Hickory Golf Association

Do they play hickory golf in Iowa and the Midwest?

September 25, 2014
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The recently held Iowa Hickory Classic at Hyperion Field Club in Des Moines, Iowa literally had hickory players from coast to coast and border to border. Players from Florida to the state of Washington, and Minnesota to the Lone Star state of Texas joined five dozen other participants in this 8th Annual Classic.

The 1910 Tom Bendelow designed Hyperion Field Club played long and hard after record amounts of rain drenched much of the Midwest, but the clouds parted and the tourney was held in pleasant and sunny conditions. Fifty-four registered players and another 32 guests enjoyed the Friday evening Scottish dinner, and the Saturday serving of authentic fish n' chips. A trade show was held after Friday's practice round and the trading was the most robust in years. The following players took home the Gold, Silver, and Bronze:

Open Division Low Gross:
Gold Medal Winner: David Brown - Omaha, NE, 81
Silver Medal Winner: John Berggren - Kingwood, TX, 85
Bronze Medal Winner: Kevin Cawley - Omaha, NE, 86

Open Division Reserve (net):
Gold Medal Winner: Chris Hardy - Port Byron, IL, 70

Silver Medal Winner: David Gamet - St. Joseph, MO, 72
Bronze Medal Winner: Larry Krebsbach - Lincoln, NE, 73

Senior Division Low Gross:
Gold Medal Winner: John Hutton - Lakewood, CO, 83
Silver Medal Winner: Tim Lathrop - Ankeny, IA, 89
Bronze Medal Winner: Bobby Jones, Jr. - Urbandale, IA, 91

Senior Division Reserve (net):
Gold Medal Winner: Jim Koss - Hobart, WI, 76
Silver Medal Winner: Russ Darr - Des Moines, IA, 78
Bronze Medal Winner: Mark Larson - Rushford, MN, 79

Statesman Division Low Gross:
Gold Medal Winner: Max Hill - Austin, TX, 96
Silver Medal Winner: Bill Reed - Des Moines, IA, 97
Bronze Medal Winner: Peter Herrington - St. Louis, MO, 104

Statesman Reserve (net):
Gold Medal Winner: George Penry - Omaha, NE, 77
Silver Medal Winner: Kelly Gay - Cumming, IA, 85

Ladies Division Low Gross:
Gold Medal Winner: Jeanne Swenson - Kelley, Iowa, 98

Scramble Team Division:
Gold: Jackson Overton (Indianola, IA), John Overton (Indianola, IA), John Piffer (Irving, TX), Rives McBee (Irving, TX) - 69

Silver: Fred Smeltzer (Camdenton, MO), Sherry Smeltzer (Camdenton, MO), John Ausen (Des Moines, IA), Duane Baylor (Omaha, NE) - 71

Bronze: Russ Fisher (Des Moines, IA), Terry McCreanor (Marco Island, FL), Clayton Copple (Des Moines, IA), Bob Gardenhire (Eufaula, OK) - 72

This I just have to share:

The youngest hickory player was 9 years of age, Jackson Overton who hits it 180 off the tee and putts with no fear. He was joined by 3 elder hickory players.His grandfather John Overton, family friend John Piffer, and Rives McBee of Irving,Tx. I'm not going to say how old Jackson's playing partners are, but Jackson is 9...and the average age of the 4 team members is 57...you do the math...here's a hint... they all beat their age by shooting the 69 and had room to spare. Good shootin' guys. Hope to see you all at the 44th Annual Meeting, Trade Show, and Hickory Championship in November at Las Vegas, Nevada.      Bill Reed