Craigowan GC, Woodstock, Ontario, June 18, 2018
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The second event of the 2018 Ontario Hickory Tour was played at Craigowan Golf Club in Woodstock, Ontario on Monday June 18th 2018. 25 players registered for this event. Unfortunately seven cancelled during the week before the event, and two failed to show up on the day. On the other hand, one player who wasn't registered turned up on the day. So we actually had 17 players participating, 13 in the Bobby Jones (post-1900) Division, and 4 in the Old Tom Morris (pre-1900) Division.
This one was a bit of a nail-biter, as the weather forecast called for temperatures in the 30s, and an extremely high humidex, making it 'feel like' the 40s. Thunder storms were also predicted as increasingly likely as the day progressed. So all-in-all we started the day thinking that we'd be lucky if everyone could finish their round, and that the whole thing could be rather gruelling.
As it turned out, things were much better than expected. We did have some heavy rain, coming in a little while after the last group teed off. But it only lasted for about 20 minutes. We sat it out, sheltering as best we could. The horn to warn us to leave the course never went off. Once the rain stopped we resumed play. One or two had got soaked, and went back in to change clothes, but generally we got under way again pretty directly, and overall the delay was not great.
Once that initial rain stopped, we did not get any more until well after all groups had finished play (it did come down again very heavily at the end of the afternoon). And because of the overcast weather, with a bit of wind, the heat and humidity did not turn out to be at all stifling. In fact playing conditions were quite pleasant.
So... even though it looked like a potential disaster, in fact the day was quite a success, and I believe everyone present had a good time.
The course itself was in great shape, the facilities excellent, and the management and staff were very welcoming. Bobby Jones (post-1900) players went from the red tees, for a playing length of around 5,000 yards, and we put out special custom 'pink' tees for the Old Tom Morris (pre-1900) players, reducing the playing length to around 4,300 yards.
Bruce Del Guidice was the winner for the day in the Bobby Jones (post-1900) Division, with a fine round of 72, just one over par, and 58.1 Modified Stableford points; runner-up was Lorne Emery, with a round of 84 and 46.1 points. Bill Southall, who won the Old Tom Morris (pre-1900) Division at the previous Tour event at Oak Gables, was once again the winner for the day in that division, with a round of 85 and 43.3 points; runner-up, again, was Jim Palk, with a round of 86 and 42.3 points. Note that points for players in each Division are calculated separately, based on the average hole stroke scores of all players in that Division.
$12.90 was received in the donation jar for Tour expenses (no registration fee is charged for Tour events). Thanks to all who contributed.
Although an organised meal was not included in the event, the players, some of them accompanied by wives or other non-playing guests, gathered in the Heritage Room in the Craigowan clubhouse after play for drinks and food from the menu.
When the last of us finally left, the rain was coming down hard.
Thanks, once again, to Frank Collis for his wonderful work taking pictures at this event - as he has done at so many events before.
A good group enjoying a drink, including photographer Frank Collis (camera deputed)