Lionel Freedman - Chairman
Post from Annetta Snider - daughter of Lionel
I am sad to announce that Lionel Freedman, my father, passed away peacefully this afternoon at 15.20 with Beth and myself at his side. I know he will be missed greatly by World Hickory Golfers.
2017 World Hickory Festival Itinerary
Sunday, October 1st until Saturday, 6th October 2017
The Chairman, Directors and shareholders. Thank Sean Kelly of Linked Golfers for the 2016 for their first ever , Title sponsorship and their continued support for the 2017 World Hickory Festival. We are pleased to now announce the itinerary for 2017.
Stableford Results now available
View all the scores from the Stableford competition at 2016 World Hickory Open Click here for details
The 2016 Results
View all the scores from the 2016 World Hickory OpenClick here for details
View all the prizewinners from the 2016 World Hickory Open Click here for details
Sandy Lyle Wins the 2016 Open - Press release from Carnoustie Country
After two days of highly-competitive games between many of the world’s top hickory golfers, double Major winner Sandy Lyle has been named the World Hickory Open Champion 2016... Read more.
Sandy Lyle leads the Open after 1st day
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Result from the Better Ball team event
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Draw for the 1st Round of the Open Championship announced
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Press Release from Carnoustie Country
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
On October 11, almost 120 hickory golfers wearing stylish outfits inspired by the game’s 1920s and 1930s glory days will tee off at Panmure Golf Course for the first round of the World Hickory Open 2016, sponsored by LinkedGolfers. ..... Read More
Tee Off times - Monday 10th October
Tee Off times for the Better Ball team event - Click Here .
Press Release from Carnoustie Country
Sandy Lyle To Return to World Hickory Open at Panmure
On 11 October 2016, the world’s top hickory golfers will tee off in the LinkedGolfers World Hickory Open, including the first British winner of the Masters and 2014 winner of the World Hickory Open, Sandy Lyle.
“I’m really excited to be returning to the World Hickory Open,” said Sandy Lyle, who clinched the 2014 title when the tournament was last held at
The Golf Prospect
We are delighted that our friends at The Golf Prospect will be promoting The World Hickory Open to their subscribers over the coming weeks.
The Golf Prospect is a new email newsletter which carries information and betting tips for golf tournaments every week. They've already had some successes, not least picking Henrik Stenson ahead of The Open Championship at Royal Troon. Subscribe at www.thegolfprospect.com
WHO Poem by Menno Beelen
We have recently received a couple of poems about the World Hickory Open and thought we would share them here.
Here is "Ode to Lionel Freedman's WHO by Menno Beelen. Read it here.
Press Release from Carnoustie Country
After five highly successful years in Carnoustie Country, 2016 will be the final time the World Hickory Open will be played there – at least for the next year or two!
“Never say never,” said organiser and co-founder of the World Hickory Open, Lionel Freedman. “We’ve enjoyed a wonderful five years of competing Carnoustie Country’s wonderful links courses, which are in and around the county of Angus, and we’re leaving on a high, with the World Hickory Open 2016 being played at Panmure from 10-14 October.
2016 Open to be played at Panmure
The World Hickory Open committee are pleased to announce that the 12th World Hickory Open will be played at the Historic Links of Panmure Golf Club. Monday 10th October warm up Team competition. Tuesday 11th- Wednesday 12th October 36 Hole Championship.
The 2nd Triangular match for the “US Players Trophy takes place the following two days, Thursday 13th October-Friday 14th October at Arbroath Golf Links.
Entry forms are now available. In the event of a large entry the Carnoustie Links Management have offered Carnoustie Burnside as a backup course.
Rooms are again held at a special rate at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel.
Inside the Game; Hickory World Open
World Hickory Open on Carnoustie timeline
The World Hickory Open are extremely honoured. We have been included on the Carnoustie heritage timeline
Lionel Freedman interview
WHO Chairman Lionel Freedman was recently interviewed by Mitch Laurence about the World Hickory Open at Carnoustie.
You can listen to the interview here at Golf Gateways.
W.H.O select win Triangular Match
After a tense three-way battle, the Hickory International Triangular Match which was held on Carnoustie Championship course and Carnoustie Burnside on October 22/23 was won by the World Hickory Select.
Many of the world’s top hickory golfers had remained in Carnoustie Country following the World Hickory Open 2015 to compete in the two-day Hickory International Triangular Match. Following two days of hickory golf, the World Hickory Select, which was 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 – but have vowed to regain their title in 2016!
Tuesday 20th October Championship Update
The Championship flight played on the Buddon course today . Par is 68 for men, 67 for ladies. Weather was calm and pleasant. A field of 78 hickory golfer played in this flight. Andrew Marshall (Dereham), runner-up last year, leads the field with a 67. Out in par figures for 34, he had a solitary birdie 4 at the 440 yard 16th to come home in 33. Cliff Martin from the United States lies second with 69. His halves were 34 and 35.
Scotland's Fraser Mann and Johan Moberg from Sweden returned 71s. The leading lady in Brita Nord from Sweden with an 81.
The second flight for higher handicaps played Stableford on Carnoustie's Championship course. 36 played in this flight. Par is 71 Leading is Willie Tanner from Dunfermline with 39 points, with Geoff Bleasby (Goodwood) and Paul Adams (Durban, South Africa) close on his heels with 38 points.
The two flights change courses tomorrow, with those vying for the title World Hickory Champion out on the big course tomorrow starting at 9:00am. The leaders are out last at 1:10. Spectators are very welcome.
Monday 19th October 3-ball results
First: W Wiesinger, G Norring and M Rossetto 56 bih
Second: D Kirkwood, J Still and W Tanner 56 better last 6 holes
Third: S Viglino, L Viglino and J Ruegger 56
Fourth: B Schuman, A Fried and H Cameron 58 bih
Fifth: F Mann, C Sinclair and T Bjorkman 58
First: V Saunders, C Penman and S. Brunton 65
Second: P Sawers, M Summers and L Graham 66
The Big Question
And on a more serious note, perhaps, do take a few minute to watch this short film, presented by WHO’s Nick Turnbull. It’s a call to arms and one that will affect us all, either directly or indirectly, at some point in our lives.
Interesting video about one of our speakers - Mike Newman.
The Golfing Showman
We’re also delighted to say that, this year, we will be joined by one of the golfing world’s greatest entertainers, Dave Edwards. Dave has been hosting his own ‘trick’ golfing show for over twenty years, during which time he has performed in front of enthusiastic audiences at major golf events in more than fifty countries.
Dave will not only be playing in the Open Championship and the International matches, he has also promised to take time out to show you just what can be done with a six-foot tee-peg, a hosepipe and a driver in each hand.
Gala Dinner Speakers
We are very pleased the announce the names of our two guest speakers for the World Hickory Birthday Gala Dinner on Monday, 19th October ...
Vivien Saunders OBE one of the biggest names in Ladies Golf, Vivien can look back over a colourful and hugely successful career in both the professional and the amateur game. She is an accomplished solicitor and owner of two golf courses, a hugely respected golf teacher and a best-selling author. She is also a remarkably gifted and engaging speaker. Read More .....
Mike Newman an inspiration to all who meet him, Mike Newman is the fastest blind person on the planet. He holds the world blind land speed record, the world blind water speed record and the record number of acrobatic loops in an aircraft. Flying blind. Founder of the charity, Speed Of Sight, Newman’s next world speed attempt is on October 26th, when he will drive a 5.5 tonne truck at over 100 mph.
Tee Off Times - Monday 19th Oct 2015
The Tee Off times for the Team Competition at Buddon Links on Monday 19th October are now available. Click here for details
The Muirfield Experience
Hard on the heels of the Carnoustie Championship, a second chance to play hickory golf on one of the world’s greatest courses.
This time, it’s Muirfield, home, since its inception in 1891, to The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers.
A unique golfing day, starting with a full Scottish breakfast within the hallowed portals of the Muirfield Clubhouse itself, a 4-ball Stapleford played over some of the most famous acres in golf and rounded off with a great Muirfield lunch, prize-giving and an auction.
It’s all in aid of the Leith Rules Golfing Society, a charitable body established to fund and build a statue in memory of the celebrated John Rattray, one of golf’s most famous sons and the man who put his hand to the game’s very first set of rules. Rattray won the Leith Links’ first ever ‘Open’ competition in 1744 and, fittingly, his statue, designed by the well-known Fife sculptor, David Annan, is to be erected on the site of the original first hole. In supporting the project and thus restoring both the course and the man to their deserved place on the golfing pantheon, you have, yourself, just become part of the history of the game.
As a bonus, the good news is that Muirfield’s nearby neighbour, Craigielaw Golf Club, is offering accommodation in its splendid Lodge rooms at special rates for WHO players staying with them.
Two world famous courses in the space of a week, Christmas just came early.
The Archie Baird Trophy
For the first time in the history of the World Hickory Open, this year a major trophy is to be awarded for the leading Amateur score.
Archie Baird is a name that has been associated with the Open Championship since its inception in 2005. This great supporter has not only attended every event but he has also ennobled the proceedings by saying the Grace at every Gala Dinner.
And the world of hickory apart, Archie Baird has long been one of the most celebrated names in contemporary Scottish amateur golf. An avid collector, Archie’s enthusiasm for the history of the game borders on that of Roget for the English language. Interestingly, the two men have more in common for Archie, like Roget many years earlier, also studied medicine at Edinburgh University. It must be something in the air.
A founder member of the BGCS, sometime curator of the Heritage of Golf Museum and a former Captain of Gullane, Archie Baird is a deserving ambassador for the amateur golf in general and the hickory game in particular.
And, as a footnote, we might point out, to those of you meeting Archie for the first time, that the lady at his side, his wife Sheila, is the great grand-daughter of the legendary Willie Park Senior.
Provenance is rarely better confirmed.
The Tenth Anniversary Medallion
The year is 1826.
Beethoven is finishing off his masterpiece, the String Quartet in C Sharp Minor. Le Figaro is published for the very first time and Nicephore Niepce takes the world’s oldest surviving photograph.
And, in keeping with that fine creative spirit, the medallist and engraving firm of Alex Kirkwood and Son opened its doors in Edinburgh and the good news is that, one hundred and eighty-nine years later, they’re still there.
The even better news is that they have designed and fashioned the Tenth Anniversary World Hickory Open commemorative medallions, to be presented to all participants in this year’s event.
The current owner of Albany Street’s celebrated engravers, David Kirkwood, described the Hickory Open commission as ‘an honour’ and one that he especially welcomed, given his own enthusiasm for the hickory game.
And what or who will be featured on the medal’s face? Watch this space.