Mid American Hickory Open – May 15-16, 2020


Mid American Hickory Open

May 15-16, 2020
Soangetaha Country Club
Galesburg, IL

After another warm welcome in 2019, we are excited to return to Soangetaha for 2020.  Adding to the excitement of our annual event, we will have the opportunity to join the Club in celebrating its 125th Anniversary.  This beautiful, parkland course was first laid out and played in 1895 and later modified by Tom Bendelow in the 1920’s. I think all who have played here agree, this course is well suited to the Hickory game.  Our format will be Pre-1935 stroke play, with eighteen holes on Saturday and Sunday.  We will have the traditional Divisions Championship, Senior, Statesman and Ladies with awards for low gross and net.

In addition to our annual event, member George Bergland and Pro Kirk Hosteng are organizing an 18-hole, Hickory Super Ball, Scramble for Sunday. This scramble will help celebrate their 125th anniversary. Club members will be encouraged to get involved, playing hickories and wearing period dress.  This event is not limited to members.  All are welcome to register for this event.  Contact Kirk for details and registration at 309 342-5410 or http:/soangetaha.com   This group will be joining us for our awards BBQ lunch on Sunday.

This country club setting is beautifully maintained and has been host to a variety of prestigious events. Among them are the Illinois Men’s and Women’s Amateurs, the Illinois Men’s and Women’s Senior Amateurs and the National Left-Handed Golfers Tournament.  This mature course has a gently rolling topography with views of Lake Rice and interesting challenges on every hole.  Just as important, the staff and membership have been outstanding.  I cannot think of a course where the golf services and hospitality have been better.

The weather last year was wet, but the weather here in May is usually spectacular.  We hope you will join us to start your hickory season.

Have questions? Contact Denny Olson at olsoncdc3@gmail.com

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Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com. When he is not traveling, golfing and writing about amazing golf destinations, he is moonlighting as a novice hickory golf enthusiast. He started off playing replicas (Louisville and Tad Moore) and now plays originals (Stewarts). Brian was hooked on hickories after puring his first shot in 2015.

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