The first Mid American Hickory Open is in the books. Thirty four players had a very wet, rain delayed first day. We dodged a bullet the second day, watching severe weather pass by to our north, and finished in sunshine. Thank you to the staff at Soangetaha Country Club in Galesburg, IL for letting us continue. You know it’s wet when your golf cart leaves a wake behind you.
In spite of the weather we had some memorable play by Bill “Ernie” Ernst winner of the Open division, George Burgland winner of the Senior and Dan Nordstedt winner of the Statesman. Scramble Team event was won by the verteran Hickory players from Des Moines made up of Russ Fisher, Bill Reed, John Ausen and John Piffer.
We welcomed eight new players to the hickory game, including two ladies. A good time was had by all, thanks to the welcoming efforts of the Head Pro, Kirk Hosteng, the catering staff and of course, the bartenders. Thanks also to George Burgland “member” host who’s contribution was essential. This is a great place for a Hickory event. We look forward to returning in May of 2020.
In 2020, Soangetaha will be celebrating their 125 Anniversary. We plan on having a one day Gutty event in advance of the two day Hickory Event to honor the early beginnings of this fine course. Soangetaha C.C. was founded in 1895 and the Tom Bendelow design provides a fun and challenging round of golf. The club has hosted 10 state championships, 2 national tournaments over the years and now a Society of Hickory Golfers event.
Open Division Champion, Bill “Ernie” Ernst 162 2nd Place, Rick Woedkener 169
Open Reserve Champion, Jim McGraw net 151 2nd Place, Kirk Watson net 158
Senior Division Champion, George Burgland 158 2nd Place, Bert Coghill 161
Senior Reserve Champion, Mark Larson net 139 2nd Place, John McKenzie net 143
Statesman Champion, Dan Nordstedt 188 2nd Place, Peter Herrington 212
Statesman Reserve Don Madelung
Scramble Team Russ Fisher, Bill Reed, John Ausen and Peter Piffer