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About the 2024 tournament

DATES  

Sunday, March 24, 2024:       

        Texas First Tee Hickory Championship 

Sunday, March 24, 2024: 

       Swift Trophy Matches.

 

Monday and Tuesday, March 25 & 26, 2024:  

       36-hole medal-play Onion Creek Hickory Classic

LOCATION

Exit 225 (ONION CREEK PARKWAY) from INTERSTATE 35.

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 17, 2024

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

March 12, 2024

Entrants gathered in front of the putting green.

TRADITIONAL GOLF ATTIRE

Recommended and encouraged

COMPETITIVE CATEGORIES 

(see Competitive Categories)

4th 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 Lori Wallace at

 email2lori@yahoo.com for help in making arrangements at Onion

Creek Club or at another local course.

   

2024 ONION CREEK HICKORY CLASSIC FEES

   Sunday, 3/24/2024

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

   Sunday, 3/24/2024 only

       Swift Trophy (Note 1)                                                   $150 

 

   Monday & Tuesday 3/25 & 3/26/2024 ONLY             

       Medal Play Tournament (Note 3)                                 $300

  Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, 3/24 thru 3/26/2024

       Swift Trophy & Medal Play Tournament (Note 4)       $450

 

NOTE 1

Includes registration, green fee, cart, range balls,

hospitality room, cookout and keg beer after the round and all awards

NOTE 2

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

or jmaccurrah@thefirstteeaustin.org

NOTE 3

Includes registration, green fee, cart, range balls, hospitality room, keg beer after each round, cookout Tuesday and all awards.

NOTE 4

Includes registration, green fee, cart, range balls, hospitality room, keg beer after each round, cookout Sunday and Tuesday 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

Comfort Suites Hotel in Buda, Texas.  

The address is 15295 IH 35 Buda, Texas 78610.  

The hotel is a five-minute drive from the Onion Creek Club. 

The rate per room:

   Friday - Saturday - $124.00

   Sunday - Thursday - $114.00

For reservations,

     Call 512-295-8600 before March 12, 2024, to get these rates.

     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 12, 2024. 

You are urged to make your hotel reservation as early as possible.

MARCH 12, 2024, IS THE DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS AT THE DISCOUNTED RATES AND FOR CANCELING A RESERVATION WITHOUT PENALTY.

HOSPITALITY ROOM AT THE HOTEL

The hotel hospitality room will open on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at around 5:00 PM.  We have the room to ourselves through Tuesday, March 26, 2024.

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 starting 5pm Saturday night (free of charge).  Tuesday after golf at the club, 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 on Tuesday.

THE VARDON JACKET

Returning past Champions, who have not previously received a Vardon Jacket, will receive their jacket at the Tuesday informal cookout.

SUNDAY - FOLLOWING GOLF

Awards presentation and informal cookout for Swift Trophy Matches and Texas First Tee Hickory Championship will take place after the round.

MONDAY - FOLLOWING GOLF

Trading tables and hospitality Room at the hotel.  Dinner On - Your - Own.

TUESDAY - 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.  Site to be determined.

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.)

2023 Barbara Puett the beloved and acclaimed leader in Austin, Texas golf instruction.  She was a close personal friend and student of the late Harvey Penick and has personally instructed thousands of Austin (male and female, high- and low-handicap) golfers over a distinguished multi-decade career. She has been a close friend and advisor to Hall-of-Fame players like Kathy Whitworth, Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw.

OFFICIAL CHARITY

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

Go to WWW.MLF.ORG for more information.

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Pete League lining up a putt.

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Tournament director Pete League presenting awards.

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Donna Smith and Lori Wallace Teeing it up.

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