Hickory Golf Association

Region 7 News and Pictures, July 2016

August 04, 2016
Region 7 News and Pictures, July 2016 ImageThe 39th annual playing of the Heart of America Hickory Championship was played at Bright-Grandview Golf Course in Des Moines, Iowa, July 15-17.

Grandview is a 1902 design where nothing has changed except the trees, which have gotten taller and bigger! As usual a larger number of intrepid hickory golfers turned out for the event. They came from Colorado, Texas, Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri and Iowa once again proving that if Bill Reed hosts it they will come. As usual a great time was had by all golfers from super seniors (we prefer to call them "Statesmen") to high school age golfers. A trade show was held Friday and Saturday evening, with social hour and great food also each evening at the club. The raffle held on Saturday evening generated over $450.00 for the sign that will honor all Region 7 members at the annual GCS conference in the Poconos, and for a contribution to the Wee One Foundation, a charitable fund to assist golf course professionals who incur overwhelming expenses due to medical hardship.


There were a number of tournament competition divisions. The winners in each division are as follows:


Open Division
First Place: Gary Youngberg, 143
Second Place: Jacob Johnson, 156
Third Place: Eric Metzdorf, 167

Open Reserve Division

First Place: Joe Bodnar, 134
Second Place: Scott Johnson, 140
Third Place: Larry Krebsbach, 157

Senior Open Division

First Place: Mike Harding, 144
Second Place: John Hutton, 155
Third Place: Robert Fletcher, 166

Senior Reserve

First Place: Mark Larson, 126
Second Place: Denny Olson, 137
Third Place: Mike Pishco, 140 (won the three way tie, score card playoff against Chris Hardy & Ed Ronco)

Statesman Open Division
First Place: Max Hollon, 165
Second Place: Kelly Gay, 171
Third Place: Bill Reed, 173

Statesman Reserve

First Place: Peter Herrington, 140
Second Place: Lloyd Slinglend, 142

Scramble Team Event
First Place: Fisher, Piffer, Watson, Overton, 122
Second Place: Baylor, Luster, Copple, Ausen, 131
Third Place: Palar, Townsend, J Reed, J McKenzie, 133

Tragically sad to report but no ladies competed this year.  However, many ladies did grace us with their presence at the evening social and banquet.

Next on the Region 7 rota will be the Iowa Hickory Classic in September and the Fontenelle Hills invite in October.