Golfers go back in time with Hickory Society challenge

Worksop Golf Club hosted the Hickory Golf Society. Pictured left to right are Ngai Sam, Richard Atherton (British Golf Collectors Society captain), Steve Webster (Worksop GC captain) and Ainee Sam (Worksop GC lady captain)
Worksop Golf Club hosted the Hickory Golf Society. Pictured left to right are Ngai Sam, Richard Atherton (British Golf Collectors Society captain), Steve Webster (Worksop GC captain) and Ainee Sam (Worksop GC lady captain)
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Worksop Golf Club went back in time on Monday, as their centenary year celebrations continued with a very different event.

The Windmill Lane club hosted a challenge game with 21 golfers from the Hickory Golf Society taking on 39 members.

Along with dressing in the appropriate attire, golfers had to get used to golf clubs that were approximately 100 years old, with Hickory shafts.

Club captain Steve Webster outlined the difficulties the local golfers faced on Monday.

He told the Guardian: ““It was a completely different game playing with golf clubs with hickory shafts. “

“Choosing the correct clubs with names like mashie, niblick or spoon was confusing at first but people soon got used to it.”

But despite the lack of familiarity with the tools they were using on the course, Webster’s members threw themselves into the challenge.

He said: “Worksop members took part in this event with great enthusiasm.”

“Everyone got dressed up and the costumes were magnificent. A good day was had by all.”

Secretary manager Alan Mansbridge added his delight at how well the day went.

“We had a fantastic day,” he said.

“The weather made it and everyone was full of praise for the event.”

The golf club began its celebrations with a glitzy ball earlier in the year, and will set aside an entire week in July for golfing events, including a competition for the captains of the Notts golf clubs, battling it out at Worksop for crystal.

Mens, ladies and junior Centenary Championships will follow, and a ‘tri club’ challenge with two other clubs celebrating 100 years.