Congratulations to Jimmy Bucher, Marshall Huston, and Eddie Johnson on their excellent play.
June 14, 2022
Martin Pool reports:
It rained all night. It rained all day. As yet another atmospheric river coursed over the Pacific Northwest in 2022, the Pacific Northwest Hickory Championship kicked off on June 5 at the historic Skagit Golf & Country Club (est. 1919) in Burlington, Wash.
Forty-one intrepid players teed off on Day 1 for the ninth rendition of this tournament. As puddles formed on the greens and fairways, and as rumblings were heard in the distance, it was touch and go whether the tournament could actually go on.
At the end of the day, 36 players completed a very rainy round, while five more preferred dry places after nine holes. In the Open Division, three-time (now four) champion Jeff Olsen held the lead with a score of 81, a fine round under very difficult conditions. In the Senior Division, a tight race formed with John Henry Williams at 80, Kit Ledbetter and Brian Pollack both with 81s. In the Statesmen Division, Tom Tracy shot 86, and in the Women’s Division, Sue Tracy came in at even 100.
At the tournament dinner later in the evening, organizer Martin Pool toasted Jack Wilson for whom the Wilson Trophy is named. In 2017 we received news of Jack’s passing as we concluded the first day’s play of this very tournament. Jack was a true gentleman and a lover of all things hickory.
Rain turned to sunshine on Day 2, and hickory players returned to a much different golf course. Puddles had disappeared and, except for the inexplicable few, scores plummeted. Day one leader Jeff Olsen did 10 shots better with a sterling round of 71. Kit Ledbetter improved by five to shoot 76 in the Senior Division. Tom Tracy was four better than his Day 1, posting an 82 in the Statesmen Division and Sue Tracy was 10 better with a 90 in the Women’s Division.
Final results below:
Open Champion: Jeff Olsen 81-71 = 152
Open Runner-Up: Steve Henneuse 88-78 = 166
Senior Champion: Kit Ledbetter 81-76 = 157
Senior Runner-Up: John Henry Williams 80-82 = 162
Statesmen Champion: Tom Tracy 86-82 = 168
Statesmen Runner-Up: Kyle Marvin 88-83 = 171
Women Champion: Sue Tracy 100-90 = 190
Women Runner-Up: Paula Anderson 112-109 = 221
Open Net Champion: Jimmy Bucher 78-68 = 146
Open Net Runner-Up: Marshall Huston 80-70 = 150
Senior Net Champion: Eddie Johnson 70-74 = 144
Senior Net Runner-Up: John Quickstad 77-70 = 147
Statesmen Net Champion: Rick Lehman 77-77 = 154
Statesmen Net Runner-Up: Garylee Johnson 80-76 = 156
Women Net Champion: Jennifer May-Baker 75-86 = 161
Women Net Runner-Up: Roberta Robbins 90-79 = 169