Fourteen first semester students at Keiser University’s College of Golf participated in a scramble golf tournament using hickory shafted golf clubs during their recent History of Golf class.
Organized by PGA Professional Ken Martin, the students dressed in period clothing and used mid-irons, mashies, niblicks, and putters with hickory shafts to play the par-72 Park Ridge Golf Course in Lake Worth, Florida.
In the scramble format over 18 holes, 10-under par 62 was the lowest score posted by the threesome of Kevin McCarthy, Brett Cobb, and Aaron Barnett. Robert Libiszewski, Daniel Lussier, John Gaston, and Tuileva Taliau finished second with a score of 8-under par 64. Third place went to Stephen Bressi, Jonathan Bubholtz, Ryan Cronin, and Alan Gower with a score of 6-under par 66. Jared Bear, James Tesi, and Kenneth Burchett finished fourth with a score of 3-under par 69.
The opportunity to use replica golf clubs from the 1920’s provided students an appreciation for the skills and abilities of golf’s greats of the era. Champions such as Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, and Long Jim Barnes all shot incredible scores and won major championships using hickory shafted golf clubs. Overall, the experience was enlightening and fun!