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2015 Charles Blair Macdonald Challenge and The Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship
Niagara-on-the-Lake, September 11 – 13, 2015

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The thirteenth annual Charles Blair Macdonald Challenge and the Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship were played at the historic Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course, September 11-13 2015.


The Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship is a 54 hole, three day event played annually at he Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course. A two day, 36 hole division was also available.

Entrants came from all parts of Ontario as well as seven American states – Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Kentucky, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

Forty-eight hickory enthusiasts played 36 holes of pre-1900 hickory golf and 18 holes of post-1900 golf.

The weather was wet and cold, and windy, but that did not reduce the enthusiasm of the golfers.

2 Day Results:

The Ladies' division champion was Virginia Sunstrum (Niagara Falls, Ontario). Gail Julie (Fenwick, Ontario) was the runner up.

In the Super Senior division, Frank Rosenzweig (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) scored 182 to win the flight. Frank Collis (Hamilton, Ontario) followed with a 198 for second place.

Michael Campailla (Mogadore, Ohio) won the Senior division with a 168 total, followed by Al Clark (Stoney Creek) in second place.

Harold Macdonald (Kingston, Ontario) was the Open division champion.

3 Day Results:

Wayne Linton (Guelph, Ontario) won the Super Senior title with a fine 268 total. Bill Stewart (Hamilton, Ontario) was the runner up with a 294 total.

The Senior division was won by Bob McWade (Port Elgin, Ontario) with a 230 total. McWade birdied the last five holes (yes, FIVE BIRDIES in a row for a back nine score of 32) to win the senior title. Bruce Del Guidice (Toronto, Ontario) followed with a 231 total.

The Open division champion was Tom Johnson (Tallmadge, Ohio) with a 231 total. Runner up was Jim Wilhelm (Paris, Ontario) with a 234 total.

McWade was declared the overall tournament winner. His 230 total earned him the coveted Jim McNeil trophy.


The 2015 Canadian Gutty Championship was played Friday September 11 and Saturday, September 12 at Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course, the oldest golf course in North America on its original site.

Thirty-two avid hickory golfers played 36 holes of pre-1900 golf with smooth face irons and long nose woods.

The weather was less than ideal, but that did not decrease the enthusiasm of the golfers.

In the Super Senior division, Wayne Linton (Guelph, Ontario) won with a score of 186. Runner up was Adrian Buis (St. Catharines, Ontario) with a score of 193.

Bob McWade (Port Elgin, Ontario) won the Senior division with a score of 157, followed by Bruce Del Guidice (Toronto, Ontario) with a score of 158.

Tom Johnson won the Open division with a score of 151. Jim Wilhelm was runner up with a 153 total.


The C. B. Macdonald Challenge was played Saturday and Sunday (September 12 – 13) at the historic Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course in Ontario, Canada.

Despite the rainy weather, both rounds were completed with enthusiasm and grit.

Four teams (Team USA, Team Eastern Ontario, Team Western Ontario and Team International) played 36 holes of match play golf, one day with pre-1900 clubs and one day with post-1900 equipment. Each player played a match against his / her fellow playing partners. One point was awarded for each match won.

After the first day, Team Western Ontario lead with 26.5 points, The International Team had 22 points, the defending champions, Team USA, had 15.5 points and Team Eastern Ontario had 7 points.

Day two was cold and windy, but the rain held off for most of the day. Team USA made a valiant effort to defend their title, but Team Western Ontario held on to win the C. B. Macdonald Challenge with 45.5 points. In second place was the International team with 40.5 points, followed by Team USA at 37 points and Team Eastern Ontario with 19 points.

The victors received gold medals for their win.


The 2016 C.B. Macdonald Challenge and Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship will be played September 9–11, 2016.

Click here for details and entry forms.

For more information, contact Paul Dietz at clubdoc1@gmail.com.

Many thanks to Frank Collis for his fine pictures of this year's event (see below).
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2015 C.B. Macdonald Players
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The American Team
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The International Team
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The Eastern Ontario Team
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The Western Ontario Team
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Team Western Ontario won the Charles Blair Macdonald Challenge
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Wayne Linton, Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship Super Senior winner
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2015 ECHC and Canadian Gutty Super Senior Champion Wayne Linton
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Bill Stewart proves once again that he is one of the better Super Senior players
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Bob McWade accepts the Jim McNeil Trophy, signifying his victory as 2015 Eastern Canadian Hickory Champion.
Bob made five consecutive birdies on the back nine for a score of 32 to secure this trophy.
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Bob McWade, Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship Senior Division winner, with Paul Dietz
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2015 ECHC and Canadian Gutty Senior Champion Bob McWade
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Bruce Del Guidace, Runner Up, Senior Division Canadian Gutty Championship
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Bruce Del Guidice, Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship Senior Division runner up, with Paul Dietz
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2015 ECHC and Canadian Gutty Open Champion Tom Johnson
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Tom Johnson, a regular at this event, accepts yet another award for his fine play from convenor Paul Dietz
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Jim Wilhelm, Runner Up Open Division Canadian Gutty Championship, with Paul Dietz
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Jim Wilhelm, Runner Up Open Division Canadian Gutty Championship
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2015 ECHC Lady Champion Virginia Sunstrum
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First time player Gail Julie accepts her Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship runner up award from convenor Paul Dietz
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2015 ECHC 2 Day Super Senior Champion Frank Rosenzweig
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Frank Collis - runner up Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship Super Senior division
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2015 ECHC 2 Day Senior Champion Michael Campailla
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Al Clark was pleasantly surprised to win the runner up award in the Senior Division of The Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship
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2015 ECHC 2 Day Open Division Champion Harold Macdonald
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Patrick Potter marches toward the clubhouse
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Patrick Potter starts the day off with music
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Patrick Potter taps his foot to keep time with the music
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Adrian Buis, Wayne Linton, Bill Stewart, Frank Rosenzweig
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Chris DalCin, Vaughn Perusse, John Duffy, Scott Burk
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Jeff Pineo, Bruce Del Guidice, David Ellis, Vern P
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Jim Clawson, Gord Thomas, Bob West, David Burgess
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Ron Taylor, Greg Smith, Patrick Potter, Nigel Gilby
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Tanner Stewart, Nick Waterfield, Tom Irving, Bob McWade
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Tom Johnson, Brian Schuman, Bob Sly, Jim Wilhelm
These gents are all former winners of the Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship
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Tom Miller, JW McMath, Doug Ross, Bill Truppe
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Sunday's luncheon in the clubhouse
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David Burgess at the dessert table