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World Hickory Open Championship

Press Release from Compro PR on behalf of Linked Golfers

Hickory Champs forecast to attract Record Entry

This year’s LinkedGolfers World Hickory Festival played with pre-1936 hickory shafted clubs moves back to East Lothian where Sandy Lyle will defend his 2016 title over the bespoke hickory links of Kilspindie against a record field of 120 amateur and professional competitors from 20 countries. According to Festival CEO Ewan Glen, 85 entries have been received to date, so there are only a declining number of player spots remaining.

The Hickory Festival, now in its thirteenth year, will be played over Luffness, Kilspindie, Craigielaw and Musselburgh Links, arguably the oldest golf course in the world where Mary Queen of Scots is reputed to have played in 1567, and has hosted no less than six Opens in the late nineteenth century.

The LinkedGolfers World Hickory Open is scheduled to be played over two days at Kilspindie (Oct 3rd and 4th), particularly suited to hickory golf, while a two day International Triangular Ryder Cup-format competition with teams from Europe, Scandinavia and The Americas, will be played over the unique Musselburgh Old Links (Oct 6th and 7th) bringing the 2017 Hickory Festival to a close.

Past winners of the Hickory Open have come from a range of courses throughout the world, and play off a variety of handicaps. For example previous winners have included 1987 Masters Champion Sandy Lyle, European tour player Andrew Marshall from Bamburgh GC in Norfolk, Paulo Quirici from Lugano Golf Club in Switzerland and Richard Valentine from Loretto School. Richard is the grandson of the famous Jessie Valentine.

Further information on or Ewan Glen on 07796168381 / 01334840860 or Michael Westmacott on 01620844024. Pictures from the event in October will be available from
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Post from Annetta Snider - daughter of Lionel 9th January 2017

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.
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It's now just under a fortnight to the 12th World Hickory Open to be played at Panmure Golf Club from October 10th to 12t.
The 94 bedrooms at the Carnoustie have all been taken by WHO competitors.
The team competition on Monday 10th has 40 teams and entries are now closed.
There are still a few places in the 36 hole Championship avaiable
and the Chairman would still be happy to have a few more late entries.
He is looking forward to greeting old friends and a number of new ones.
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The Chairman is delighted to announce, that Sandy Lyle has confirmed his entry for this years World Hickory Open at Panmure and will try to reclaim the title he won in 2014. I'm sure some of our past champions, will try hard to prevent this. I'm hoping to announce some other exciting entries and am also pleased to hear that Cliff Martin last years winner of the Archie Baird Trophy is coming back to defend and compete to be the World Hickory Champion.
Andrew Marshall the 20i5 champion as well as Paolo Quirici (2013) and Rick Valentine (2012). Will all be challenging again.
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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.
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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. 

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. 
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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. 
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To mark the first day of the World Hickory Open 2015, a media-only photocall will be held at 11am on Tuesday, October 20 at Carnoustie Championship.

Full details will be released on Sunday, October 18, 2015.
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Its three weeks before the World Hickory Open. There are 107 people booked into the Carnoustie Golf Hotel and now only a handful of rooms left.
Any late entries or any prospective entry, should contact Lionel  Freedman asap.
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