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Monterey Hickory Classic
Del Monte, Monterey Pines, Pacific Grove

Oct 22 - 24th


San Francisco Hickory Open
TBD - Most likely sometime in Fall

2021 Monterey Hickory Classic
Oct 22nd - 24th
Del Monte GC - Monterey Pines GC - Pacific Grove GL



PLAYERS SIGNED UP as of 10/1 *Limited to 36
  1. Bob Keeler
  2. Brian Wiese
  3. Chris Odell
  4. Chuck Felder
  5. Craig Healey
  6. Dan Vordale
  7. Ed Horvat
  8. Eric LeBoa
  9. Dana Niehaus
  10. Hal Wilson
  11. James Bishop Edwards
  12. Jeff Lefferts
  13. Joel Harding
  14. John Francis
  15. John Sweeney
  16. Kris Surano
  17. Larry Rodenborn
  18. Mark Willie
  19. Martin Pool
  20. Matt Nelson
  21. Michael Scott
  22. Mike Kosich
  23. Pat Anderson
  24. Peter Camarena
  25. Rick Fitzgerald
  26. Roberta Robbins
  27. Skip Perry
  28. Steve Henneuse
  29. Steve Viskochil
  30. Tim Bell
  31. Tim England
  32. Vivian Arnold

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The NorCal Hickory group invites you to participate in the 8th annual Monterey Hickory Classic to be held Friday Oct 22nd through Sunday Oct 24th on the historic and picturesque Monterey Peninsula. This will be 54 holes of medal play competition contested over 3 local courses. A limited field of players, we hope you are able to join us and look forward to sharing this unique experience with our family of friends.


Friday Oct 22nd Del Monte GC – 11:00
Operated by the Pebble Beach Company and site of 2017 US Hickory Open, Del Monte is one of NorCal Hickory’s favorite local courses. With devilishly small greens and well protective bunkering, a premium on strategy is required to succeed here. The 1897 course is a perfect fit for hickory and great kickoff to the 3 day event.


Sat Oct 23rd Monterey Pines – 10:00
Just a few steps from Del Monte, this wonderful hidden gem is a blast for hickory. The course has recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation with perhaps some of the best putting surfaces in the area. Maybe a bit easy at Par 69 and a mere 4900 yards, everyone has the potential for a career day here, so expect plenty of fireworks in our Sat skin game!


Sun Oct 24th Pacific Grove – 11:00
While the much touted and picturesque back nine ocean holes steal the attention, the front nine’s strategic features tend to get overlooked. Course designer Chandler Egan might best represent the days of old in the hallmark green complexes of #3 and #4. The 6th was the opening hole in the 1930’s and remains as stern of a test today as it was nearly a century ago. A par 5 dead into the wind with an uphill then downhill dogleg approach, the precise shot from atop the knoll is as rich in shot value as any marquee hole on the peninsula. Introduced in the 1960’s by then 80 year old Jack Neville (Pebble Beach), the inward nine might be the easiest 9 holes anywhere under calm conditions. The “poorman’s” pebble beach and everyone’s favorite ocean links course, it is nearly a guarantee however, that wind will be the forecast when we reach the back 9 Sunday afternoon.


Costs = $225 - Covers all 3 green fees, Fri & Sat skins game ($650+ based on full field – Net & Gross + 2 K.P), awards and prizes. Prices have gone up considerably in the last year. What was $160 to play the 3 courses is now $200 (Mostly Del Monte with a nearly 100% increase).


We are exploring a few venues for a Saturday evening social & gathering. Sunday’s post round awards and celebrations take place on Pacific Grove’s cozy patio. All three courses have great grilles with a varied lunch menu.


NEW for the event, we will have a separate Senior (60+) and Open Gross division as per SOHG tournament guidelines. Both low gross winners will be deemed Monterey Hickory Classic Champions and their names added to our perpetual trophy. All other prizes will be awarded based on Net performance competing as one division.


Limited Field. Contact us to reserve your spot.
Steve Henneuse
831) 247-3447
norcalhickory@yahoo.com


Monterey Hickory Classic - Tournament History
2019
Open - Steve Henneuse
Senior - Mike Kosich
Net Champion - Rylee Stovall


2018
Open - Kris Surano
Senior - Tim England
Net Champion - Jeff Lefferts


2017
Open - Steve Henneuse
Senior - Willy Schlick
Net Champion - Erik Beer


2016
Open - Les Teuteberg
Senior - Willy Schlick
Net Champion - Willy Schlick


2015
Open - Orion Galioni
Senior - Kris Surano
Net Champion - Kris Surano


2014
Open - Steve Henneuse
Senior - Kris Surano
Net Champion - Stacy Brown

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2021 Apple City Hickory Open - Spring Hills

The 2021 Apple City was Michael Scott's tournament! From the first tee shot, (he was first off and first name listed atop the scoreboard), Michael was in full command of his event. There's a lot of work required to sustain an 8 year running tradition, but Michael volunteered to take up the mantle, charging forward with every thankless duty that was needed. Michael secured the tee times, made the bold decision to return to medal format at the not-so-hickory-friendly Spring Hills, mixed together the pairings, and formulated the just-for-fun relaxed rules that allowed competition from any forward tee. Whether overall net, closest-to-the-pin, or low gross, it mattered not which tee you played from. He even fronted $100 out of his own pocket for the fabulous wine bottle awards. In the end, the golf gods rightfully awarded Michael Scott as our 7th Apple City Champion with a fine 3 under (*4 under depending on which tee you play #2?) 68!

Skip Perry and Steve Henneuse both carded 76 gross. Skip impressing everyone with his introduction and first go around Spring Hills, took home the mammoth bottle of Valley Vista wine in a cardoff. Skip also knocked it to 9' 4" on the closest-to-the-pin 13th!

It was wonderful to reconnect with the familiar crew, catch up with our gracious hosts, course owners Amy and Jacques, and welcome new faces. The freshly oven-fired pizza was a delightful new addition to the event. Who doesn't like pizza?

The 2021 Apple City does not have any scorecards to be entered into the records. Most probably won't notice the absence, but a lot of work went into coding the SQL database to calculate silly things such as an automatically generated leaderboard that breaks ties, catches incorrectly added scorecards, separates net from gross, championship tees from forward or senior tees, as well as color coded hole-by-hole scorecards that light up with red birdies and the occasional green highlighted eagle. Such would be the case for Tim England's hole out on #18. Tim, according to our database, would be the first carded eagle in the tournament's history.

This event with its mixed tees, made it clear that the time is probably well overdue to have a separate Senior and Open division as per SOHG suggested guidelines. Expect the 3 day Monterey Hickory Classic set for Oct 22-24th to reflect such.

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Monday Fun Day @ Pacific Grove

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2019 San Francisco Hickory Open
Sunday November 24th, 2019
Presidio GC



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An elevated sand tee - Presidio Golf Club


The NorCal Hickory group visited the 1895 built Presidio GC for its 6th San Francisco Hickory Open. Once again mother nature provided for a chamber of commerce day despite the later than usual tournament date. Sunny skies and impeccable course conditions made for fantastic scoring.


Steve Henneuse (68) just edged out John Sweeney (70) for the championship title. Steve was also the low gross, carding a 1 over par 73.


Over the years, we have enjoyed great eateries to celebrate our post round tournament. This year we wound up at a fun dumpling joint the Bell family had been wanting to try out as well as Andy Trice's girlfriend.


A big thanks to the management and staff for their help in setting up our event. We can't wait to revisit this historic course.


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2019 Monterey Hickory Classic
Del Monte, Monterey Pines, Pacific Grove



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Congrats to Miss Rylee Stovall of Arizona, our 2019 Monterey Hickory Classic Champion, with a fine 16 under par combined score from Del Monte, Monterey Pines, and Pacific Grove!


-- SKIN WINNERS! Del Monte --
Closest to the pin #4 - Matt Nelson 1' 4"
Closest to the pin #12 - Ray Tokareff 15' 5"


#2 par4) Steve Henneuse - Gross 3
#9 par5) Matt Nelson - Gross 4 - Net 3
#10 par4) Jeff Lefferts - Net 3
#16 par4) Bob Keeler - Net 2
#17 par5) Steve Henneuse - Gross 4


-- SKIN WINNERS! Monterey Pines --
Closest to the pin #3 - Ray Tokareff - 4' 7"
Closest to the pin #11 - Mike Kosich - 6' 11"


#1 par5) Steve Henneuse - Gross 4
#3 par3) Ray Tokareff - Gross 2 - Net ACE
#5 par4) Steve Henneuse - Gross 3 - Net 2
#6 par4) Matt Stovall - Gross 3 - Net 2
#7 par3) Dave McMurtrey - Net ACE
#9 par4) Martin Pool - Gross 3 - Net 2
#10 par4) Jeff Lefferts - Gross 3
#14 par4) Matt Stovall - Gross 3
#16 par5) Rylee Stovall - Net 3
#18 par4) Jeff Lefferts - Gross 3 - Net 2


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Website code has been updated for 3 round events and the Hole-by-hole scoring results have been uploaded!
Congrats and thnx to all that played.


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Hurry Ed before that buck blocks your pitch shot!


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Erik and Tim observe Pat drain a long one at the Par5 6th. Roberta teeing off in background #5.


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Indian Summer Eve at PG!


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If you've played PG, you know this tee shot!


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The final round scoreboard is filled with excitement and up for grabs. Who will come out on top?


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Cozy Saturday night dinner


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Another John Sweeney hickory finish poster shot


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Rylee observes her dad Matt's form


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A routine tap-in for Roberta


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Martin Pool fairway bunker shot #8 Del Monte

update pending

2019 Western Hickory Match Play - Bend, Oregon
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The second edition of the Western Hickory Match Play, a three day match play event that roams the West Coast, found its way to beautiful Bend, Oregon. While the unusual Memorial Day forecast of rain, snow, and temps in the 40's threatened, we miraculously managed to avoid it all.


Friday - Meadow Lakes GC
Day One was a Medal stroke play qualifier with the two lowest scores making up our championship pairing who would then go on to play a 36 hole match (2 days). The remaining players were broken up into brackets of 4 based on their scores to play 18 hole elimination matches. Sue Tracy, Steve Malmquist and John Quickstad leapfrogged their fellow competitors to qualify as the underdogs and potential spoilers in the "next flight up".


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With winds gusting 20-25 mph, and water hazards lurking on every single hole, John Henry and Tom Tracy emerged our two top players shooting outstanding 74 and 76 respectively.


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Water on EVERY hole @ Meadow Lakes!


-- SKIN WINNERS! --
Friday - Meadow Lakes

* Tom and Sue cleaned house in Friday's skins game.


Closest to the pin #4 - Albert Bruno
#4 par3) Albert Bruno - Gross 2
#5 par4) Sue Tracy - Gross 3 - Net 2
#7 par4) Tom Tracy - Gross 3 - Net 2
#9 par4) Tom Tracy - Gross 3 - Net 2
#10 par4) John Henry - Gross 4 - Net 3
#11 par4) John Quickstad - Gross 3 - Net 3
#12 par5) Tom Tracy - Gross 4
#13 par3) Jim Von Lossow - Gross 2
#14 par5) John Quickstad - Gross 5 - Net 4
#16 par4) Sue Tracy - Net 3
#17 par3) John Henry - Gross 2
#18 par4) Steve Henneuse - Gross 3


Saturday - Juniper GC
Day Two signaled the start of match play as we tee'd off under glorious blue skies and dead calm conditions. The round would conclude with even stronger winds than Friday! Our two champions would round the day off with Tom Tracy taking a 2 up lead into Sunday's final. Sue Tracy was the big spoiler knocking out #2 seed Dana 4 & 3!


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Teeing off Juniper GC - Sand Tee Box.


-- SKIN WINNERS! --
Saturday - Juniper GC



Closest to the pin #13 - Ray Tokareff
#1 par4) Jim Von Lossow - Gross 3 - Net 2
#3 par3) Jim Von Lossow - Gross2
#4 par4) John Quickstad - Net 2
#9 par4) Tom Tracy - Gross 3 - Net 2
#5 par4) Martin Pool - Net 3
#9 par4) John Henry - Gross 4 - Net 3
#11 par4) Roberta Robbins - Net 2
#12 par4) Ray Tokareff - Gross 3
#16 par3) Sue Tracy - Net 2


Sunday - Aspen Lakes GC
Day Three finals found familiar grounds in two repeat matches from last year's inaugural Monterey event. Both would flip results with Ray Tokareff (6 & 5) coming out on top of Roberta Robbins and Steve Henneuse (2 & 1) just edging out Jim Von Lossow. A rubber match might be in order for next year's planned Paso Robles event. Martin Pool (3 & 2) was a repeat winner, squeaking by Saturday's spoiler Sue Tracy.


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Take notes! Martin is undefeated in both the Western Hickory Match Play as well as the COW Cup!


Not many get the chance to play 36 holes of match play outside of the rare golf club that still honor match play as the only way to determine their club champion. Fewer might get to experience the pressure of having a 36 hole match come down to the last hole as did Tom and John. A close match and exciting finish to the 2019 Western Hickory Match Play, Tom's final putt was conceded and deemed champion. Congrats!


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Tom and caddy Patrick


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2019 Western Hickory Match Play


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Restaurant @ Aspen Lakes was closed due to previous night wedding party. 9:00 AM - Egg bagels in baja's cafe... Tom had 2 beers.

2019 Apple City Hickory Open & Scramble
Pajaro Valley GC - Individual medal
Spring Hills GC - Scramble



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2019 Champions (left - right) John Swenney (photo bomb) - Tim Bell - Stacy Brown - Michael Scott - Jim Norris


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A big thanks to everyone who participated in our first event of the 2019 calendar, the Apple City Hickory Open & Scramble, and for helping grow this annual family-fun tradition! A few new players were introduced to the experience and we look forward to having them be part of future festivities. Thank you Jeff Butler, Gino Rinaldi, Greg Newman, Chris Bunnel, and Geraldo Loyola.


A special thanks to Ray and Marsha Tokareff of Ashland Oregon for the extra miles traveled.


And a big thanks as always to course owner Amy and her staff for their warm hospitality. We'll do it again next year!


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2019 Apple City Hickory Scramble - Spring Hills clubhouse 1911


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2019 Apple City Hickory Open - Individual Medal @ Pajaro Valley GC
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Steve Henneuse was deemed 2019 Apple City individual medal champion with a 2 under par 70.


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post round pizza party shenanigans


We'll do it all again next year!

writeup in progress

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Congrats to Jeff Lefferts of Washington State, our 2018 Monterey Hickory Classic Champion, with a fine 6 under par combined score from Del Monte and Pacific Grove!


-- SKIN WINNERS! Del Monte --
Closest to the pin #12 - Kris Surano - 4' 8"


#1 par5) Jeff Lefferts - Gross 4 - Net 3
#2 par4) Ray Tokareff - Gross 3 - Net 2
#5 par4) John Sweeney - Net 3
#6 par3) Steve Henneuse - Gross 3 - Net 2
#7 par4) Tim Bell - Gross 4
#10 par4) Steve Henneuse - Gross 3
#15 par4) Steve Viskochil - Gross 3 - Net 2
#17 par5) James Bishop-Edwards - Gross 4 - Net 4


-- SKIN WINNERS! Pacific Grove --
Closest to the pin #10 - Mike Kosich - 2' 6"


#1 par3) Steve Henneuse - Gross 3
#3 par4) Mike Kosich - Gross 3 - Net 2
#4 par4) Kris Surano - Gross 3
#7 par4) James Bishop-Edwards - Gross 4 - Net 3
#10 par3) Mike Kosich - Gross 2
#11 par4) Jeff Lefferts - Gross 3 - Net 2
#12 par5) Tim England - Gross 4 - Net 3
#15 par4) Steve Henneuse - Gross 4
#18 par4) Steve Henneuse - Gross 3


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2019 event will be held the week following the Lake Shastina COW Cup (Early October)