Hickory club tournament to swing into Victoria

Keldy  Ortiz

Feb. 18, 2014 at 8:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 17, 2014 at 8:18 p.m.

Michael Sloan got involved in hickory club golf nine years ago with a desire to learn another part of golf's history.

As he played more and more, he began to dress up for the rounds of golf.

Tuesday at a luncheon at The Club at Colony Creek, Sloan wore yellow and blue knickers with a vest and hat to match. It's an attire common among people who play hickory club golf. He hopes others will dress the part when hickory golf arrives in Victoria for a tournament in March at The Club at Colony Creek.

"Everybody has a modern set of clubs who plays golf, but not everybody has a hickory set of golf clubs," Sloan, who lives in Houston, said. "To play with a hickory (club) is a different skill level, too. The game is a little bit different."

Hickory club golf is a concept of golf played with hickory wood shaft clubs, similar to what the golfers in the late 1800s used to play with.

The tournament idea was brought to the attention of Claud Jacobs, who helped bring the event to Victoria. Jacobs believes the event is an opportunity for golfers who have not seen hickory club golf played.

"There are so many young players that are not familiar with (hickory) golf," Jacobs, who hosted the luncheon about the event at The Club at Colony Creek early Tuesday, said.

The tournament is scheduled for March 16.

"Once you kind of get into this, if you're really interested in it, then you're going to learn a lot of history," Sloan said. "There's a lot of golf history I learned in the last nine years that I would have never learned had I not got into hickory golf."

O.C. Garza, director of communications for the city of Victoria, believes it's a good idea to promote a new sport in Victoria, and the city of Victoria will play a role in promoting the upcoming tournament.

"It's not your typical golf tournament," Garza said. "Obviously, you're looking at something kind of different, and if you've been golfing a long time, you're kind of looking for a different way to approach the game. It's a way to bring notoriety to Victoria as well because there's not a whole lot of hickory golf tournaments in the state."



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