Team USA was crowned the champions of an inaugural international fixture as part of this year’s World Hickory Open.
On Thursday the Americans emerged victorious over their rivals the International World Hickory Select as the 28 golfers battled it out over 18 holes using historically accurate hickory-shafted clubs.
Team USA member Mike Stevens, Florida, thoroughly enjoyed the experience. He said: “This is what golf’s all about. Playing in the home of golf, the camaraderie, the hickory clubs – even the weather! And, of course, winning is the icing on the cake!”
Travelling all the way from Australia, hickory golfer Rob took part in the Grand Hickory Match as well as the World Hickory Open which formed part of the Carnoustie Country Festival of Golf.
Despite his team losing 16-12 he was delighted to have been a member of the International World Hickory Select.
He said: “I’ve had a fabulous time playing golf on the historic Carnoustie Country courses.
“This was a once in a lifetime experience, or maybe twice, as I’m already planning next year’s trip to the World Hickory Open!”
This year the World Hickory Open was contested over two days on the Montrose Links with a practice day at Ashludie in Monifieth first.
The mens’ competition was won by Swiss professional Paolo Quirici and 18-year-old Frida Rydberg from Sweden won the ladies’ tournament.
Next year the World Hickory Open will be held at Panmure Golf Course on October 7 and 8 and will be followed by an expanded Grand Hickory Match which will now take place over two days as well.
For more information about the 2014 competition visit www.worldhickoryopen.com or for more details about Carnoustie Country golfing visit www.carnoustiecountry.com.