Seth Lomison had a fulfilling junior career. Now, the 20-year-old from Reidsville figures it’s time to start giving back to the game.
Lomison, who works for the Tarheel Golf Foundation, is launching the inaugural Junior Hickory Fall Classic, where juniors can learn how to play with old hickory clubs of yesteryear in a competitive setting.
The event is scheduled for Oct. 7 at Wolf Creek Golf Course for boys and girls ages 9-15.
“This event is not modern golf; I want to teach youngsters a hands on way about the roots of golf,” Lomison said. “Golf has taught me so much. I want to share this with others. Hickory golf is for people of all ages, young and old, good and not so good players. It is just good, old-fashion fun. There isn’t anything like this for youth out there right now. We want to introduce hickory golf to the next generation.”
Lomison, an intern with the National Hickory Championship for four years, has been playing modern golf for eight years, and pre-1900 Hickory golf for the last seven years. He is the 2016 CGA Jimmy Anderson champion and the current Foxburg Hickory champion.
Hickory clubs will be provided to those entering the 18-hole October tournament, with a cookout and awards for the top three male and female finishers.
“With hickory clubs you have to be fluid and precise, compared to today’s golf, which is a grip it and rip it game,” Lomison said. “Hickory is about having fun hitting the ball and playing the course. Back in the day they didn’t have pars. It was about hitting the best score and beating the course. Hickory golf is different for each player. For some it is about the history, or the feel of the clubs, for others it’s the camaraderie and friendships.
“Wolf Creek is a nice course because it is a short, open course that makes it perfect for hickory golf. It is also a family-friendly course and Hickory golf is a great family past time.”
For more information go to the Junior Hickory Classic Facebook page or email