To our hosts Peppers Craigieburn, home to the annual Hickory Cup Heritage Golf Tournament on a course that is over 100 years old and still features the original course layout, a big thank for the day.
Our AGHS organisers on the day, Tony Doggett & Steve Doorey also achieved a high distinction in providing a delightful rain free afternoon. For those who have not visited the course, there are 9 greens attacked from 18 tee positions. The event is played as a scratch format for the trophy, with a handicap section as well.
Fourteen players were announced on the 1st tee, coming from as far afield as Nowra, Kiama & the Sydney environs. With the course presented in good condition (albeit damp on some slopes) & the greens provided some challenges, the “14” attacked the 18 holes with high hopes.
Thru 9 holes the scratch leaders with 38 were Rob Downie & Andrew Wilson, closely followed by your scribe on 39 & Tony Pickrell on 40. The handicap leader board showed your scribe with net of 28.5, Tony Pickrell on 31, closely pursued by Andrew Wilson 31.5 & Steve Doorey on 34.
The 2nd nine showed the steadiness of Rob Downie finishing with another 38 for total of 76 as our scratch winner. One shot back was Andrew Wilson with the Pickrells (Tony & Julian) together on 80s.
The handicap section was set alight by Steve Doorey (after long layoff) carding a net 28 for the 2nd nine to finish the count back winner on 62. Tony Pickrell ran 2nd with your scribe failing to maintain the 1st nine performance & finish with net 63. Andrew Wilson also showed his consistency & finished with a net 64.
Of interest is that only one birdie was recorded on the day by Geoff Martin on the 9th. So another successful & enjoyable day was concluded by a few refreshing ales, wines & soft drinks before the team journeyed back to their abodes.
On behalf of the AGHS, a big thank you to all who attended & we hope that in 2016 the event may draw maybe a bigger field to compete for this trophy.
Whilst in the writing mode, I understand that the 2014 (yes 2014) Bobby Locke Trophy winner emerged from the day, being Steve Doorey who beat Jim Glenday.
Also our best wishes to Dan Cullen who has had a fall (in hospital) & to a previous winner of this event Rex McKay who is recovering from a stroke.
Hope to see you all at Carnarvon on Friday week 25th for the Championship.
Ross Howard (AGHS Captain)