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Hickory Golf Champions Are Masters at ‘Timing’

Eddie Peckels and Jennifer Cully took the titles in the second annual United States Professional Hickory Golf Championship held Monday in Temple Terrace.

Modern golf feels like “cheating.”

That’s what Jennifer Cully told the New York Times after she earned a second consecutive victory in the United States Professional Hickory Golf Championship. The second annual event took place yesterday on the Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club’s course.

Tom Bendelow designed the course back in 1921 when hickory clubs were standard for the game. Today’s modernized clubs deliver a smoother swing, making for an easier game, Cully told the Times.

“The hickory clubs are pretty whippy, so you have to have good timing,” said Cully, who is a teaching pro at the Apollo Beach Golf Club.

Eddie Peckels of Winter Park took first place in the men’s division with a 3-over par 76. He used a mashie from 170 yards to eagle on the 12th hole, securing his victory. Jim Garrison, Temple Terrace’s head golf professional, came in second.

The championship was the finale in a multi-day celebration of Temple Terrace's golfing roots. The festivities included an amateur tournament and a 1920s-style ball.

To find out more about the professional championship, read the Times full story.

Grant Rimbey February 22, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Thanks for the great coverage of this celebration of Temple Terrace history!

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