4) Tournament Results
6) The Texas First Tee Hickory Championship
Championship Division (all entrants are eligible). Gross and Net.
Senior Division (age 60-plus). Gross and Net.
Statesman Division (age 70-plus). Gross and Net.
Women's Division. Gross and Net.
Four-Person Scramble (make your own team or committee will assign). Gross and Net.
Johnny Henry Award - Low net, 60-and-over, GCS member, man or woman.
Tad Moore Award - Presented to a younger player who demonstrates playing ability and a
respect for the traditions of the game. "Younger" is undefined.
Russ Fisher Outstanding Volunteer Award - Presented to the volunteer who goes "above and beyond" in performing his or her responsibilities.
Some of the 2014 awards
Johnny Henry Award
This award honors the memory of the late Golf Collectors Society Region Four past chairman Johnny Henry.
It is presented to the low net Golf Collectors Society (now Golf Heritage Society) member, man or woman, age 60 and over. Tad Moore, master clubmaker, provides an excellent hickory shaft club to the winner of this award.
Past winners of the Johnny Henry award:
2008 Chuck McMullin, Williamsburg, VA
2009 John Hutton, Lakewood, CO
2010 John Hutton, Lakewood, CO
2011 Tournament held in Dallas, TX
2012 Tournament held in Dallas, TX
2013 Tony Hoffman, San Antonio, TX
2014 Bill Reed, Des Moines, IA
2015 John Hutton, Lakewood, CO
2016 John Berggren, Kingqwood, TX
2017 John Berggren, Kingwood, TX
2018 Gino Narduzzi, Edmonton, Alberta
2019 Bill Geisler, Winter Springs, FL
The legendary Johnny Henry
The Swift Trophy Matches began as an informal competition between Canadian visitors and some local Americans. The informality continues... if there is an uneven number of registered players, it is customary to make one or more players "honorary citizens" of the other country to balance the teams. In 2016, the Swift Trophy Matches were played in an "East vs. West" format.
A few years ago, Onion Creek member Pete League approached fellow member Virgil Swift, a founding Director of Swift Energy Company, about underwriting a trophy to be awarded to the winning team (much as Sam Ryder did many years ago). Virgil, having lived and worked in Alberta, Canada for several years, happily agreed to do so and the result is a beautiful bronze sculpture of Harry Vardon by noted artist Michael Roche. If you look at our logo, the golfer figure represents Harry Vardon.
The Swift Trophy
(Michael Roche, sculptor)
The results of each year’s matches are engraved on plates on the base of this sculpture (in time for the presentation ceremony, by the way). The trophy is displayed in the locked, glass-enclosed case in the Onion Creek lobby. The USA leads the series 7 to 3.
In 2016, Canada was unable to compete and an EAST vs. WEST match was held.
Year Location USA Canada USA MVP Canada MVP
2008 Austin, TX 19.5 7.5 - -
2009 Austin, TX 8.0 19.0 - -
2010 Austin, TX 11.0 10.0 Randy Clark Troy Schnell
2011 Irving, TX 5.0 16.0 - -
2012 Irving, TX 16.0 14.0 - -
2013 Austin, TX 15.5 11.5 Mike O'Brien Dave Blocksidge
2014 Austin, TX 14.5 12.5 Chris Palar Kim Haley
2015 Austin, TX 17.0 13.0 Rob Ahlschwede Stephen Wong
2017 Austin, TX 6.5 17.5 Todd Johnson Marcel Valade
2018 Austin, TX 20.5 15.5 Hal Coward Ryan Galloway
2019 Austin, TX 13.0 8.0 Chris Hardy Ron Lyons
West East West MVP East MVP
2016 Austin, TX 6.0 12.0 George Barnett Mike Harding
Historical Medal Champions
Background: The roots of the Onion Creek Hickory Classic go back to at least 1992, when the Region Four, Golf Collectors Society, held a one-day hickory tournament under the direction of Texas' legendary Johnny Henry. Those tournaments were held at Grapevine Muni Golf Course in Grapevine, Texas. In 2002 (or thereabouts) Johnny Henry passed the Region Four directorship along to Glenn Hoeker who held a one-day tournament in the Houston, Texas area for two years.
The two-day format began in 2004 when Max Hill of Austin, TX brought the tournament to Austin's Onion Creek Club. Former PGA Tour player Rives McBee directed the tournament for two years at Los Colinas CC in Irving, TX. It returned to Onion Creek Club in 2013 under new Region Four Director Pete League's management.
Tournament Director Pete League completed his six-year stint as Region Four Chairman, Golf Collectors Society (now Golf Heritage Society) December 31, 2018. Michael Sloan of Houston replaced Pete as Region Four Director and serves as Tournament Chairman, handling all registration and financial issues. Pete remains Tournament Director.
CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION WINNERS
2004 Ross Kenny, Edmonton, Alberta, 155 (Onion Creek Club, Austin, TX; two-day format started)
2005 Mark Wehring, Houston TX, 153 (Doral Tesoro Golf Club, Fort Worth, TX)
2006 Ross Kenny, Edmonton, Alberta, 154 (Onion Creek Club)
2007 Randy Jensen, Omaha, NE, 156 (Onion Creek Club)
2008 Mark Wehring, Houston, TX, 151 (Onion Creek Club)
2009 Paul Biocini, Valley Springs, CA, 156 (Onion Creek Club)
2010 Randy Clark, Irving, TX, 150 (Onion Creek Club) CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION RECORD (TIE)
2011 Ben Plaunt, Edmonton, Alberta, 153 (Los Colinas CC, Irving, TX)
2012 Brenden Tomiuk, 75 (rain-shortened one-day event, Los Colinas CC in Irving, TX
2013 Benny Plaunt, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 159 (Onion Creek Club)
Ross Kenny, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 159
2014 Jeff Smith, Greenwood, AR, 154 (Onion Creek Club)
2015 Jeremy Wright, Houston, TX, 159 (Onion Creek Club)
2016 Jeremy Wright, Houston, TX, 150 (Onion Creek Club) CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION RECORD (TIE)
2017 Mark Wehring, Houston, TX 154 (Onion Creek Club)
2018 Scott Wimmer, Swansea, IL 150 (Onion Creek Club) CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION RECORD (TIE)
2019 Jeremy Wright, Louisville, KY 166 (Onion Creek Club)
SENIOR DIVISION (AGE 60-plus)
2008 Chuck McMullin, Williamsburg, VA, 160
2009 John Hutton, Lakewood, CO, 169
2010 John Hutton, Lakewood, CO, 163
2011 Tournament held in Dallas, TX
2012 Tournament held in Dallas, TX
2013 Curt Sampson, Ennis, TX, 154
2014 David Barnard, Austin, TX, 158
2015 John Hutton, Lakewood, CO, 150 - SENIOR DIVISION RECORD
2016 Michael Harding, Terre Houte, IN, 160
2017 Dave Dickman, Dennis, MA, 160
2018 Doug Shackelford, Dallas, TX, 156
2019 Bill Geisler, Winter Springs, FL, 153
STATESMAN DIVISION (AGE 70-plus)
2013 Pete League, Austin, TX, 164
2014 John Piffer, Indianola, IA, 158
2015 John Berggren, Houston, TX, 158
2016 John Berggren, Kingwood, TX, 152
2017 John Berggren, Kingwood, TX, 155
2018 John Hutton, Lakewood, CO, 154
2019 John Berggren, Kingwood, TX, 149 - STATESMAN DIVISION RECORD
2013 Kim Haley, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 199
2014 Kim Haley, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 189 - LADIES DIVISION RECORD (T)
2015 Kim Haley, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 189 - LADIES DIVISION RECORD (T)
2019 Natalie Wells, 192
Pat Hill, 3-28-2008, #11 North Course, 193 yards, spoon
John Hutton, 3-23-2013, #2 Original Course, 115 yards, mashie niblick
The TAD MOORE AWARD is presented to a "younger competitor who demonstrates playing ability and a respect for the traditions of the game".
2015 Jacob Johnson
2016 Jonathan Pilgrim
2017 Scott Wimmer
2018 Scott Wimmer
2019 Mike Ream
The RUSS FISHER OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER AWARD
2014 Wendy Marsh
2015 Jim Alston
2016 John Drake
2017 Ann Bedinger
2018 Gene and Staphanie Arnold
2019 Ben and Julie Campbell
THE INAUGURAL TEXAS FIRST TEE HICKORY CHAMPIONSHIP (2020)