A Return to the Golden Age of Golf as Mid Pines Hosts 13th Annual Hickory Open Championship

88 golfers from across the U.S. and Canada participated in the championship using wooden clubs and wearing period attire 

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. – November 7, 2016 – A field of 88 competitors from 15 states as well as Toronto, Ontario, teed off this past weekend in the 13th Annual Mid Pines Hickory Open Championship at Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club. 

Considered one of the most popular events, the Hickory Open requires participants to use period (pre-1935) golf equipment, including wooden-shafted clubs. Players typically don period clothing including plus fours and ties. The event is played over the first weekend in November on the Donald Ross-designed course, one that is valued among the best in North Carolina.

Cliff Martin (Los Angeles, Calif.) won the gold medal in the Donald Ross Division (Gross Division) with a score of 75-82-157. Charles Lineberger (Southern Pines, N.C.) won the silver medal in a scorecard playoff with a score of 85-76-161 over Will Peterson (Maitland, Fla.) who finished in third place winning the bronze medal with a score of 82-79-161. 

Ted Kopec (Niceville, Fla.) won the gold medal in the Julius Boros Division (Net Division) with a score of 73-69-142. Chris Farris (Palmyra, Va.) finished second and won the silver medal with a score of 74-72-146 and Skip Platt (Keswick, Va.) won the bronze medal in a scorecard playoff with a score of 80-67-147 over Greg Whitmer (Zion Crossroads, Va.).

Jim Von Lossow (Seattle, Wash.) won the gold medal in the Skip Alexander Division (Gross Senior Division) with a score of 77-75-152.  Otey Crisman III (Rainsville, Ala.) finished second and won the silver medal with a score of 79-77-156.  Mike Harding (Terre Haute, Ind.) finished third and won the bronze medal with a score of 81-80-161. 

Ron Dunn (Quelph, Ontario) won the gold medal in the Bobby Jones Division (Senior Net Division) with a score of 65-66-131. Ed Jackson (Oakville, Ontario) finished second and won the silver medal with a score of 71-67-138. Terry Pemberton (Charlottesville, Va.), nabbed third place and won the bronze medal in a scorecard playoff with a score of 71-72-143 over Bill Martin (Perrineville, N.J.).

Charles Mitchell (Okatie, S.C.) won the gold medal in the Old Tom Morris Division (Super-Senior Gross Division) with a score of 87-85-172.  Max Hollon (Evansville, Ind.) finished second and won the silver medal with a score of 93-87-180. 

Tad Moore (Selma, Ala.) won the gold medal in the Walter Hagen Division (Super-Senior Net Division) with a score of 71-78-149.  Robert Ubbing (Southern Pines, N.C.) finished second and won the silver medal with a score of 75-75-150. 

Andrea Hodel (Southern Pines, N.C.) won the gold medal in the Peggy Kirk Bell Division (Gross Ladies Division) with a score of 94-85-179.  Paula Zellers (Southern Pines, N.C.) won the gold medal in the Peggy Kirk Bell Division (Net Ladies Division) with a score of 71-72-143. 

On Friday, 12 teams competed at Pine Needles Golf Course in a Foursomes Competition using a true Alternate Stroke format. In the Gross Division, Mark Hollingsworth (Bluffton, S.C.) and David Brown (Omaha, Neb.) finished in first place, while Hugh Cameron (Carunna, Ontario) and Jim Von Lossow placed second. In the Net Division, Jim Clawson (Charlottesville, Va.) and Rick Woeckener (Fredericksburg, Va.) placed first while Bill Conant (Greenfield, Mass.) and Bill Wardwell (Turners Falls, Mass.) finished in second place. 

The 14th Annual Mid Pines Hickory Open will be played on November 10-12, 2017.

About Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club / Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club
Nestled in the fragrant pine forest of North Carolina, you will find an experience unlike any other. For nearly a century, golfers have reveled in the serene ambiance of Pine Needles and Mid Pines Resorts. Two 18-hole Donald Ross designed golf courses have earned us our place among the country’s best golf resorts – and one to which our guests and USGA Championships return to time and again. We deliver brilliant golf paired with southern hospitality in a casual atmosphere right here in beautiful North Carolina. For more information, visit http://www.pineneedles-midpines.com/.           

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