94th Annual Oakland City - Hickory

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94th Annual Oakland City - Hickory

Postby Steve H » Fri Apr 01, 2016

94th Annual Oakland City - Hickory

Sweeney smudging fingerprints on the Champion's Trophy dating all the way back to 1923.

May 1st, 2016 - National Hickory Golf Day
Five National Hickory Golf Day ambassadors from the NorCal Hickory group represented in the 94th Annual Oakland City at Lake Chabot Golf Course. This event originated in 1923 with the first winners playing with the same wooden clubs we've now brought back. Winners of this event are a who's who of NorCal golf and include names such as British Open winner Tony Lema.

This year there were just over 140 players traversing Lake Chabot's hilly terrain. This is a very unique event on a very hickory friendly 1922 built course where very little has changed. There are other 100 year old amateur events, but most are exclusively scratch championships and would discourage hickory golfers from participating. Not so here at Lake Chabot. This event is very accessible to all including a Senior Net & Men's Net division.


A big thnx to the staff and fellow competitors for allowing us to share our love of playing hickory golf. We always meet the nicest people at this event. The surprise hickory division trophy that the pro supplied was a nice touch, Thank you.


Congrats to Michael Scott in winning the Senior Net flight with hickory clubs! He received a FREE entry into next year's event along with $150 gift certificate. Nice shootin! :)

The 100th year of this event is fast approaching. If you have the time and are in the area, you should consider playing in the Oakland City Championship. You'll have a blast.... we sure did!

Lake Chabot GC
1922 - Willie Loch

It has been great fun reading about the various activities each regional group did for National Hickory Golf Day. What a great idea Durel of APNational came up with to unite everyone. Look forward to being a part of this next year.

Update April 23rd:
Wishing the 5 hickory competitors luck in the 94th running of the Oakland City Championship this upcoming weekend. Kudos for stepping out of the norm and being the unique hickory golf ambassadors on National Hickory Golf Day. Hit 'em straight and show all those other 440cc titanium competitors how to have fun!

The brave hickory ambassadors:
Michael Scott
Kris Surano
Dana Niehaus
John Sweeney
Steve Henneuse

Par 3 9th hole: Just a wee bit downhill!

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Steve H

Re: 94th Annual Oakland City - Hickory

Postby Steve H » Fri Apr 01, 2016


94th Annual Oakland City - Hickory
Lake Chabot GC
1922 - Willie Loch
Saturday April 30th & Sunday May 1st

* National Hickory Day
Oakland, CA

1922 WPA-built clubhouse & practice green - Lake Chabot Golf Course

Cost = $105 - includes all green fees + awards/prizes.
Deadline appears to be Friday, April 22nd.
* Carts if needed are an additional fee to be payed at course.
Online registration entry form here.

Yes, you read that right. This is the 94th year of this event. The first Championship being played in 1923 with hickory clubs! A who's who of Northern California golf, winners of the Oakland City Championship include British Open winner Tony Lema. This is a super event held on a fantastic mostly unmolested hickory era course that is very manageable in terms of length, generous width, and other hickory era play style features..

Champion trophy going all the way back to 1923!

Downloadable entry form if signing up via mail/check:
94th Oakland City Championship.pdf

In filling out entry form details, please make a note that you are a hickory player. And let us know as well so we are communicating on same page w/ course.

Please sign up sooner than later if you are interested in attending so as to give the course a good indication of our active participation/enthusiasm.

  • 36 holes medal play (Sat & Sun) - USGA rules.
  • There are 2 flights you can sign up for Senior Net and Men's Net
    (both from WHITE TEES @ 5615 yards)
  • GHIN handicap required -- You will be competing against "modern day" players.
  • Separate Oakland City Hickory Award (supplied by course pending # of participants).
For Saturday, hickory players will play as a group together. On Sunday, the pairings will be based on Saturday's net scores (leader's)... meaning in all likelihood, you will be paired with modern players for final day.

post below in this forum thread, call/email us.
or contact pro Sieg @ Lake Chabot:
Siegfried Wroebel
General Manager, PGA
Lake Chabot G.C.
Touchstone Golf
510-351-5812 ext.7

If signing up via mail:
94th Oakland City Championship Entry.pdf
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"Champagne" Tony Lema - interview w/ Howard Cosell a few weeks before tragic plane crash.

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Steve H

Re: 94th Annual Oakland City - Hickory

Postby Steve H » Fri Apr 01, 2016

Regarding Lake Chabot's 18th hole par 6:

Guest wrote: What would 4 strokes less than par on a hole be called? A double Albatross? Has it ever happened in golf? A hole-in-one on a par 5? A 2 on a par 6?
That's just crazy talk... but for fun I googled it.

The 'Condor' - four under par for a hole

Scoring a condor is the rarest event in golf. This is normally a hole in one at a par five (a two at a par six would also count, but this has never been done).

Only four condors have ever been recorded:

The first occurred in 1962, when Larry Bruce drove into the hole over a stand of trees on the 480-yard dogleg right par-5 fifth hole at Hope Country Club in Arkansas, USA.

Another condor was achieved by "cutting the corner" of a dogleg par-5 by Shaun Lynch at Teign Valley Golf Club in Christow, England, in 1995, on the 496-yard 17th. Lynch aimed straight at the green with a 3-iron, clearing a 20-foot-high hedge and hitting a downslope on the other side, which allowed his ball to roll down to the green and into the hole.

A condor was scored without cutting over a dogleg by Mike Crean at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver, Colorado, in 2002, when he holed his drive at the 517 yard par-5 9th. This is longest hole in one on record, although it was of course aided by the altitude and thin air of 'mile-high' Denver.

The most recent condor was achieved in Australia by 16 year old Jack Bartlett on the 467 metre par-5 17th at Royal Wentworth Falls Country Club, NSW, Australia, on November 3, 2007.

A condor is also known as a triple-eagle or a double-albatross, although these terms are, of course, mathematically incorrect.

There is no other explanation for the name 'condor' apart from its continuation of the 'bird' theme in naming under-par scores, and the size of the bird becoming bigger as the score gets lower (birdie - eagle - albatross - condor).

So there you have it... A Condor!

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Re: 94th Annual Oakland City - Hickory

Postby pg.hickory.man » Wed Apr 20, 2016

OK, I signed up today. How many hickory players will there be? If we have 5, will they split us up 2-3 in the first round, or make one of us play solo with modern players?

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Re: 94th Annual Oakland City - Hickory

Postby Steve H » Sat Apr 23, 2016

Kris, we have 5 seasoned veterans signed up (unless some surprise hickory entry through course). Four of you in the Senior Net division and myself in the Men's Net. I talked with the pro and he said 137 players had signed up for this year's event so it will be foursomes throughout. I have asked that the four of you be paired together on Saturday and we can expect the official starting times to be posted/sent out by the course sometime next week.

Senior - Net:
Michael Scott
Dana Niehaus
Kris Surano
John Sweeney

Men's - Net:
Steve Henneuse

This is the 94th year of this event and there is no other similar historical tournament anywhere that you as a hickory player can participate in that I know of. This is very special that we are allowed to do what we are doing. Be sure to thank the staff, organizers, and volunteers for their work.

Going to be a lot of fun. I am excited and looking forward to the grind of making as many pars as I can all the while chuckling a bit inside when my fellow modern technology competitors get into trouble with their 440cc titanium latest-and-greatest contraptions. .. And if one of us should happen to win our flight, we get free entry for next year's event. :)

Good luck to you guys and we'll see you on Saturday!

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Paul Powers

Re: 94th Annual Oakland City - Hickory

Postby Paul Powers » Sat Apr 23, 2016

great video of Tony Lema. Get a close up picture of trophy with his name if you can. Good luck to you al

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Steve H

Re: 94th Annual Oakland City - Hickory

Postby Steve H » Tue May 03, 2016

Paul, here's a picture of Sweeney smudging his fingerprints on the historic trophy. 1953 was the year Tony Lema won. Here's breakdown:
Extended details:
1923 - Bob Jackson
1932 - Roy Wiggins
1933 - Stuart Hawley
1934 - Roy Wiggins
1935 - Justin Oscamou
1936 - Frank Russ
1937 - Phil Gordon
1938 - Phil Gordon
1939 - Phil Gordon
1940 - Stuart Hawley
1941 - Phil Gordon
1942 - Ralph Hoffman
1943 - Ralph Hall
1944 - Ralph Hall
1945 - Henry Suico
1946 - Tal Smith
1947 - Henry Suico
1948 - Clarence Costa
1949 - Ed Addiego
1950 - Ralph Hall
1951 - Ralph Hall
1952 - Jerry Kroeckel
1953 - Tony Lema
1954 - Tom Fry
1955 - Jerry Kroeckel
1956 - Bob Seawell

Tournament changed to Medal play in 1957
1957 - Steve Stimac
1958 - Elmer Clites
1959 - John Lotz
1960 - Cliff Davis
1961 - Phil Gordon
1962 - Ron Cerrudo
1963 - Dick Lotz
1964 - Ron Cerrudo
1965 - Bob Boldt
1966 - Guy Bill
1967 - Ron Cerrudo
1968 - Bob Blomberg
1969 - Gary Venier
1970 - Henry Suico
1971 - Sandy Galbraith
1972 - Bob Blomberg
1973 - Ashley Smith
1974 - Mike Powers
1975 - Lamar Bass
1976 - Rod Velasquez
1977 - Bob Blomberg
1978 - Steve Gazzaneo
1979 - Mike Rubio
1980 - Bob Blomberg
1981 - Mike Spellman
1982 - Bob Blomberg
1983 - Ashley Smith
1984 - Pat Lay
1985 - Gary Vanier
1986 - John Childs
1987 - Bob Blomberg
1988 - Jeffrey Wood
1989 - Frank Mazion
1994 - Rod Souza
1995 - Joe Cabrera
1996 - Don Yi
1997 - Jay Lignell
1998 - Frank Sarubbi
2008 - Kevin Wentworth
2009 - Jeff Murphy
2010 - Randy Haag
2011 - Carlos Briones
2012 - Taylor Hobin
2013 - Evan Dunbrack
2014 - Michael O'Brien
2015 - Ryan Sloane
2016 - Ryan Sloane

L-R: Dana, John, Steve, Kris, Michael

1st Place Senior Net - Michael

Surprise "hickory" trophy supplied by tournament. Thank you.

... and 1 disheveled player. Lake Chabot is a tuff walk.

Big thnx to the staff @ Lake Chabot for hosting our hickory group. Always meet the coolest people at this event and look forward to doing it again next year.

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Paul Powers

Re: 94th Annual Oakland City - Hickory

Postby Paul Powers » Wed May 04, 2016

I find it interesting that the format was match play when Lema won. Wonder how many days it took to crown a winner. Thanks for posting the tournament breakdown.

Good job Michael with your win and free entry for 2017! Your competitors will be eager to see you next year. :lol:

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Steve H

Re: 94th Annual Oakland City - Hickory

Postby Steve H » Mon May 23, 2016

Lake Chabot finally got around to posting their results:

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Championship - Ryan Sloane defended his title.
Our own Orion Galioni finished tied for 6th & $90 gift certificate.

Sr. Championship
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Sr. Championship

Sr. Net
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Sr. Net - Michael Scott won free entry next year + $150 gift certificate.

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Net - I managed to squeeze out a 3rd place & $90 gift certificate.

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