Hickory history returns for more

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Fans of heritage golf will be flocking to Carnoustie Country soon as the World Hickory Open tees off in Monifieth.

The 2014 competition, which is the tenth World Hickory Open and the third time it has been contested in our area, will be played over the Panmure Medal course on October 7 and 8.

Co-founder and director of the World Hickory Open Lionel Freedman is looking forward to the historically accurate tournament.

He said: “The links courses in this corner of Scotland are ideal for the World Hickory Open, where golfers play with golf clubs made from hickory which are almost identical to those used by golfers over 100 years ago.

“Monifieth, a classic links course with a distinguished golfing heritage, hosted the World Hickory Open in 2012, while last year, the tournament was held on Montrose Links, where golf has been played for over 450 years. This year, we’re playing on Panmure Medal, established in 1845 and the course where Ben Hogan famously practiced before the 1953 Open. These are courses where golfers played with hickory clubs, dressed in attire similar to that worn by many of the World Hickory Open’s competitors and who shared the same sense of sportsmanship and camaraderie as today’s hickory golfers.”

So far this year’s competition has attracted more than 100 entries from around the globe.

Lionel added: “Many of the world’s top hickory golfers will once again be competing in this year’s World Hickory Open, which has been made even more attractive to professional golfers thanks to our new £3,000 prize fund, sponsored by the World Golf Teachers Federation. £1,000 will be awarded to the top golf professional, with the remainder split between the golf professionals in second to fifth place.”

Entry to the World Hickory Open 2014 costs £240 per golfer, which includes a warm-up competition at Forfar Golf Club on October 6, two rounds on Panmure Medal on October 7/8, the hire of hickory-shafted clubs and a gala dinner at Carnoustie Golf Hotel.

To find out more about the World Hickory Open 2014, or to download an entry form, visit www.worldhickoryopen.com.