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Ontario Hickory Tour 2018 - Finale
Oak Gables GC, Ancaster, Ontario, August 30, 2018

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The final event of the 2018 Ontario Hickory Tour was played at Oak Gables Golf Club in Ancaster, Ontario on Thursday August 30th, 2018. A couple of players had to cancel the day before the event, but we still had a good field, with 23 players teeing off in the Bobby Jones (post-1900) Division, and 4 in the Old Tom Morris (pre-1900) Division. We were also joined by a couple of non-playing guests.

The weather was pretty much ideal - a mixture of sun and cloud, with cool temperatures, and light breezes. I believe everyone present had a good time.

We played the Maple nine followed by the Oak nine. Bobby Jones (post-1900) players went from the white tees, for a playing length of around 3,910 yards, and Old Tom Morris (pre-1900) players from the yellow tees for a playing length of around 3,580 yards.

There was a shotgun start just after 10 am - and it was a real shotgun start, with Tour co-organizer Russell Dick firing the off with black-powder blanks from both barrels of his antique Janssen fowling piece (permission had been duly obtained from the local Firearms Officer).

We were joined at the start of the event by local TV personality Tim Bolen, presenter on CHCH TV's Morning Live. This was, as with our previous TV and newspaper exposure this year, thanks to Russell Dick's outreach to the media. Tim Bolen changed into appropriate attire (lent by Russell), and played the first couple of holes with us, whilst interviewing several players, and giving his viewers some idea what hickory golf is about. The piece went out on Morning Live the next morning (Friday, August 31st), and was posted on the CHCH TV web site:
CHCH TV Morning Live item on Ontario Hickory Tour

Bruce Del Guidice and Jim Holland were joint winners for the day in the Bobby Jones (post-1900) Division, with rounds of 73, and 47.4 Modified Stableford points; runner-up was George Supol, with a round of 75 and 45.4 points. Fourth in line was Lorne Emery's guest Ian Rowett, with a round of 76 and 45 points, beating Lorne himself and showing as the 'most improved' player in this division.

The Old Tom Morris (pre-1900) result for the day was quite a shocker, with the GHSC's youngest player Eric Reid, playing in his first event with pre-1900 equipment, coming in as winner, beating Old Tom Morris Champion for the year Bill Southall by one stroke and one point - with a round of 71 (beating all Post-1900 players) and 46.2 points, to Bill's 72 and 45.2 points.

Click here to see full detailed results for all players.

Following play, participants and guests enjoyed refreshment in the club house. Paul Dietz offered a selection of finely re-finished hickory clubs for sale. Then a steak dinner was served.

After all had finished the excellent meal, there was a prize-giving. Custom medals were presented to the division winners in each event of the year. Division champions for the year were ceremonially presented with silver trophies (which, sadly, they don't get to keep), and given a bottle of fine claret to take home.

Results for the 2018 Ontario Hickory Tour were as follows:

Overall Champion, Bobby Jones Division: Ron Wiens
Overall Champion, Old Tom Morris Division: Bill Southall

Best Mean Score per Event Played, Bobby Jones Division: Bruce Del Guidice
Best Mean Score per Event Played, Old Tom Morris Division: Bill Southall

Oak Gables August 30th
Bobby Jones Division Winner: A tie between Jim Holland and Bruce Del Guidice
Old Tom Morris Division Winner: Eric Reid - a remarkable performance from our youngest player in his first outing in this division

Merry Hill July 27th
Bobby Jones Division Winner: Lorne Emery
Old Tom Morris Division Winner: Jim Palk

Craigowan June 18th
Bobby Jones Division Winner: Bruce Del Guidice
Old Tom Morris Division Winner: Bill Southall

Oak Gables May 17th
Bobby Jones Division Winner: Jim Wilhelm
Old Tom Morris Division Winner: Bill Southall

Thanks, once again, to Frank Collis for his fabulous work taking pictures, at this event, and throughout the year.
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Arriving & checking in, tour organizers Russell and Ken with Oak Gables member Bill Smith and GHSC stalwart Ron Archer
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Getting in some putting practice
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Noi Moreau, wife of GHSC founder Norm Moreau, in her period finery
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Photographer (and player) Frank Collis' wife Donna with Noi Moreau
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All of the day's participants assembled before the off
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Participants relaxing after play and before dinner
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GHSC founder Norm Moreau and his wife Noi check out clubs
offered for sale by Paul Dietz
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Ken Leedham struggles to get the scores done on his laptop with co-organizer Russell Dick, and playing partner Gary Maue of Oak Gables
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Ace club doctor and long-time former tour organizer Paul Dietz enjoys his dinner together with
joint Bobby Jones winner for the day Jim Holland, Bill Stewart, and Jim Parker
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Oak Gables members Bill Smith and Nelson Cartwright dining with their playing partners for the day, GHSC members Al Kraft and Bill Vossen (who came down together from North Bay)
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Another dinner group. Merry Hill Bobby Jones winner Lorne Emery, Gunnar Eriksson (behind Lorne), Bobby Jones champion for 2018 Ron Wiens, Peter Van Beurden, Bobby Jones runner-up for the day George Supol, Gunnar's guest Jim Ward (back right) and Lorne's guest Ian Rowett.
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GHSC founder Norm Moreau (right) with his wife Noi, and guests Rod and Kenika Snyder
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Youngest player and Old Tom Morris winner for the day Eric Reid (back) dines with his Mother, and Ron Archer and Donna Collis
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Scores done, Ken Leedham gets to enjoy his dinner with co-organizer Russell Dick and playing partner Gary Maue (and Ken's infamous hat)
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Lorne Emery receives his medal as Bobby Jones
winner for the Merry Hill event
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Jim Holland receiving his medal as joint Bobby Jones winner for the day
(and making Russell Dick look small)
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Eric Reid receives his medal as Old Tom Morris winner for the day,
in his first outing playing in that division - a terrific performance
from the GHSC's youngest player
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Ron Wiens is presented with the claret jug trophy
as OHT Bobby Jones Champion for 2018.
He doesn't get to keep the trophy, but he did get a nice bottle of claret.
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Bill Stewart accepts the trophy for OHT Old Tom Morris Champion for 2018 on behalf of Bill Southall, who had to leave early.
Bill Stewart also took Bill Southall's bottle of claret.