TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. – Battling wind and length yesterday Feb. 21, Leroux Ferreira from Kingwood, Texas outlasted the field over the challenging 6,400 yard Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club. Playing with clubs dating back to 1910 or earlier, Ferreira was the only golfer able to break 80. David Frost of the Champions Tour finished in second with 81 and Jon Benson from Wesley Chapel, Florida took third with 83.

The United States Professional Hickory Golf Championship is the brainchild of Mike Stevens, teaching pro at MacDill Air Force Base and the reigning National Hickory Open Champion. The field of 24 golfers from around the country competed with original hickory shafted golf clubs provided by Dr. Jay Harris of Pinehurst, North Carolina.

The competitors were playing for $5,000 purse and the John Shippen Cup which honors America’s first professional golfer. The championship is dedicated to preserving and honoring the history of early golf in America. The Temple Terrace golf course was chosen because it hosted the original Florida Open in 1925 and remains true to its 1922 Tom Bendelow design.


Leroux Ferreira 79 $1,500

David Frost 81 $1,000

Jon Benson 83 $700

Sean Frost 85 $500

Lee Chill 86 $400

Mike Stevens 87 $250

Tom Doozan 87 $250

Brian Schuman (A) 88

Joe Gutterman 90 $125

Kody Kirchoff 91 $75

Tom McCrary 91 $75

Greg Vogelsang 91 $75

Jim Cocchi 93 $50