2013 Temple Terrace Hickory Heritage Tournaments Wrap Up

& Championship Score Results

 

2013 USPHGC Full Field Scores

2013-TT-Champ-Results0000

 

 

The temperature wasn’t the only thing hovering in 60’s and 70’s during the 2013 Temple Terrace Hickory Heritage Tournaments. In both the Hickory Hacker Best Ball on Saturday and the U.S. Professional Hickory Golf Championship, scores in the 60’s to the 70’s took the awards.

Every year the players’ scores get lower while the popularity of this event keeps rising. For anyone attending, it is easy to understand why. Now in its fourth year, the Temple Terrace Hickory Heritage Tournaments weekend has grown strong legs. When organizers decided to meld the Hickory Hacker Amateur Tournament and the U.S. Professional Hickory Golf Championship into one gala weekend, complete with the 1920’s inspired Knickers Ball and Banquet, a unique and exciting hickory experience was created.

This year’s event received an added boost when the Temple Terrace Preservation Society announced that the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club was awarded a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, making this the only golf course in the United States to garner the honor. The festivities began Tuesday January 15th with the official ceremonies celebrating the National Register of Historic Places designation.

Photo courtesy of City of Temple Terrace

Saturday saw the arrival of Stuart and RoseMary Bendelow, a direct, living link to Temple Terrace’s heritage. Stuart Bendelow is the grandson of the “Johnny Appleseed of American Golf” Tom Bendelow, who designed the course.

Mr. & Mrs. Stuart Bendelow. Mr. Bendelow is the grandson of the legendary Tom Bendelow

The Hackers Best Ball Scramble on Saturday preceded the U.S. Professional Hickory Golf Championship on Monday, which re-creates the 1925 Florida Open played at Temple Terrace. And while the clubhouse may have changed locations over the decades, the course remains virtually unaltered in design since its creation in 1922.

This year’s tournaments resulted in some of the lowest scoring since the inception of the double tourney event, with the Best Ball victors bringing in a combined score in the low 60’s. Those Saturday numbers must have inspired the competitors during the professional championship on Monday. Paolo Quirici of Switzerland earned the honor of lifting the cup with an outstanding 74, with Richard Bullock and John McCann hot on his heels in a tie for second place with 75.

The 2013 USPHGC Champ Paolo Quirici

But Mr. Quirici wasn’t the only one smiling at the end of Monday’s competition. This year saw many players shooting personal Hickory Heritage weekend bests.

We at the Hickory Golf Hub have mentioned before that the Temple Terrace Hickory Heritage Tournaments weekend is one of our favorite events. It has continued to grow and improve thanks to the dedication of its many volunteers and the hickory-friendly atmosphere at the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club.

Heartiest congratulations to the 2013 champions and to everyone who made this year’s event a great one.