Christopher 'Hickory' Homer with the Silver Salver of the English Hickory Champion
On Friday 29 September, a day with a stiffish breeze blowing across the illustrious links of Rye Golf Club in Kent, our very own Christopher 'Hickory' Homer survived a countback to win the Millennium English Hickory Championships with a gross 82. Had it not been for one moment's lapse at the eighteenth hole, a la Jean Van de Velde at Carnoustie, when he (Hick that is!) lost a ball off the hogsback fairway and finished with a seven, he would have put it beyond all doubt immediately! The Championships are in their third year and Chris played in them for the first time last year when he was second, as he was at the Scottish Hickory Championships.
Our hickory hero reckons that the course is probably the most difficult he has ever played with the hickories other than Carnoustie! The club once again provided a warm welcome to everyone and the Championship, under the auspices of the British Golf Collector's Society will be held there again next year.