World Hickory Open returns

20121009- World Hickory Golf Championship. '2nd day's play at Carnoustie. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography.

20121009- World Hickory Golf Championship. '2nd day's play at Carnoustie. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography.

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CARNOUSTIE Country is set to welcome back a prestigious heritage golf tournament this year.

Last year the World Hickory Open was played over the Carnoustie Burnside and Monifieth Medal and this year will return to Carnoustie Country in the autumn.

There will be an optional warm-up stableford competition at Monifieth Ashludie on September 30, followed by two rounds over the Montrose Medal on October 1 and 2.

The £200 entry fee covers this as well as a gala dinner and a malt whisky tasting session.

World Hickory Open chairman Lionel Freedman explained he was pleased to return to the area after their success last year.

He said: “The 2012 event, which was played across Monifieth Medal and Carnoustie Burnside, was superb.

“Over 90 amateur and professional golfers from across the globe thoroughly enjoyed playing hickory golf on these first class links courses. The choice of accommodation was very good and the support we received from the Carnoustie Country team was second to none.

“Returning to Carnoustie Country for the 2013 World Hickory Open was a very easy decision to make.

“The 2013 event promises to be a resounding success.”

Returning to the competition this year is reigning champion Rick Valentine, director of golf at Loretto School.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to this year’s championship.

“I hope both myself and Loretto School, winners of the team championship, can put up a good defence of our titles.”

Interestingly, Rick has a family connection to historic golf in this area. He explained: “As the grandson of Jessie Valentine, one of Britain’s top lady golfers between the 1930s and 1950s, competing in Carnoustie Country, where my grandmother won several of her titles, and using hickory clubs similar to those she played with, always adds an extra dimension to my game.”

To find out more about the World Hickory Open 2013, or to download an entry form, visit www.worldhickoryopen.com. To find out more about Carnoustie Country and its golf courses, including ‘stay and play’ packages, visit www.carnoustiecountry.com, ‘like’ the Carnoustie Country Facebook page or follow Carnoustie Country on Twitter.