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Lawrence Country Club celebrating its Centennial with Unique Event

Hickory golf clubs are coming to the Lawrence Country Club Thursday, May 8. Part of the club’s 100th anniversary celebration, a 9-hole scramble tournament will be held in the afternoon.

The hickory shafted clubs and balls used in the 1920’s are being provided by playhickorygolf.com, a national company which accommodates similar tournaments throughout the U.S.

The tourney will be open first to the club membership and will be limited to 40 players. “We will open it up to non-members if we don’t have a full field,” says Kristen Samp, head professional. “And if we get a big response we may be able to add a few players. We’re also encouraging players to dress in that time period with Plus Fours and argyle socks.”  Golf apparel from that era is available at golfknickers.com.

Hickory clubs were made popular by the legendary Bobby Jones, who reportedly went through 1,000 clubs before commissioning his first set of custom playing irons. “Finding a set of clubs like those Bobby Jones played with is very rare,” says playhickorygolf.com’s website. “Most sets were broken up and sold individually or just lost over time so we searched all of the top collectors to find a matching set. After countless hours of modeling and fine tuning, we are able to provide clubs that Bobby Jones would have been proud to play.”

A set of hickory shafted irons includes a 3 through 9, pitching wedge, sand wedge and putter. Loft varies from 22 degrees to 56 degrees. “There is no greater feeling in the world of golf then hitting a hickory iron pure,” said playhickorygolf.com.

Further information on Lawrence Country Club or the tournament is available at www.lawrencecountryclub.com or by calling the pro shop at (785) 843-2938.