About the 2022 tournament

 

COVID-19 AND THE ONION CREEK HICKORY CLASSIC

The 2022 OCHC is scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 24, 25 and 26, 2022.

While City of Austin COVID restrictions are less restrictive than during the past year or two, we would expect that everyone, while indoors, will exercise common sense.  I believe that essentially all of us are vaccinated, lessening our common risk of infection.

The location for the banquet is the Onion Creek Ballroom, located at 9941 Old Lockheart Road (see map). 

We are planning to have the usual Hospitality Room at the Comfort Suites Hotel in Buda, TX.  All participants are asked to use good judgement regarding COVID-19 safety precautions.

 

Some terrific news: I learned this week that noted golf instructor, Chuck Cook, has agreed to be our 2022 guest speaker. Chuck will be the SIXTH Texas Golf Hall of Fame member to address our hickory group, joining

DATES  

Thursday, March 24, 2022: 

       Swift Trophy Matches.   USA vs. CANADA   

Friday, March 25, 2022:       

       2nd Annual Texas First Tee Hickory Championship

 

Friday and Saturday, March 25 & 26, 2022:  

       36-hole medal-play Onion Creek Hickory Classic

LOCATION (see map)

Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas

EQUIPMENT

All players will use hickory-shaft clubs.   Equipment will conform to Society of Hickory Golfers guidelines (click here for more information)

 

Hickory club rentals, Contact Bill Reed at 515-490-5159 or wreedassociates@aol.com.

 

DEADLINE for ENTRIES

March 21, 2022

DEADLINE FOR HOTEL SPECIAL TOURNAMENT RATE & TO CANCEL RESERVATION WITHOUT PENALTY:

March 13, 2022

Entrants gathered in front of the putting green.

TRADITIONAL GOLF ATTIRE

Recommended and encouraged

COMPETITIVE CATEGORIES 

(see Competitive Categories)

2nd ANNUAL TEXAS FIRST TEE HICKORY CHAMPIONSHIP. 

Contact Jennifer MacCurrach, Executive Director, of the First Tee of Austin, at           

512-751-9351 or jmaccurrach@firstteeaustin.org for more information.   

   

All Texas First Tee chapters are invited to participate.

AWARDS

(click here to see more on awards)

RULES

(click here to see more on rules)

PRACTICE ROUNDS

Coming to Austin early and want to get in a practice round?  Contact Pete League at 

512-694-9904 or league1967@gmail.com for help in making arrangements at Onion

Creek Club or at another local course.

   

2022 ONION CREEK HICKORY CLASSIC FEES

   Thursday, 3/24/2022 only

       Swift Trophy (Note 1)                                                   $125 

 

   Friday, 3/25/2022

       Texas First Tee Hickory Championship (Note 2)         ------ 

  

   Friday & Saturday 3/25 & 3/26/2022 ONLY             

       Medal Play Tournament (Note 5)                                 $250

  Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 3/24 thru 3/26/2021

       Swift Trophy & Medal Play Tournament (Note 5)       $350

 

NOTE 1

Includes registration, green fee, cart, range balls, box-lunch 

each day, hospitality room (with plenty of beer, wine and snacks),  

keg beer after each round, and all awards

NOTE 2

Contact The First Tee of Austin (Jennifer MacCurragh) at 512-751-9351

or jmaccurrah@thefirstteeaustin.org

NOTE 3 (ONION CREEK CLUB MEMBERS)

Onion Creek Club members: contact Pete League at 512-694-9904 for entry fees. 

                                                        

NOTE 4 (CANADIANS)

$75.00 Discount for all Canadians playing the medal play tournament.

NOTE 5

Includes registration, green fee, cart, range balls, box-lunch 

each day, hospitality room (with plenty of beer, wine and snacks),  

keg beer after each round, both Friday and Saturday meals and all awards

HANDICAPS

Players are encouraged to join the Society of Hickory Golfers and to establish a hickory handicap.  If a player does not have a hickory handicap, his or her regular handicap will be used without adjustment according to Society of Hickory Golfers guidelines.

 

TOURNAMENT HOTEL

We have a block of rooms at the Comfort Suites Hotel in Buda, Texas.  It is located on the northeast quadrant of Interstate 35 and Main Street in Buda, Texas (near the McDonald's restaurant).  The hotel is a five-minute drive from the Onion Creek Club parking lot. 

The rate is $109. per room.

For reservations,

     Call 512-295-8600 before March 13, 2022, to get this rate.

     Book your room online using Comfort Suites Hotel Buda.

DO NOT CALL the hotel's 800 number.  

 

To cancel a reservation, call 512-295-8600 by March 13, 2022. 

You are urged to make your hotel reservation as early as possible.   The Austin hotel picture is getting weird.  Rooms may be limited.

REPEAT:  MARCH 13, 2022, IS THE DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS AT THE $109 RATE AND FOR CANCELING A RESERVATION WITHOUT PENALTY.

HOSPITALITY ROOM AT THE HOTEL

The hotel hospitality room will open on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at around 5:00 PM.  We have the room to ourselves through Saturday.

ONION CREEK CLUB FACILITIES

The Onion Creek Club locker rooms are open to all hickory players and there are no restricted areas.  Players are expected to follow the same dress code as OCC members when using the clubhouse facilities, e.g., casual golf attire, no jeans or cargo pants, no tee-shirts.  Jackets are not required.   Gentlemen are expected to have shirts tucked in and to remove hats while indoors

 

"A gentleman will remove his hat while indoors."  Arnold Palmer.

TRADING TABLES

 

There will be trading tables available in the hospitality room and starting at 5pm at the Friday night banquet (free of charge, but you must order your trading tables in advance).

SILENT AUCTION

Mobile Loaves & Fishes SILENT AUCTION items will be on display and open for bidding throughout the week.

THE VARDON JACKET

Returning past Champions, who have not previously received a Vardon Jacket, will receive their jacket at the Friday night banquet.

THURSDAY - FOLLOWING GOLF

"On your own" for dinner.

FRIDAY - FOLLOWING GOLF

Trading tables and awards dinner for Swift Trophy Matches and Texas First Tee Hickory Championship (details to be announced).

SATURDAY - FOLLOWING GOLF

The Lone Star Model A Ford Club will again show some of it's wonderful 1928-1931 vintage automobiles behind the 18th green.

Awards presentation and informal cookout will take place behind the 18th green (or on the veranda if we have inclement weather).

GUEST SPEAKER:   

Chuck Cook, internationally recognized golf teacher and member of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. Chuck will join other Texas Golf Hall of Fame members (in alpha order) Joe Black, Robin Burke, Charlie Epps, Bill Eschenbrenner, and Kathy Whitworth as a speaker at our tournament.

PREVIOUS GUEST SPEAKERS

 

2006  John Paul Cain and Rives McBee (PGA Senior Tour professionals)

 

2007  Joe Black (former PGA of America president, a 48-year rules official at the      Masters Tournament, former director of the PGA Tour, and former Chairman of the Ryder Cup, among many  other distinguished achievements)

 

2008  Randy Russell (noted golf course architect)

 

2009  Dr. Gary E. Wood (former member of the Federal Reserve Board and distinguished financial/economics authority)

 

2010  Curt Sampson (golf writer and best-selling author)

 

2011  Bill Reed (President, Golf Collectors Society)

 

2012  Jim Apfelbaum (golf writer and radio personality)

 

2013  Pat Wheeler  (golf writer and radio personality)

 

2014  Terry Todd, Ph.D. (Director, Stark Center, University of Texas at Austin), and

          Cindy Slater (Associate Director, Library Services, Stark Center)

 

2015  Charlie Epps (golf professional, coach of  Masters and U. S. Open Champion Angel Cabrerra, member of Texas Golf Hall of Fame) 

2016  Bill Eschenbrenner (former head golf professional at El Paso Country Club for 40 years, member of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame and the PGA of America Hall of Fame)

2017  Kevin Robbins (author of Harvey Penick, the Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf.  Kevin has since published The Last Stand of Payne Stewart.  Both books have won the USGA's Herbert Warren Wind Award for the best golf book of the year.)

2018  Robin Burke (of Champions Golf Club in Houston, TX.  Member of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, Captain of the 2016 United States Curtis Cup Team, and key player in managing the 2020 United States Women's Open Championship.)

2019  Kathy Whitworth (the most successful woman golfer in history!!!)  Kathy is the fifth member of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame to serve as our guest speaker.

2020  Tournament cancelled (COVID)

2021  No banquet/no speaker (COVID)

2022  Chuck Cook (internationally recognized golf teacher and member of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame.)

OFFICIAL CHARITY

Mobile Loaves & Fishes of Austin, Texas is our official charity.

Go to WWW.MLF.ORG for more information.

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Onion Creek member Don Bledsoe wearing

his marshall's uniform from the inaugural

1978 Legends of Golf Tournament

Chuck McMullin hitting to #12 on the Original Course