Chedoke Civic Golf Club, August 14, 2016
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Members of the GHSC teamed up with a PGA of Ontario professional and played a nine hole scramble using a traditional set of hickory clubs. PGA of Ontario Professional (and GHSC member) Ian Clarke and his team, including 3-time North American Hickory Champion Bob Sly, fired an impressive 5-under to take top spot. After the awards ceremony Clarke said:
I think it's important as an industry to gain some perspective and understand where we have come from. An event like this is perfect for Professionals to appreciate the history. It's a lot more fun than you would think playing with the old clubs and as this event grows we can bring a little bit of the history back to the game.
Remarks on this event from principal organizer, Dave Blocksidge:
A big thank you goes out to all the GHSC members and PGA Ontario Professionals who took part in this event on the weekend as well as the "behind the scenes" staff of both groups.
The Chedoke Civic Golf Course in Hamilton, originally the Hamilton Golf Club, was certainly an appropriate venue for this inaugural event as it is celebrating its 122nd anniversary, making it one of the oldest courses in North America.
It is easy to see that this was a successful initial partnership event for both societies – one just had to look around at the smiling faces and animated discussions afterwards.
The PGA of Ontario members got a taste of what I like to call "The Hickory Challenge" as well as the sense of the camaraderie that comes with it. Even these talented professionals conceded that there was a great deal more skill required to play the game well with century old equipment.
The GHSC members were able to see first hand the subtle refinements to the golf swing, the focus and concentration and general approach to the game that separate the amateur weekend golfer from the PGA level player.
In short, it's safe to say both groups learned from this new partnership and seem eager to take the next joint step forward.
From my viewpoint it was pleasing to see that some of the professionals found " favourite" hickories that they wanted to put into their own bags after the event and that many of our group of "hickory hackers" took home meaningful tips that will improve their game in the future.
Results: Top Three Positions
Coming in at -5 (nicely done over just 9 holes) PGA pro (and GHSC board member) Ian Clarke with Bob West, Dave Greenland & Bob Sly
Followed at -2 PGA pro Chris Fradelos with Ken Leedham, Russell Dick and Gerald Achtymichuk
Also with -2 PGA pro Colin Murray with Alan Lew, Dave Blocksidge and Tony Matlock
Congratulations to all participants and thank you for making this a successful event.
See you next year.
Growth Strategies Committee
Thanks to Stan Lapidus (sepia action shots) and Frank Collis (all others) for their fine pictures of this event (see below).
9th group - Jeff Rogers, Phil Kostandoff