Category Archives: Hickory Events

Inaugural Queensland Hickory Shaft Championship

Andrew Baker, the Captain of the Queensland Chapter of the AGHS has provided some exciting news from the Sunshine State:

“I am pleased to announce that with the blessing of Golf Queensland and the generosity of Royal Queensland Golf Club we are able to play the inaugural Queensland Hickory Shaft Championship as our October event.

To fit in with the Club’s schedule we will need to play one week earlier than normal on Friday 23rd October (the second-last rather than the last Friday of the month), teeing-off at 12:30pm.

Royal Queensland Golf Club has most graciously made its course and clubhouse available for the event and generously waived green fees for visitors. An invitation will soon be sent to all AGHS members, the majority of whom live in New South Wales, and we might expect a small contingent to travel north for the event.

Golf Operations Manager Steve Rhind advises that course renovations will occur three weeks prior to the event, however the course should be in good condition on the day.

I will contact you again shortly with further details once they are finalized. If you are able to give me an early indication of your intention to attend I will be most appreciative, as it will assist in making the necessary arrangements.”

Players interested in competing in the Queensland Hickory Shaft Championship should contact Andrew via email at If any players are contemplating travelling north for the Championship, and would like to be put in contact with like-minded individuals, drop me an email at, and I’ll put you in touch with one another.

2015 Australian Hickory Shaft Championship – Tee Times

As at 21:30 24 September 2015, the FINAL tee times for the competitors in the 2015 Australian Hickory Shaft Championship were as follows:

Time Player Player Player Player
12:00 J. Pickrell A. Pickrell B. Leithhead M. Pickrell
12:10 B. Meares P. Gladwin G. Martin
12:20 S. Maurice S. Byrnes T. Kelly M. Pullen
12:30 T. Doggett L. Wilson D. Watt R. Downie
12:40 R. Haslam J. Glenday S. Fletcher R. Clark
12:50 D. Froneman T. Moore A. Grieve W. Smith
1:00 P. Baird L. Kavanagh M. Sheret  B. Pase
1:10 D. Brydson D. Sundin N. Rider  A. Wilson
1:20 S. Doorey R. Howard J. Fletcher  B. Keane

Hopefully, these will be the final times. We would asked that you respect the tee times as posted, and report to the starter at least 30 minutes prior.

See you all Friday.

Show & Tell – Rosnay 23 July 2015

Ten brave souls teed off in the afternoon after quite heavy rain earlier in the day, but we were blessed with fair weather for the actual nine holes. The course was heavy, and whilst assisting shots to the pin, it made for interesting fairway lies.

Auburn 01
L-R Michael Sheret, Barry Leithhead & Arthur Penton on the 8th green (click to enlarge).

A new hickory participant was welcomed, Arthur Penton from Windsor Country Golf Club. Mention should be made of the efforts of Andrew Wilson and Rob Downie, who ventured from Kiama and Nowra respectively to participate – true hickory aficionados.

Auburn 02
L-R Arthur Penton, Barry Leithhead & Michael Sheret on the 8th green (click to enlarge).

Played as a stableford event, the eventual scores ranged from 18 to 9, whilst individual hole scores ran from zero to four. After being the Club House leader with 15, Tony Pickrell was run down by the next group with the eventual winner eclipsing his good effort.

Auburn 03
L-R Tony Doggett, Tom Moore & Graham Evans on the 9th green (click to enlarge).

The two final group produced the winners and runners up on the day being:-

Barry Leithhead with 18, Graham Evans with 17 and Tom Moore with 16. Mary Evans carried off the ladies trophy. Barry scored points on every hole, a feat the rest of us could not accomplish, well done Barry.

Auburn 04
L-R Tom Moore & Graham Evans on the 9th green (click to enlarge).

Whilst enjoying our post game refreshments and repast, numerous players presented their Show & Tells items. Amongst those presented, items ranged from pewter card holders, replica featheries, a branded unbreakable iron, a beautifully restored driver by Edgar Oakman, binding twine for repairs to wood, to a set of sheathed irons returned to the Howard family after an 80 year journey.

Auburn 05
L-R Graham Evans, Mary Evans, Tom Moore & Tony Doggett on the 9th green (click to enlarge).

Much information was bandied around the dinner table & a debate  on aspects of early steel shafts was particularly interesting. I hope everyone present enjoyed the experience as I did.

Auburn 06
L-R Graham Evans, Mary Evans, Tony Doggett & Tom Moore on the 9th green (click to enlarge).

It is interesting to note as a group of hickory enthusiasts we have so much interest and accumulated information to share. I would recommend to those who have not played in one of the Show Tells Days to mark the next one on their calendar.

– Ross Howard


(Images courtesy of Mr. Andrew Wilson)