Brechin photographer captures hickory launch

Catriona Matthew and Rick Valentine are pictured at the launch of the World Hickory Open 2013.

Catriona Matthew and Rick Valentine are pictured at the launch of the World Hickory Open 2013.

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A Brechin photographer travelled back in time when he photographed a top British woman’s golfer at Montrose Links.

Frank Horrocks, a member of the Brechin Photographic Society, saw Catriona Matthew launch the World Hickory Open 2013 with reigning champion Rick Valentine.

The duo battled it out over three holes to launch the World Hickory Open 2013, which takes place in Montrose on October 1 and 2, with Valentine narrowly beating Matthew.

Carnoustie County ambassador Matthew was crowned British Women’s Open champion in 2009.

And she swapped her state-of-the-art golf clubs for hickory-shafted golf clubs which are exact replicas of those used 100 years agol.

In keeping with the spirit of the World Hickory Open, she wore a golfing outfit similar to those worn by lady golfers in the early 20th century.

As the winner of last year’s World Hickory Open, Valentine is returning to Montrose in October to defend his title.

Entry to the 2013 World Hickory Open costs £250 per golfer. This includes an optional warm-up round on Monifieth Medal, two rounds on Montrose Medal during the tournament, the possibility of a place in the Ryder Cup style competition that will be played at Arbroath on Thursday, October 3, hire of hickory-shafted clubs and the gala prizegiving dinner.

Places are still available and no experience of hickory golf is necessary.

To find out more, or to download an entry form, visit www.worldhickoryopen.com.