The great Sir Bob Charles took his father’s 100-year-old cue to the inaugural New Zealand Hickory Open, and it was without a doubt one of the best. The 1963 British Open champion was a turning point on Sunday at Christchurch Golf Club, where 70 golfers. Some into boxers used pecans a century or more ago. The ball is played. The British Open fans can buy British Open Tickets from our website.
Charles the best left-hander in the world at his peak called the event “great fun”. But also found it “challenging” and said he and his teammates needed to get creative with their strokes. Bob Charles the best left-hander in the world at his peak called the event “great fun”. But also found it “challenging” and said he and his teammates needed to get creative with their strokes.
Bob Charles Participants of the Hickory Open
“There’s a little bit of everything, the good and the bad and the ugly. He joked Sunday morning after a foursome at home.”
Hickory sticks are not very forgiving and if you get it wrong you won’t get any results.”
Charles “surprises” himself by leading the longest teeing category on the morning of the 18th hole on Shirley Course. Of which he has been a lifelong member. “I must have hit about 245 yards and I’m very happy with that.”
On Monday, the eve of his 86th birthday, Charles kept six clubs in his Hickory-era canvas bag. Both clubs belonged to his late father, Ivor. Who was born in 1909 and started playing golf “with pecans” as a teenager at the Hororata Club in Canterbury.
Sir Bob reserved the middle irons and mashie but hired a different hickory putter and driver.
Participants of the Hickory Open play on a 2,700-foot nine-hole course specially designed by Charles.
They got into the spirit of the event, including Charles wearing a “Harris tweed jacket, cardigan, long sleeve shirt, tie and cloth cap from Highgrove”, the Prince of Wales’s stately home in Gloucestershire.
Charles raced in a 1922 chauffeur-driven Ford Model T and set up spikes “probably for the first time in 30 years”.
Much of the grounds use tackle from Christchurch Hickory Golf Club collector and restorer Stu Upton. Who hosted the tournament with former Christchurch Golf Club captain Glenn Bongartz.
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