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Sandy Lyle Wins World Hickory Open 2016 - Panmure Golf Club - October 10th - 14th 2016.


After two days of highly-competitive games between many of the world’s top hickory golfers, double Major winner Sandy Lyle has been named the World Hickory Open Champion 2016.

 “I’m delighted to have won my fourth Major,” joked Sandy, winner of the 1985 Open and the 1988 Masters and many other titles, including the World Hickory Open 2014. “It’s been a fantastic few days at Panmure with a great championship and great golf.” 

Joint runners-up were 2015 World Hickory Open winner, Andrew Marshall from Bawburgh Golf Club, Norfolk and Johan Moberg from Sweden. Rymer Smith from Buckinghamshire won the coveted Archie Baird Trophy, which is presented to the tournament’s top amateur golfer, and Switzerland’s Mauris Lauber won the 55-64 category, with Christopher Homer from Morecambe winning the 65+ category. The Ladies Scratch title was won by Swedish hickory golfer Brita Nord, while Ingrid Lind from the Emirates claimed the Handicap title. 

“Once again, everyone involved in the World Hickory Open, whether as an organiser or a competitor, has had a fantastic time in Carnoustie Country,” said Lionel Freedman, Chair of the World Hickory Open, as he presented Sandy Lyle with his trophy. “The enjoyment on everyone’s faces at the prizegiving is testament to what fun it is to play hickory golf, especially when added to the fun is the opportunity to play hickory golf on such a great golf course.”

To find out more about the World Hickory Open, visit www.worldhickoryopen.com. To find out more about the 34 Carnoustie Country golf courses within a 40-minute drive of Carnoustie Championship, including ‘stay and play’ packages, visit www.carnoustiecountry.com. There are 34 Carnoustie Country courses in and around the county of Angus, including the Carnoustie Championship Course. Carnoustie Country is Angus Council’s golf destination campaign and hosts golf tournaments, events working in partnership with the golf industry in Angus, East Perthshire and North Fife to promote the area as a world class golfing destination.


Note on Panmure Golfclub:

The great Ben Hogan spent two weeks on the Panmure links prior to the Open Championship at Carnoustie in the summer of 1953. 

He used the private nature of Panmure to acclimatise to the terrain, tight lies and the 1.62 inch British ball with which he was unfamiliar. 

It is reported Hogan requested to the Secretary that he be allowed to cut the 17th green to his specification in preparation of the event and returned the cleaned mower to the head greenkeeper once he’s finished! He won the Open by four shots scoring 73, 71, 70 then creating a course record with a 68 in the final round, his one and only appearance in the championship. 

The 6th hole at Panmure named after Mr Hogan is one of Scotland’s greatest par fours, semi blind tee shot to the undulating fairway followed by an uphill second shot to a tight raised green guarded by the bunker suggested by the great man himself poses a stern test. Hillocks and heather present the same challenge as the more traditional sand dunes but all three obstacles abound at Panmure and at the 6th in particular. Legend has it that when asked by the press after his victory what his favourite hole was, he replied the 6th at Panmure. 

Caption Image Sandy Lyle: 2016 World Hickory Open Champion Sandy Lyle with his trophies at Panmure Golf Club. 

Photo courtesy of CarnoustieCountry.com © Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

Golfcoursse Images: Copyright Panmure Golfclub