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2013 Belvedere Hickory Open Results and Tourney Wrap Up

 

The 2013 Belvedere Hickory Open Results

 

Open Championship: 59 & Under

Dennis “Marty” Joy 78 78 156
Roger Andrews 79 79 158
Ernie Ernst 82 80 162

Open Championship Reserve: 59 & Under

Steve Simer 67 66 133
Tom Mehigan 65 68 133
Jim Eike 73 70 143
Hugh Cameron 72 74 146

Senior Championship

Richard Bullock 78 74 152
David Brown 77 85 162
Ross Hays 82 81 163

Senior Reserve

Chuck McMullin 67 66 133
Greg Smith 66 69 135
Timothy Stroshine 69 67 136

Super Senior Championship

Bob Sippell 82 89 171
William Scheben 92 89 181
Michael Langrehr 87 96 183

Super Senior Reserve

Barry Markowitz 72 70 142
Dick Weller 73 71 144
Bill Engleson 71 76 147

 

 

Was a good time had by all during the 2013 Belvedere Hickory Open? Can you say “understatement?” The Belvedere Community of Charlevoix not only opened their club, but their homes to this year’s players and their spouses. And Belvedere’s remarkable golf course, designed by William Watson (ancestor of PGA champion Tom Watson), was in fantastic shape with tees and pins set to amaze and challenge the 2013 field.

Belvedere Hickory Open, Hickory Golf Hub

The 2013 Field for the Belvedere Hickory Open

The Open Division was a battle royale to the final hole with the three leaders- Roger Andrews, Ernie Ernst and Dennis “Marty” Joy- tied. But it was Belvedere pro Marty Joy who sank the winning putt on the eighteenth, defending his title.

Dennis "Marty" Joy successfully defended his Belvedere Hickory Open Title. Chuck McMullin presented the trophy.

Dennis “Marty” Joy successfully defended his Belvedere Hickory Open Title. Chuck McMullin presented the trophy.

Meanwhile, David Brown, Ross Hays and the Hickory Golf Hub’s own Richard Bullock battled hard for top honors in the Senior Division. But Richard’s Day Two score of 74 clenched the title, as well as making him the lowest scoring gross player of the Open.

Richard Bullock is presented with the Senior Division Trophy. Richard was also was the lowest gross scoring player of the 2013 tournament.

Richard Bullock is presented with the Senior Division Trophy. Richard was also was the lowest gross scoring player of the 2013 tournament.

 

The Super Seniors were in a pitched battle of their own with Michael Langrehr, William Scheben and Bob Sippell vying for top Belvedere and Society of Hickory Golfers honors. But by the end of Day Two, Bob Sippell had no less than a ten-stroke lead for a winning gross total of 171.

Bob Sippell accepts the Super Senior Division trophy. Bob won the gross division with a 10+ stroke lead.

Bob Sippell accepts the Super Senior Division trophy. Bob won the gross division with a 10+ stroke lead.

Not all the action was on the course, however. It’s a Hickory Open tradition –and a gracious one, at that- for a Belvedere member to host the Thursday night welcome party. Each year, the gathering is special and memorable. This year was no exception, as Bob and Bobbie Williams welcomed the players and their guests to their home which –oh, by the way- has its own lighthouse. This remarkable home is tucked away on a wooded hill with a terrific view of the lake, whether you’re up on the lighthouse walk or relaxing on the deck.

The Williamses hosted the welcome party in this beautiful Michigan hide-away, with its own lighthouse-style tower. Photo courtesy of Robert "Bob" Williams.

The Williamses hosted the welcome party in this beautiful Michigan hide-away, with its own lighthouse-style tower. Photo courtesy of Robert “Bob” Williams.

On Friday, while the players teed off to begin Day One, the spouses were invited to a homes tour of the Belvedere cottage community. Many of these stunning houses have been in family hands for generations, and their love of legacy shows. The “tour guides” were Belvedere residents who opened their own cottages for viewing, as well as organizing access to several others, each home unique and elegant.

A tree doesn't always grow through them, but each cottage is unique and is often passed on from one generation to the next

A tree doesn’t always grow through them, but each cottage is unique and is often passed on from one generation to the next

 

Friday night, the hospitality just kept coming as Belvedere pro Marty Joy hosted a cocktail party at the golf club. Liberal cash bar pours, an enjoyable local band and what was billed as “heavy hors d’œuvres” (but, please, let’s be honest. It was a generous and full feast) kept everyone smiling.

A liberally poured cash bar, great tunes, generous eats and memorable company. Can a cocktail party get any better?

A liberally poured cash bar, great tunes, generous eats and memorable company. Can a cocktail party get any better?

Likewise, the Saturday night awards banquet at the Belvedere Casino, with everyone looking dapper in suit, tie and cocktail wear. Mother Nature must have known how handsome the gathering would be, and didn’t want to be outdone. She shed the gray skies and drizzle from earlier in the day and dressed in a brilliant, sunny early evening. No doubt, she wanted to look her best for the group photo, too.

The Awards Banquet was a winner with everyone.

The Awards Banquet was a winner with everyone.

 

From start to finish, this year’s Belvedere Hickory Open was spectacular. To the members and residents of the Belvedere community and the staffs of the Belvedere pro shop and club house, HGH owes many thanks for a terrific weekend. And to all winners of the 2013 Belvedere Hickory Open, our heartiest congratulations!

 

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