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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)