Florida Hickory Open
May 23-24, 2022
BRADENTON, Fla. – Competitors made their way to Bradenton Country Club this week for the Florida Hickory Open, with four player rasising the trophy on Tuesday. Will Peterson captured the trophy for the second-straight year in Men’s Open Division, while Bailey Wiegandt won the Women’s Open Division. In the Stableford Division, Jeff Shafer took the victory in the Men’s Division, while Marci Likens was victorious in the Women’s Division. All four players won in wire-to-wire fashion.
In the second year of the Florida Hickory Open, players are required to use golf clubs from before 1935 as they are able to get a full understanding of how golf was played over 100 years ago.
After posting back-to-back rounds of 3-over 74, Peterson was able to cruise to an eight-shot victory. The Tampa native earned his second-straight Florida Hickory Open title.
Bradley Turner of Winter Springs, finished runner-up with rounds of 79-77, thanks to birdies both days on the eighth and 17th.
Wiegandt remained dominant in the Hickory Open as she was won her second title in as many years. After a first-round 93, the Kentucky native was able to post a final-round 84 to win by 16 shots. Her final round was highlighted by a birdie on her 17th hole.
Men’s Net Stableford
In the stableford division, Shafer was able to break out of a tie for first by having 37 final-round points. Shafer is no stranger to hickory golf with this being his third event using historic golf clubs in the past two years.
Women’s Net Stableford
On the women’s side, Likens was able to fend off Wells by two points to claim the victory. After getting off to a commanding lead of 11 points, Likens had her lead closed in on, but a par on the 18th hole was all she needed to seal the win.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Men's Open||5,636 yds., 67.9/124|
|Men's Net||5,235 yds., 66.1/120|
|Women's Open & Net||4,781 yds., 68.2/121|
Format: 36 holes of individual stroke play using pre-1935 clubs, or pre-1935 replicas (rental clubs are available)
Eligibility: Professionals & Amateurs. Males and Females
Handicap: Amateurs are required to have a GHIN handicap or a Society of Hickory Golfers handicap
Entry Fees: Amateurs $250 (FL resident) | $350 (non-resident)
The Florida State Golf Association reintroduced Hickory Golf to our membership in May of 2020. In conjunction with the Florida Hickory Golfers, the FSGA set forth to offer hickory club opportunities through our FSGA One Days and also dedicated hickory club only events. In addition to our hickory "play days", we are excited to announce the Second FSGA Hickory Open. We look forward to drawing amateur and professional golfers from Florida and beyond to participate in the Hickory Open.
Details of the championship are as follows:
- 36 holes of individual stroke play
- Must use pre-1935 clubs, or pre-1935 replicas (rental clubs are available)
- Championship Field - 96 players
- Open Division and Net Division
- Open Division plays for overall championship
- Net division plays net stableford
- Professional purse and amateur gift cards
- Male and female amateur and professional golfers
- Professionals must have a SSN, EIN, ITIN for tax reporting purposes.This will need to be confirmed before the entry deadline, or they will be in-eligible to participate.
- Minimum age of 16 years old
- Handicap - A GHIN handicap, or a handicap through the Society of Hickory Golfers, is required for Net Division
- Entrant is not required to be a member of the FSGA
| Amateurs (Florida resident)
|Amateurs (non-Florida resident)||$350|
|Professional (Florida resident)||$400|
|Professional (non-Florida resident)||$500|
Entry Fee Includes:
- Practice round with cart
- Tournament rounds with cart
- Player Welcome Dinner and Club Swap after practice round
- Player luncheon after round one
- Tee gift
- Professional purse for top finishers
- Amateur gift certificates for top finishers
Late entries are subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the field.
Entries for are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the 75% of the field is full. Entries after 75% is reached will be held and the remaining field will be selected by the FSGA Championships Committee. Once the field is full, entries are then placed on an alternates list in order of receipt and contacted if, and when, a spot becomes available.
Sunday, May 22nd
- 1:00 PM - Shotgun practice round
- 6:00 PM - Complimentary Player Dinner and Club Swap
Monday, May 23rd
- 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Round one tee times off of #1 and #10
- Complimentary players' lunch
Tuesday, May 24th
- 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Round two tee times off of #1 and #10
- Awards ceremony immediately following the completion of play
Men's Open Division: 5,500 - 5,800 yards
Men's Net Division: 5,200 - 5,500 yards
Women's Open Division: 4,700 - 4,900 yards
Women's Net Division: 4,700 - 4,900 yards
Estimated - based off a full field of 96 players with at least 25% being professionals.
$8,000 prize pool of professional payout and amateur gift certificates.
1st Place - $2,500 (approximately - Open Division)
The final purse with estimated payouts will be posted after the field has been determined.
Cart and Caddie Policy
Players must ride in a cart and their clubs must be transported on the cart. Caddies are permitted, but must walk.
Rules of Golf
The current Rules of Golf govern play with one exception: Rule 4.1b(1) - Limit of 14 Clubs is waived. Players may start a round with more than 14 clubs and add clubs during the round.
Permitted Clubs and Balls
The permitted golf clubs and golf balls mirror the Equipment Guidelines for the Society of Hickory Golfers.
Golf Clubs: Pre-1935 clubs or pre-1935 replicas. See more here
Golf Balls: Balls on the USGA List of Conforming Golf Balls or USGA approved balls that have been re-molded to replicate pre-1935 balls. See more here
Click here for more information on companies that produce replica equipment.
If necessary, there will be a hole-by-hole "sudden death" play-off to determine the overall Champions. It is the player’s responsibility to be present for any playoff.
Practice Round & Player Dinner
1:00 shotgun on Sunday, May 22nd (included in entry fee).
The Player Dinner and Club Swap begins after the practice round at approximately 6:00 PM at Bradenton Country Club.
Golf attire of the era is encouraged, but not required. Golf attire from today's age is acceptable.
Four players raised the trophies at the inaugural Florida Hickory Open at Sara Bay Country Club. Will Peterson took home the win in the Men’s Open Division, while Bailey Wiegandt captured the Women’s Open victory. In the Stableford Division, husband and wife, Richard Grula and Natalie Wells were victorious.
Exemption Earned from this Tournament
The overall Open Champion will have a spot held into the 2022 U.S. Hickory Open being held at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida on September 12-14. The player will be responsible for the entry fee and travel expenses if they accept the spot.
- Spectators and spectator cart policy - Click here
- Caddies - Caddies are allowed in all FSGA Championships except Junior events. The caddie MUST walk and the player MUST ride, with the player's clubs remaining on the golf cart. - Click here
- Championship Pace of Play Policy - Click here.
- Local Rules and Terms of the Competition - Click here.
- Championship Policies - Click here to read the withdrawal, dress code, and other policies.
- Procedures for Alternates - Click here for information on how alternates may gain entry into this Championship.
- Conditions/ Schedule - The FSGA Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee reserves the right to alter any of the conditions, provisions and/or schedules. The decision of the Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee in any matter will be final.
Host Hotel and Accommodations
There is currently no host hotel for this event.
Publicity and Promotion; Broadcasting
By participating in FSGA Events you grant the FSGA and those acting with the FSGA, permission, authority and the permanent rights to use your name or likeness for publicity and promotional purposes. Participants understand that all Media, including film, photographic prints, audio or digital files are the exclusive property of the FSGA. Participants in FSGA events waive their rights to inspect or approve all media produced by the FSGA and those acting on the FSGA's behalf. Participants waive their permanent rights to compensation for use of their name and likeness by the FSGA.
Bradenton Country Club accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express for payment.
Bradenton Country Club
4646 9th Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34209
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