Third Annual Thornberry Creek at Oneida Historic Hickory Golf Fun Event
(Written By Jim Koss – Posted originally in The Community – Page 36, December 2016)
With an overcast and rainy morning, nearly twenty hickory and modern players gathered at the home of hosts, Jim & Judy Koss. Players came from Nashville, Illinois and the Minnesota border. The personable Packer Hall-of-Famer, KGB, visited with players, signed autographs, and participated in the group photo.
The pre and post golf events featured a club swap, continental breakfast, bangers and mash for lunch, but most importantly, camaraderie throughout. The food was bountiful and delicious.
Once again, our esteemed Photo Historian, Jenn Hansen, magically managed the players for the group photo and captured cameos of players and teams throughout their round. Thanks, Jenn!
Somewhat miraculously, the rain ceased as our first group hit their tee shots. Our first nine was with the Braid, limited flight gutty ball, and played approximately 2250 yards from our Wisconsin Gutty sand tees. Several players had not yet played the Braid so it was a new hickory experience for them as well as a fun transition for our modern players. The second nine was traditional hickory and played approximately 2750 yards. We played to the more challenging red pin locations.
The 2016 Champion, as well as winners of the closest to the pin on the one-shot (Par 3) holes and longest putt competition were announced. A round of applause followed and the camaraderie ensued.
Teddy Stevenson, Neenah, earned major kudos for running the awards ceremony. Each and every player selected at least one of the “priceless prizes” before departing.
We thank the entire staff at Thornberry for a well-run event. The course was in beautiful shape. We particularly appreciate the enthusiastic support of Josh Doxtator, General Manager; Mark Becker, Director of Golf; and Steve Archibald, Course Superintendent. We have confirmed our Fourth Annual Event for Saturday,
August 26, 2017. Plans have already been made to include a public historic golf seminar and all are invited to participate in the historic hickory shaft putting contest. All proceeds go to charity.