‘Wooden’ you believe it, 10 years of ‘WHO’

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The 10th anniversary of a world class heritage golf event is returning to Carnoustie later this month.

Carnoustie’s world famous Championship course will provide the venue for the World Hickory Open when it returns to Angus on October 20 and 21.

Almost 100 entries have already been received for this highly prestigious tournament, with hickory golfers from across the globe travelling to Carnoustie next month to compete in the World Hickory Open (WHO).

“So far, hickory golfers from 17 countries have signed up for our 10th anniversary tournament,” said WHO Director Lionel Freedman, who has watched the tournament he founded in 2005 grow in numbers and prestige over the last decade.

“In 2015, the WHO is expected to attract over 120 entrants, including many of the world’s top hickory golfers – and golfers of the calibre of none other than Master’s winner Sandy Lyle.

“Sandy won last year’s WHO 2014 and we are hopeful he will return to Carnoustie Country next month to defend his title.

“In addition, two former WHO champions, Rick Valentine, Master of Golf at Loretto Golf Academy and grandson of the famous Scottish lady golfer Jessie Valentine, and Swiss European tour professional Paolo Quirici are competing in this year’s tournament, alongside Alasdair Good, head professional at Gullane; top golf trickster David Edwards; former European Tour stalwart David Whelan; and Mike Stevens, multiple winner of the National Hickory Championship of America.

“Our 10th anniversary is going to provide quite a show!”

As a high number of golf professionals now regularly enter the WHO, a new trophy has been added to the tournament’s repertoire: The Archie Baird Trophy, which will be presented to the top amateur.

At the moment, a limited number of places are still available at the WHO 2015.

To find out more about the World Hickory Open 2015, or to download an entry form, visit www.worldhickoryopen.com.