Pacific Coast Hickory Golfers


Future Events

November 9-10, 2019 - CA Hickory Open San Clemente
The CHO had been held since 2011.  The first two years were held at the 1925 designed Los Serranos CC.  2013 was held at the 1928 Meadowlark GC in Huntington Beach.  And since 2014 the CHA has found what could be it's permanent home at the 1930 William P. Bell (and son) designed San Clemente GC.  Since the move to San Clemente (with the exception of the 1-day CHO of 2018) this has been a 2-day contest.  

Entry form - CA_Hickory_Open.pdf
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January 19-20, 2020 - The Pacific Hickory Cup will be played again at the Gene Sarazen designed Shadow Mountain Golf Club in Palm Desert, CA.  This event consists of 3-rounds of golf in 2-days (Ryder Cup match play style format).  Both AZ and CA will have teams in competition for the Pacific Hickory Cup (possibly the best trophy in all of hickory golf!)

Entry Form - 2020_Pacific_Hickory_Cup_Entry.pdf
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March 21-22, 2020
-  Gutty Golf Spectacular 5th. Annual. 
Catalina Island CC

The 2018 Tournament was held 26 miles across the sea!  Catalina Island GC was the site for the 3rd Gutty Golf Spectacular (the first gutty event held west of the Mississippi!). 3 golf holes were made on the island back in 1892, and we can't think of a cooler place to be/play with the old old sticks.

Entry form - 2020_Gutty_entry.pdf
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Dates TBD - Morro Bay Clam Bake

Past Events

2016 CA Hickory "North-South"

Above: Kris Surano on the beautiful 12th Hole At Pacific Grove Golf Links
For all the info about the event, click below PDF file
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2016 Gutty Golf Spectacular

The first Gutta Percha golf tournament held west of the Mississippi was held in Lake Elsinore, CA at the Links at Summerly in March of 2016.  To read Auld Mac's story on the event:

2015 CA Hickory Open

The 2015 CA Hickory Open held at the 1930 San Clemente GC was another success.  The weather was great as usual in sunny Southern California.  Temps were in the mid 70’s and skies so clear that Catalina Island looked to be reachable with a well struck Brassie.  24 players braved the tough weather and playing conditions with SPF 50 and sun glasses. 

Saturday’s round was the talk of the event.  The format was 2-man scramble match play, with Auld Golf rules.  The ball was played down, stymies were in effect, and match play was welcomed with open arms.  Many of the matches were very close.  With drinks on the line, many of the matches went the distance.

Saturday night included the tournament dinner at the nearby OC Tavern.  We were not only treated by the tex-mex style dinner, but also a nice view of a rocket shot from a submarine from the Pacific in the star-lite night sky.  Of course, room trading after dinner is a must, along with the typical hallway putting contest.

Sunday’s round was back to the usual stroke play style to decide California’s Hickory champions.  The divisions were a little different this year, as we had 14 Senior golfers, 2 Open, and 8 in the Gutty division.  Congratulations to: Kris Surano shooting a 77 and tournament champion.  Ken Holtz SR champion, Rudy Kastelic SR Net, Eddie Breeden Gutty Champion, and Bob Wolfensperger Gutty Net.  

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2015 CA Hickory "North-South"

The 2015 North-South went off without a hitch.  Social festivities started the event off Friday night at Kris and Sylvia Surano’s Victorian Pacific Grove home.  Terrific snack and drinks were on hand, along with great company.  A special thank you to Erik Beer for bringing some home brewed “Stiff Hickory” beer to the event.

Saturday morning had overcast skies looming over the front 9 at Pacific Grove Golf Links.  The weather turned for the back nine with wonderful blue skies over the picturesque sand dunes and Pacific Ocean. Twenty-seven players from 7 different states took part in this annual event.  14 players on the North team faced off for matches against the 13 South players.  The two-man team matches were so close throughout, so close even at the end with the matches resulting in a tie, 10 ½ points to 10 ½ points.  After the matches were over, Closest to the pin and Bogey Award were presented.  Not long after, everyone was out and ready for the trunk trade show.  Some good clubs changed hands, and a great small headed smooth-faced niblick form Los Angeles found a new and happy owner.  The full day of golf festivities came to a close with the annual Hot Dog BBQ at Lover’s Point Park right at the beach.  Fun company and interesting stories from the day made for a great evening of day one.

Sunday morning saw the same great weather from day one.  With the matches over, hickory players would concentrate more on their personal scores for a two-day total.  13 players were in each division according to handicap for a chance to be top dog in the Walter Hagen (5-14 hdcp) and Bobby Jones (15-32 hdcp) divisions.  Congrats to Michael Scott, Dan Vordale, and John Sweeney in the Bobby Jones Division, and Steve Henneuse, John Boyd, and John Quickstad in the Walter Hagen Division. 

Closest to the pin winners = Larry Sonnenberg, Michael Scott, Dana Niehaus, Doug Richards.

Bogey Award = Dan Vordale

Once again, we hope to see you take part in next year’s event.  You can’t beat the great company, or the cool summer weather

Final Standings:

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2015 NS scoreboard.xlsx
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Bobby Jones Day 2015

March 17th, 2015 - The annual Bobby Jones Day at Los Serrnaos 1925 North Course.  New for this years event was the addition of "Medal Day".  Medal Day is an old Scottish golf tradition with everyone playing stroke play and competing to win the medal.  The winner of Medal Day is the Net champion of the day, and is no longer able to in the medal in years to come.  Jeff Miller was the inaugural medal winner, and will present next years medal to the 2016 winner.  Great playing Jeff!
Pictured from left to right are: Patrick Rynn, Dave McMurtrey, David Kramer, Dan Vordale, Eddie Breeden, John Boyd, Jeff Miller, Steve Earl, Larry Sonnenberg, Bob Keeler, and Kurt Olsen.

Inaugural Pacific Hickory Cup 2014 

The first Pacific Hickory Cup was played this July at the 1895 Gearhart Golf Links in Gearhart, Oregon.  28 players took part in this Ryder Cup match play style format.  14 players representing the CA team, 14 players representing a team from OR/WA.  Saturday morning saw AM Fourball play, followed by PM Foursomes.  The afternoon Foursomes were actually 8-somes, as we went out in groups of 8, though only 4 balls were in play.  Playing a round of alternate shot with 8 people on the hole was probably the most fun part of this event.  What a blast!
Sunday morning the Singles matches were on.  With the first group blistering the course in barely over 3 hours, a bit more time was needed for the other matches to come rolling in.  The team from the North edged a 1 point victory for the cup.  Though, you would never know a competition was taking place as most of the golfers were having too much fun playing this beautiful course and enjoying such good company.
Here is too a successful first Pacific Hickory Cup, and more to come. 

Chambers Bay - A post - cup round was played at the site of the 2015 US Open.  Chambers Bay plays tough, long, and has torturous greens.  Though, scoring can be made.  Michael Sloan made a 70 foot birdie on the par 5 8th hole, and a player from So. Cal shot a 9 over par 81 with his 8 hickory sticks. Great round guys!

2014 CA Hickory "North-South"

The 3rd edition of the North-South was held this June at the Pacific Grove Golf Links.  37 players teed it up on this beautiful seaside links.  This years weather was different than the first two, as cooler air and cloudy skies were around for most of the time.  The lower 60's weather did not dampen any spirits, and the golf course was in great shape.  The event kicked off Friday night with a wonderful cocktail party at the Surano home in PG.  The 1898 Victorian home almost seemed built for this gathering.  Saturday saw round one start at 8am, with lunch, drinks, and awards for the first day after the round.  Roberta Robbins hit the shot of the day on the closest to the pin 10th hole.  Her shot by that lighthouse hole finished just 3 feet 6 inches from the cup!  The team matches saw the North team win once again (with a very close match all the way through), and many could not wait for the trunk trade show to start.  Saturday night saw most make it out to Lovers Point Park along the ocean for a friendly hot dog bbq.  Good drinks and scenic views were a plenty.  Sunday morning and round two came early with an 8am shotgun start.  A lot of good rounds were played, with many people taking home trophies.  Jim Von Lossow stole the show firing 74, 76 for a 150 total!  Way to go Von!
Thanks again to Kris and Sylvia for opening up their house for the party, and for all the help.  Hope to see you all at next years event.
(Final results can be downloaded here) NS_roster_2014.docx
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2013 CA Hickory Open
Meadowlark GC, Huntington Beach, CA.

The 2013 CA Hickory Open (GCS Region 9) was held at the 1928 designed Meadowlark GC in Huntington Beach, CA on October 25thThe event actually kicked off the night before at the tournament hotel on Pacific Coast Highway in Sunset Beach.  Room trading, hospitality suite, and lots of beer were enjoyed.  33 Hickory golfers teed it up Friday morning for the 11am shotgun start.  Although the rounds started in overcast marine layer, the sun and blue sky came out after four or five holes to make wonderful weather and scenery.  The course was in great shape, and played perfect for hickory at just under 5,600 yards for the open division, and around 5,200 yards for the seniors.  Though the yardages were on the short side for this par 70, the course played a great defense with its small and dome-shaped greens that were running pretty quick.  Steve Henneuse was the tournament champ shooting a 73, and H.B. local boy Doug Richards took the low net (83/71).  The senior champ was Andy Cies with a very nice 78 (finishing birdie, birdie to win), and Wes Channell winning the senior net (83/62).  A delicious Italian banquet followed golf along with some great tournament prizes, raffle, and trophies.  Of course with this group, the hospitality suite back at the hotel was open as soon as the banquet ended.  Some more refreshing beverages soon followed, as well as some multi-floor hall way putting contests, and a mashie or two hit out to the sand.  Thanks to all that attended, and look forward to the busy hickory schedule out here on the West Coast in 2014.
2013 CA Hickory Open FINAL standings - CAHO_2013.xls
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San Francisco Bay area Outing
Oct 5-7. 2013

Over a dozen hickory golfers took part in this 3-day San Francisco Bay area hickory outing, with 6 golfers playing in all 3 days.  The weather was warm and perfect all 3 days, as we enjoyed the bay area's Indian Summer with temps in the 70's, blue skies, and great hickory golf courses.
Day 1 - 9 hickory golfers played the historic Lincoln Park GC in San Francisco with views of the SF Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge from many holes.  This course was perfect for hickory play as it is a short course, no forced carries, few bunkers, and every green complex can accommodate the low run up shot.  With all the great scenery, course playability, and history of this turn-of-the-century golf course, look for a hickory tournament to be held here in the future!
Day 2 - 13 hickory golfers crossed over to the East Bay to enjoy the 1914 Jack Neville/Willie Watson designed Diablo CC in Danville, CA.  Many thanks to Kris Surano for being a wonderful host for this day.  Not only was he able to get us 3 tee times on a weekend at this private course, but also hosted a small BBQ at his nearby home after the round.  From just under 6,000 yards, this course was also very hickory friendly, even with the smallish greens were rolling out quickly.  

Pictured L to R: (back row): Kris Surano, Gerry Stratford, Steve and Stacy Henneuse, Chuck McCollum,
       Sunny Tran, Bob Wolfensperger.
(front row): Mike Kosich, Dana Niehaus, Paul Tran, Erle Flad, Edie Breeden, John Sweeney.

Day 3 - 6 of our PCHGer's teamed up with 9 hickory golfers from the Half Moon Bay Resort.  Starting early in the morning witha crisp ocean chill, the 15 hickory golfers enjoyed a quick warm up and a beautiful Half moon Bay Ocean Course.  Views of the Pacific were seen from 16 of the 18 holes on this cliff top course.  The course played in links-style as there were no trees, lots of rolling fairways and undulations.  The greens were very fast as the course had a few weeks of non-stop sunny skies, cool mornings, and wind from the ocean to make every putt scary.  Thanks to Ian Larson for setting up the round, and getting his hickory guys to meet with us.  

2013 CA Hickory "North-South"
Pacific Grove Golf Links, Pacific Grove, CA.

32 Hickory Golfers made the trip to the Monterey Bay area June 21-23, 2013.  The event kicked off Friday night at the Surano's Victorian home in Pacific Grove.  Good food, drinks, and company were on hand.  Saturday morning was round #1 of stroke play and also the North-South partner match play event.  For the second year in a row, the North team was able to handle the South team, earning their medals and starting a streak to continue.  Round 1 leaders were Paul Biocini (78), Eddie Breeden (82), Kris Surano (83), and Ken Holtz (84).  Kris Surano won the closest to the pin on hole #10 at a distance of 3'2.  Terry Linton of Albuquerque, New Mexico won the Bogey award for his great play on the very tough 6th, 7th, and 8th holes.  After the round, a trunk-trade-show was held with some clubs being bought, sold, and traded.  Saturday evening was the tournament BBQ at Lover's Point Park in Pacific Grove.  Blue skies, nice temps in the upper 60's, good food, and  beautiful views of the coast and Bay were in store for the event, as the park is situated right on the water.  Sunday's round #2 was a good one with once again with a foggy front 9 and a blue and clear back 9.  Congrats to Senior Open and tournament champ Paul Biocini with a 2-day total of 154.  Kris Surano was the Open Champ firing a 162, followed closely by Eddie Breeden's 163 and Ken Holtz's 164.  Les Schwartz in his rookie event won the Senior Net and Michael Sloan was able to repeat as the Open Net winner.
Final results of the 2013 North-South is here:----------->
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2013 Inaugural AZ Desert Hickory
Wickenburg, AZ

37 hickory golfers participated in the first AZ desert hickory event.  This two day event was contested over the pristine Los Caballeros CC in Wickenburg, AZ February 16-17th.  The weather was great with blue skies and temps in the low 70's.  Tournament host Ken Holtz fired two great rounds (82-79) on this challenging course to take 1st prize.   Great fun, and look forward to the 2nd!

2012 GCS Region 9 Hickory Open
Los Serranos CC, Chino Hills CA

This years event was a big success.  We had 45 Hickory golfers tee it up on the original 1925 North Course at Los Serannos.  A good size of new-to-hickory golfers joined in on the fun and did quit well.  Players from Northern and Southern California, Arizona, Texas, and Canada attended.  Temps were in the mid to high 80's with very windy conditions.  Still, there were some really good scores out there.  Trophy winners were: Open - Jimmy Hill 1st with 77, Eddie Breeden 2nd with 79, and Kevin Gibbs 3rd with an 84.  Open Net - John Boyd 1st, Rocky Welborn 2nd, and Andrew Cies 3rd.  Senior Open - Chris Ream 1st with 82, Michael Kosich 2nd with 83, and 3rd Ken Holtz 83.  Senior Net - David Kramer 1st, Bob Jahnke 2nd, and Wes Channell 3rd.  Six of the mentioned 12 winners are new to hickory in the last year or so.  Three of them were playing Hickory Golf for the very first time!  

Click the link to see the full standings:  
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2012 North-South 

June 30-July 1 saw the inaugural Hickory North-South held at Pacific Grove Golf Links.  This two day event saw 20 Hickory Golfers participate in perfect weather on this original 1933 (front 9) golf course.  Golfers from Texas, Colorado, Washington, Northern and Southern California made the trip.  The Monterey peninsula is a very scenic place, and a large number of sight seers took the time to stop alongside Ocean View Blvd and the course to watch us, take pictures, and join in the pictures with us.  
The first day of competition saw the North team squeeze out a 1 point victory over the South team in best ball match play (similar to the Ryder Cup).  Gary Proctor won closest-to-the-pin award (4'2 from hole), and Hickory Golf rookie Bob Wolfensperger won the Bogey award for his stellar play on the tough links holes #12,13,14.  After the first round a trunk-trade show saw some brisk buying/selling/trading along with the social gathering and refreshments.
Round two saw some low scores lead by Kris Surano's 76.  Winners were Paul Biocini Senior division, Bob Wolfensperger Senior Net, Michael Sloan Open Net, and North-South Champion Kris Surano with a two day total of 156.  Kris will be back next year to defend the cup.  Next year's 2013 North-South plans to be even bigger and better.  Hope to see you for the 2013 event.

2012 North-South Participants
Back row from left: Doug, Brian, Rob A, Buck, Rob C, Wolf, Pat, Ron, Michael, John H, John B, Rives.
Front row from left: Sweeney, Paul, Erle, Dana, Darcie, Eddie, Kris, Gary.

Final Results for the North-South can be seen by clicking here:  northsouth_finals.xls
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*August 18th, 2012. 10 Hickory golfers teed it up at the 1930 San Clemente Municipal course with some good scores and good visits.

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