International field expected for the 2014 World Hickory Open in Angus
CARNOUSTIE COUNTRY is set to host the World Hickory Open for the third year in a row as the tournament moves to the links course at Panmure Golf Club in 2014.
Scheduled to be played on October 7 and 8, the international golf competition will celebrate golf’s hickory heritage in style with competitors from all over the world preparing to play.
Lionel Freedman, co-founder and director of the World Hickory Open, explained that competitors in the tournament use hickory golf clubs almost identical to those favoured by golfers over a century ago.
“The Carnoustie Country courses have a fabulous golfing history which complements hickory golf perfectly,” said Freedman. “The golfers who travel from across the glove to compete in the World Hickory Open really appreciate being able to play golf as the game was played in days gone by on such historic courses.
Freedman also revealed the introduction of the International Hickory Cup, a Ryder Cup-style match that sees Team USA and Team Rest of the World battling it out over the two days. The inaugural match will be held at Monifieth Medal on October 9 and 10.
“Following the highly favourable response to the informal tournament held immediately after the 2013 World Hickory Open between a team of American hickory golfers and a team of international hickory golfers, it had been decided to make this tournament a regular part of the hickory golf calendar.”
Scotland’s David Kirkwood is the captain of Team Rest of the World, and he is really looking forward to playing in the tie.
“The Grand Match will be a wonderful international occasion, but with a very competitive element. Ideally, Team Rest of the World will come out on top – just.”
HISTORIC LINKS The rolling layout at Panmure Golf Club will provide a real test for the hickory golf enthusiasts when they arrive in October