The Board of Directors has reluctantly decided to cancel our annual Vermont Hickory Scotch foursomes tournament scheduled for June 13th at Copley Golf Club. But we remain excited to host the 2020 Vermont Hickory Open at The Golf Club at Equinox on August 15th and 16th. We are hopeful that golf courses, restaurants, lodging facilities, and shops will all be fully operational before that date.
This annual event of the Vermont Hickory Golf Association is an 18-hole competition between two-person teams played over the very scenic Copley Country Club.
Play will be conducted with all teams playing in the same flight without reference to handicaps. Tees appropriate to age or gender of players to be used accordingly. Vermont hickory players have found that the great leveling factor is the alternate shot format. The overall champion will be decided by sudden-death shootout following play, foursomes format, with the winning team playing against ties or, in the event of no ties, the first-place team competing against the second-place team.
The tournament will be played in the Scotch Foursome format. In Scotch foursomes, both players on a side tee off. Players A and B each hit a drive, the better of the two drives is selected, and then A and B play alternate shot until the ball is holed. Who hits the second shot? The player whose drive was not selected. If A’s drive is the one the team decides to use, then B plays the second stroke.
Women are encouraged to form or join teams, either as all women or co-ed, teams. Women will compete from the forward tees. In the case of a coed team, her partner will compete from the tee appropriate to his age.
Players are responsible for forming their own teams and submitting completed applications that include both players along with a Team Name. For players losing a partner to unexpected emergencies, or for players without a partner, the tournament committee will make every effort to help. Each player must submit a handicap, be it regular GHIN or hickory. Players without a handicap will be assigned one by the tournament committee, and placed in a bracket using the best available information.