstation holes with World Number 12 Lady, Scotland’s Catriona Matthew, who is also Carnoustie Country Ambassador.

Catriona admitted that she had had no experience of hickory-shafted clubs, but was looking forward to using replicas of those which were in exclusive use 100-odd years ago.

In keeping with the spirit of the World Hickory Open, she wore a golfing outfit similar to those worn by lady golfers in the early 20th century.

Rick Valentine, Director of Golf at Loretto School, Musselburgh, won last year’s competition, over Monifieth Medal and Carnoustie Burnside. He said: “Playing hickory golf anywhere is special but it’s fantastic to have the opportunity once again to compete in Carnoustie Country, home of so many of Scotland’s greatest and oldest golf courses.”

Rick’s, grandmother, Jessie Valentine, was one of Britain’s top lady golfers between the 1930s and 1960s.

The World Hickory Open 2013 is a two-day event played across 36 holes of Montrose Medal. This is the ninth year of this tournament.

Organiser Lionel Freedman, co-founder and Director of the World Hickory Open said: “We’re making the most of being in the cradle of golf, with an almost unbelievable 30 golf courses within a 40-minute drive of Carnoustie Championship.

“We’ve already had entries from as far afield as America, Australia and South Africa.”

Entry to the 2013 World Hickory Open costs £250 per golfer. This includes a warm-up round on Monifieth Medal, two rounds on Montrose Medal during the tournament, the possibility of a place in the Ryder Cup style competition that will be played at Arbroath on October 3, hire of hickory-shafted clubs and the gala prize-giving dinner.

To learn more about the World Hickory Open, or to download an entry form, visit www.worldhickoryopen.com