Success of unique event

20151023- International Hickory Match Winners'The World Hickory Select team pictured with the trophy. ''Andy Thompson Photography for Angus Council.
20151023- International Hickory Match Winners'The World Hickory Select team pictured with the trophy. ''Andy Thompson Photography for Angus Council.

Golfers from around the world travelled to Carnoustie last week to compete in the World Hickory Open Championship.

It was played over the Carnoustie Championship and Buddon Links courses and golf professional Andrew Marshall clinched the trophy, narrowly beating the tournament’s top amateur, Cliff Martin.

20151021- World Hickory Open Presentation. 'The trophy winners pictured at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel. 'Left to right- Cliff Martin, Ritta Nord, Angus Provost Helen Oswald who presented the trophies, Christina Lindgren, Andrew Marshall and Jake Anema. ''Andy Thompson Photography for Angus Council

20151021- World Hickory Open Presentation. 'The trophy winners pictured at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel. 'Left to right- Cliff Martin, Ritta Nord, Angus Provost Helen Oswald who presented the trophies, Christina Lindgren, Andrew Marshall and Jake Anema. ''Andy Thompson Photography for Angus Council

Andrew is from Dereham Golf Club in Norfolk and was runner up to Sandy Lyle in the 2014 championship.

Andrew said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be the 2015 World Hickory Open Champion. This is my third time competing in the World Hickory Open – so third time lucky!”

American hickory golfer Cliff Martin from Los Angeles was the winner of the World Hickory Open’s Amateur Scratch title and also became the first recipient of the Archie Baird Trophy for the top amateur. He said: “This trophy is a magnificent consolation for coming so close to winning the overall title. This is my second year at this tournament and there will definitely be a third. I really enjoy the camaraderie between hickory golfers – and seeing just how much everyone loves playing with these crazy antique clubs!”

Jake Anema from Dereham Golf Club won the Amateur Handicap section, with Andrew Buchan from Muswell Hill and Maurus Joe Lauber from Davos being named winners of the Senior sections.

The ladies’ titles were won by two Swedish golfers: Christina Lindgren (Handicap) and Brita Nord (Scratch), who are both members of Bro Bålsta Golf Club, near Stockholm. Many of the golfers remained following the World Hickory Open to compete in the two-day Hickory International Triangular Match.

The World Hickory Select, captained by hickory golf specialist David Edwards, beat Team Europe, which consisted mainly of Swedish golfers, by one point. Team USA & Canada, winners of the 2014 international hickory match held at the end of last year’s World Hickory Open, came third.