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Ontario Hickory Tour 3rd Event – Merry Hill August 21, 2014

2014 Ontario Hickory Tour Attracts new Participants

The third and final event in the Ontario Hickory Tour series was played on Thursday, August 21 at Merry Hill GC.

The weather was perfect for a day on the links. The course is a par 63 executive length golf course, playing at 4,111 yards for the BOBBY JONES DIVISION, and at 3,290 yards for the pre-1900 OLD TOM MORRIS DIVISION. GHSC member Tony Matlock designed the course.

Twenty-four players signed up for the day – making our average number of participants in OHT events ten more than last year!

Two styles of hickory golf were played – pre-1900 and post-1900 formats.

Each participant played a match against every other participant in his / her division. Yes, we did have female participants this year.

A skins game was also played. Birdies were rewarded with bonus points.

Results – Bobby Jones Division

Ron Dunn fired a fine 70 with his post-1900 hickories to lead the field in the BOBBY JONES DIVISION. Ron won 50 of 51 matches – only Wayne Linton's 33 on the front nine beat Ron, who shot 35 for that nine holes!

Close behind Ron were Wayne Linton (72), Paul Dietz (74), Peter Baldasso (75), Jim Pearson (77), Rick McKinney (78) and Tony Matlock (79).

Points gained in the matches were as follows

Ron Dunn – 500 points
Wayne Linton – 460 points
Paul Dietz – 440 points
Peter Baldasso – 415 points
Jim Pearson – 365 points
Rick McKinney – 330 points
Tony Matlock – 325 points
Vaughn Perusse – 305 points
Jack Kalbfleisch – 300 points
Bill Stewart – 270 points
Doug Bowslaugh – 195 points
Doug Marshall – 185 points
Frank Collis – 165 points
George Julie – 125 points
Phil Kostandoff – 85 points
Bill Vossen – 45 points
Pat Mihm – 50 points
Peter Van Beurden – 20 points

In our skins game, each skin is worth 50 points.

Rick McKinney had two skins – holes 5 and 13
Wayne Linton had one skin – hole 3
George Julie had one skins – hole 4

Final Standings in the BOBBY JONES DIVISION

(points first two events + points third event + skins points = Total points earned)

Ron Dunn – 1195 + 500 + 0 = 1695
Paul Dietz – 1155 + 440 +0 = 1595
Vaughn Perusse – 950 + 305 +0 = 1255
Tony Matlock – 795 + 325 + 0 = 1120
Doug Bowslaugh – 860 + 195 + 0 = 1055
Rick McKinney – 560 + 330 + 100 = 990
Phil Kostandoff – 770 + 85 + 0 = 855
Peter Van Beurden – 800 + 20 + 0 = 820
Bill Vossen – 740 + 45 + 0 = 785
Adrian Buis – 780 + 0 + 0 = 780
George Julie – 600 + 125 + 50 = 775
Ian Clarke – 770 + 0 + 0 = 770
David Burgess – 0 + 640 + 100 = 740
Bill Stewart – 330 + 270 + 0 = 600
Giny Sunstrum – 585 + 0 + 0 = 585
Scott Burk – 560 + 0 + 0 = 560
David Gallino – 435 + 0 + 0 = 435
Gary Abbott – 350 + 0 + 0 = 350
John Duffy – 295 + 0 + 0 = 295
Jim Chwienuk – 280 + 0 + 0 = 280
Steve Kirkpatrick – 180 + 0 + 0 = 180
Pat Mihm – 145 + 50 + 0 = 195

Results – OLD TOM MORRIS DIVISION

Jim Wilhelm continued his fine play in the Old Tom Morris Division shooting a smooth 66 with his pre-1900 smooth face irons.

Wilhelm dominated the skins in this division as well.Jim had six skins.

Jim Wilhelm – 290 + 300 = 590 points
Ron Archer – 260 + 0 = 260
Jim Palk – 230 + 0 = 230
Gunnar Eriksson – 200 + 0 = 200

Final Standings in the OLD TOM MORRIS DIVISION

(points first two events + points third event + skins points = Total points earned)

Jim Wilhelm – 1080 + 290 + 300 = 1670 points
Jim Palk – 560 + 230 +0 = 790 points
Gunnar Eriksson – 360 + 200 + 0 = 560 points
Ron Archer – 195 + 260 + 0 = 455 points
Frank Collis – 370 + 0 +0 = 370
Vern P – 365 + 0 + 0 = 365
Doug Marshall – 130 + 0 + 0 = 130

Congratulations to our 2014 champions, Jim Wilhelm and Ron Dunn.

Rookie of The Year

Congratulations go out to Vaughn Perusse, our 2014 rookie of the year.

Vaughn finished third in the overall standings in the BOBBY JONES DIVISION.

Vaughn is a high school art teacher residing in the Toronto area.

THANK YOU!

The Ontario Hickory Tour has flourished in recent years, and this is because YOU participate in the events. In our first season, (2007), we averaged six participants in the events.

Last year, we were averaging sixteen players. And this year, we averaged 25 participants.

Hickory golf can be very addictive.

I encourage each of you to bring a friend to an Ontario Hickory Tour or Hickory Hackers event next year.

Your friend will be glad you did!

See you next year!