Imig goes old-school for hole-in-one at Fox Hollow

Eric Imig celebrates a putt at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Sets of clubs await selection by golfers at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Don Grasse gets first choice in selecting a set of clubs at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Nick Karnos, left, and Jeff Osborne, right, help Wes Roberts track his drive at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Reproduction gutta percha golf balls were provided at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and the balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
James Kopcha tees off at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Kurt Imig checks clubs at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Brothers Greg, left, and Eric Imig check out the equipment while waiting to tee off at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Reproduction gutta percha golf balls were provided at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and the reproduction balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Sets of antique clubs await selection by golfers at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States. "It's an imperfect game with these clubs," said Imig. "You don't have the shaft, the flex, the loft. It's more of a one versus one" type of match, he said.
Erik Hill
Despite antique gear, Rob Nelson hits the ball from tee to green at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Nelson in a club pro at Eagleglen Golf Course. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Antique gear is used at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Larry Merriman chips, left, as Darren Buss watches at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Antique club in hand, Darren Buss studies a putt at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Eric Imig mows the course at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Frank Torres prepares to address a putt at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Rafael Legoretta, left, and Jeff Osborne congratulate each other at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Nick Karnos studies a putt at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Wes Roberts hits out of trouble at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Greg Imig celebrates an appearance by the sun at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
A bag and clubs rest at the edge of a green as players putt at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Don Grasse chips onto a green at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Don Grasse, left, and Frank Torres congratulate each other at the conclusion of their match at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Grasse moved on to the winners bracket. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Old-style golf bags were provided for antique clubs at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Eric Imig celebrates a putt at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Sets of clubs await selection by golfers at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Don Grasse gets first choice in selecting a set of clubs at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Nick Karnos, left, and Jeff Osborne, right, help Wes Roberts track his drive at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Reproduction gutta percha golf balls were provided at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and the balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
James Kopcha tees off at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Kurt Imig checks clubs at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Brothers Greg, left, and Eric Imig check out the equipment while waiting to tee off at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Reproduction gutta percha golf balls were provided at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and the reproduction balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Sets of antique clubs await selection by golfers at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States. "It's an imperfect game with these clubs," said Imig. "You don't have the shaft, the flex, the loft. It's more of a one versus one" type of match, he said.
Erik Hill
Despite antique gear, Rob Nelson hits the ball from tee to green at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Nelson in a club pro at Eagleglen Golf Course. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Antique gear is used at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Larry Merriman chips, left, as Darren Buss watches at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Antique club in hand, Darren Buss studies a putt at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Eric Imig mows the course at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Frank Torres prepares to address a putt at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Rafael Legoretta, left, and Jeff Osborne congratulate each other at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Nick Karnos studies a putt at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Wes Roberts hits out of trouble at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Greg Imig celebrates an appearance by the sun at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
A bag and clubs rest at the edge of a green as players putt at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Don Grasse chips onto a green at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Don Grasse, left, and Frank Torres congratulate each other at the conclusion of their match at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Grasse moved on to the winners bracket. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill
Old-style golf bags were provided for antique clubs at the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage. Eighteen intrepid golfers turned out for match play using antique hickory shaft golf clubs and reproduction gutta percha golf balls procured for the occasion by course co-owner Kurt Imig. The event honored the 1913 U.S. Open, when American Francis Ouimet, age 20, stunned Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff win to popularize the game in the United States.
Erik Hill

Anchorage golfer Kurt Imig never managed to make a hole-in-one with modern golf equipment, but he aced the 130-yard eighth hole at Fox Hollow Golf Course on Friday using a hickory-shafted niblick and a gutta-percha golf ball.

The shot came in a tournament Imig himself invented and provided the equipment for — the inaugural Historic Hickory Tournament. Eighteen golfers participated in the match-play event, many dressed in throwback knickers and all of them using throwback equipment. 

A niblick is roughly the equivalent of a modern 9-iron, but it doesn’t perform with equal precision.

“It’s funny, cause you don’t know the loft,” Imig said. “You just go by feel.”

A gutta-percha ball is made of dried sap from the sapodilla tree and first appeared on the golf scene in the mid-19th century. Imig used the “Victor” brand for his hole-in-one.

The shot felt solid, Imig said, but he didn’t know he holed it until he arrived on the green. “I never would have guessed it was in the hole until I saw it,” he said. 

Imig started collecting old golf equipment on eBay in recent years and owns about 30 sets, each of which consists of five or six clubs. A modern set contains 14 clubs. 

 

 

Video by Erik Hill / Anchorage Daily News

Eighteen golfers turn out for the first annual Historic Hickory Golf Tournament held

Friday, September 6, 2013, at Fox Hollow Golf Course & Sports Dome in south Anchorage.



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