After two days of hickory golf in near perfect conditions on the Carnoustie Championship and Buddon Links courses, golf professional Andrew Marshall clinched the World Hickory Open Championship, narrowly beating the tournament’s top amateur, Cliff Martin.
Andrew, who is from Dereham Golf Club in Norfolk and was runner-up to Sandy Lyle in the 2014 championship, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be the 2015 World Hickory Open Champion. This is my third time competing in the World Hickory Open – so third time lucky!”
American hickory golfer Cliff Martin was the winner of the World Hickory Open’s Amateur Scratch title and also became the first recipient of the Archie Baird Trophy for the top amateur. Cliff, who travelled from Los Angeles to compete in the World Hickory Open, said: “This trophy is a magnificent consolation for coming so close to winning the overall title.
“This is my second year at this tournament and there will definitely be a third. I really enjoy the camaraderie between hickory golfers – and seeing just how much everyone loves playing with these crazy antique clubs!”
Jake Anema from Dereham Golf Club won the Amateur Handicap section, with Andrew Buchan from Muswell Hill and Maurus Joe Lauber from Davos being named winners of the Senior sections.
The ladies’ titles were won by two Swedish golfers: Christina Lindgren (Handicap) and Brita Nord (Scratch), who are both members of Bro Bålsta Golf Club, near Stockholm. Christina said: “Other than winning alongside my friend and club mate, the highlights of this year’s World Hickory Open have been the friendliness of everyone we’ve met and the superb golf courses.”
With over 120 hickory golfers from across the globe competing in this year’s World Hickory Open, founder and organiser Lionel Freedman revealed that the event had been ‘An astounding success’. He said: “Both of the Carnoustie Country courses we played on - Carnoustie Championship and Buddon Links - were outstanding. “Every single player was so appreciative of the experience of playing hickory golf on one of the world’s greatest golf courses and its first class neighbour.” Lionel added that the World Hickory Open will be returning to Carnoustie Country in 2016, saying: “Carnoustie Country has a fantastic choice of traditional links courses which are ideal for hickory golf and the facilities, hospitality and accommodation help to make this the perfect area for our tournament. Congratulations to all this year’s winners, thanks to all our wonderful competitors and sponsors – and here’s to the World Hickory Open 2016!”
To find out more about the World Hickory Open, including the full table of results, visit www.worldhickoryopen.com.