Hickory Golf Association

2019 Mid American Hickory Open

May 18, 2019 - May 19, 2019
Soangetaha Country Club - Galesburg, Illinois

Jim Eike reports:
A new name and a new format for the former All American Hickory Open.

After receiving a warm welcome in 2018 we are excited to return to Soangetaha for 2019. Many of us fell in love with the Tom Bendelow course and found the parkland layout well suited to the hickory game. In particular we found it well suited for the pre-1935 format. Additionally, we found interest from new, local players in pre-1935. For those reasons we are adjusting our format from gutty to modern, pre-1935 only.

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. 

The weather in May last year was spectacular and we hope you will join us to start your hickory season. 


Click here for a registration form.


Itinerary & Miscellaneous Information


The format will be pre-1935 hickory on Saturday and Sunday of individual stroke play. A scramble division is available too.

You can schedule a practice round (not included in the tournament fee) for Friday, May 17. Call 309-342-5410 to schedule your Friday tee time.

We will host a welcome event on Friday with appetizers provided and a cash bar. Trade tables will be available for those interested. Dinner will be served after the Saturday round. Competition will continue Sunday morning, allowing for travel time that afternoon. Lunch will be provided at the conclusion of Sunday’s round.

Riding carts
 are not included in registration fees but will be available.

Rental clubs
will be available, reservations must be made in advance, details to follow.

If you wish to play in the scramble and don’t already have a partner, we will assist in finding a partner and creating foursomes.  If you already have a partner(s) please note them on your registration form.

Travel & Hotel

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express, just a half mile from the course. Mention the Mid-American Hickory event for a discount.

Your reservation must be made 30 days before the event to receive the discount.  Call the hotel at 309-343-7100.

Friday, May 17:
  Practice rounds. Call for tee times – 309-342-5410.

Welcome event with trade tables and appetizers.
(Confirm/ finalize Four-Person scramble teams.)

Saturday, May 18: 
First round play. Tee times begin mid-morning.

Dinner following round.

Sunday, May 19: 
Second round play. Tee times start at 8:15 a.m.

Awards and lunch follow play…  travel home.

Contact information

Denny Olson
Email: olsoncdc3@gmail.com