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2016 Charles Blair Macdonald Challenge and The Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship
Niagara-on-the-Lake, September 9 – 11, 2016

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The Fourteenth Annual Charles Blair Macdonald Challenge was played at the historic Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course on September 9, 10 and 11.

The course is the oldest in North America on its original site. It has been ranked in the top ten short courses in the world (excluding the United States) by Golf Magazine.

The tournament format has been altered over the years, and the event is now "three tournaments in one".

Canadian Gutty Championship

Thirty-eight gutty enthusiasts teed off on the Friday and Saturday mornings, to determine the Canadian Gutty Champion.

Tom Johnson's 72 in the first round and Bill Geisler's 73 in the second round were the highlights of the event.

Johnson followed up with a 75 on Saturday, to take the Canadian Gutty Championship title with a score of 147. Geisler followed with a score of 149 to take the runner up trophy.

Honourable mention goes to Steve Simer (77 - 76) and Bill Truppe (78 -81).

Charles Blair Macdonald Challenge

The Charles Blair Macdonald Challenge is a team event reenacting the first international golf match in North America. The field was divided into four teams - Team USA, Team Eastern Ontario, Team Western Ontario and The International Team.

Fifty-four avid golfers - 10 women, 10 super seniors, 15 seniors and 19 open division players - played 18 holes with pre-1900 equipment - gutty balls, smooth face irons and long nose woods, and 18 holes of post-1900 golf. Each contestant played a match against the others in his / her foursome to determine the team champions.

After Saturday's round, Team USA led with 25 points. Team Western Ontario was in second place with 20.5 points, followed by the International Team with 19 points and Team Eastern Ontario with 13.5 points.

Sunday's weather was much more pleasant - temperatures in the upper 60's and a gentle breeze off Lake Ontario made for ideal playing conditions. Play was with post-1900 hickory equipment - mesh ball, socket woods and irons with markings on the face.

Team Western Ontario came on strong, and won 22.5 points. Team USA won 17 points. The International Team scored 14.5 points and Team Eastern Ontario won 11 points.

Final scoring in the matches had Team Western Ontario on top at 43.0 points. Team USA followed close behind with 42.0 points, the International Team scored 33.5 points and Team Eastern Ontario scored 24.5 points.

Congratulations to Team Western Ontario - you defended the title that you won in 2015!

Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship

The Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship is a 54 hole medal play event using pre and post 1900 hickory golf equipment.

Our winners were...

Super Senior Champion - Wayne Linton (271)
Super Senior Runnerup - William Stewart (273)

Senior Champion - Bill Wardwell (232)
Senior Runnerup - Robert McWade (238)

Open Champion - Tom Johnson (225)
Open Runnerup - Steve Simer (229)

We also have a 36 hole division.

Our winners in the 36 hole division were...

Ladies Champion - Amanda Sly (187)
Ladies Runnerup - Virginia Sunstrum (189)

Super Senior Champion - Frank Collis (190)
Super Senior Runnerup - Norm Moreau (209)

Senior Champion - David Nash (179)

Open Champion - John Bennett (175)
Open Runnerup - Doug Ross (178)

Jim McNeil Trophy

The golfer scoring best over the course of 54 holes wins the Jim McNeil Trophy. McNeil was a very good hickory golfer who left us way too young. This trophy is a memorial to Jim.

Tom Johnson became a three time recipient of this award with his score of 225. Well done, Tommy!

Congratulations to all our winners!

Note: I hold places for 2016 participants in the 2017 event until March 15, 2015. After that date, I fill the field with players from the waiting list. This is a limited field event. Get your entries in early to avoid disappointment. Hope you can join us.


The 2017 C.B. Macdonald Challenge and Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship will be played September 8–10, 2017.

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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Getting Ready
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The Piper
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The Piper again
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1st out - Asher Fried, Gunnar Eriksson & George Julie
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2nd out - David Burgess, Vern P, Bill Stewart & Wayne Litton
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3rd out - Frank Rosenzweig, Peter Van Beurden, John Duffy & Bill Geisler
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4th out - Ed Jackson, Vaughn Perusse & Adrian Buis
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5th out - Jeff Pineo, Doug Bowslaugh, Mike Campailla & Scott Burk
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6th out - David Ellis, Bob West, Tom Miller & Bill Truppe
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7th out - Nick Waterfield, Paul Ready, Pat Potter & Nigel Gilby
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8th out - Gord Thomas, Bill Southall, Ron Dunn & J. W. McMath
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9th out - Bill Wardwell, Deal Hudson, Bruce Del Guidice & Steve Simer
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10th out - Tom Johnson, Bob Sly & Bob McWade
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All of the players
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The ladies
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Eastern Ontario
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Western Ontario
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The USA
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International
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Canadian Gutty Champion Tom Johnson & runner up Bill Geisler
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Eastern Canadian Hickory Champion and runner up
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Eastern Open Champion Tom Johnson & runner up Steve Simer
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Ladies Champion Amanda Sly & runner up Virginia Sunstrum
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Super Senior winner Frank Collis & runner up Norm Moreau, 36 hole
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Super Senior winner Wayne Linton & runner up William Stewart, 54 hole
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Two Champions - Wayne Linton & Tom Johnson
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Some of participants at dinner