March 28, 2021For the third consecutive year, Boca Raton professional Jeremy Moe captured the John Shippen Cup to become the U.S. Professional Hickory Golfer of the Year. Jeremy toured the historic Temple Terrace Golf Course in 73, besting former champion Dylan Malafronte by four shots. On the Amateur side, Will Peterson’s 78 beat Bill Geisler by two strokes to grab on to the Oscar Bunn Trophy. Scott Bowles recorded a net 63 to earn the Heritage title. Turned out to be a great day with fantastic weather and enthusiastic hickory golfers enjoying a challenging day on the links.
January 24, 2021
Although a bit soggy, the first event of the Florida Hickory Golfers year started off in fantastic manner. Congratulations to Bill Geisler, Marci Likens, Rich Grula and Natalie Wells for putting on a great event. The winner of the gross trophy was will Peterson with a score of 71. The net trophy was secured by Tom McCray in a scorecard playoff with David Webster. On the Ladies side Marci Likens took the gross honors while Natalie Wells finished with the net award. We are off and running for Mount Dora and the 2021 season.
december 13, 2020
The Florida Hickory Golfers wrapped up 2020 with our annual championships at the Mount Dora Golf Club. The weather was outstanding and the course was in great shape. Congratulations to Will Peterson who has much of his game back after significant battle with health issues. Will’s 64 points edged out defending champion Mike Stevens by 2 points for the Stevens Trophy. On the Quota side, Earl Hines steady play resulted in Plus 16 overall and he takes home the Heritage Trophy.
September 13, 2020
Turned out to be an excellent day for golf at Lake Jovita Country Club in Dade City. The overcast sky kept the temperature extremely pleasant for this time of year and the course was very playable in spite of all the rain recently. Mike Stevens accumulated the most points and has built an insurmountable lead in the season-long Race to Mount Dora for the Stevens Trophy. Earl Hines put in another solid performance leading the way with 2 over and has moved to the top of the Heritage Trophy standings. He also teamed with Pat Sheffield to capture team honors.Also welcome to new member Nick Nugent.
August 16, 2020
In spite of a brief weather delay, the Florida Hickory Golfers enjoyed a nice outing at the Links of Sandpiper in Lakeland. Congrats to Earl Hines fresh off abdominal surgery registering a plus 11 and Bill Geisler accumulating 32 points to top the leader boards. We also welcomed new member Charles Johnson to hickory play as our group gets a bit bigger with each event. Hines also teamed with David Webster to win the blind draw with a plus 10 total.
July 11, 2020
The Florida Hickory Golfers teed it up at one of our favorite spots at Sara Bay CC in Sarasota. This was the site of the first 36 holes of the famous match between Walter Hagen and Bobby Jones in 1926. The Donald Ross course is still plenty of challenge for hickory clubs and the greens are every bit as tough as Pinehurst #2. Jacksonville’s Steve Powell accumulated 28 points to take top honors in the gross division while home grown product Gary Cole took net honors with plus 7.
Nice to see Alice Brown back out and welcome to Florida State Golf Association’s Aaron Skoviera who played his first full round of hickory golf acquitting himself very well with 21 points. Team honors went to the homers of Shawn Pierson and Gary Cole with plus 6, proving that local knowledge is an advantage. Special thanks to Gary who arranged food for us upon completion of play.