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Champions Crowned at 14th Washington State Hickory Open

Tonan sets the tone for Hickory State Championship with a birdie on the first playoff hole, versus NorCal Hickory’s own Steve Henneuse.

2017 Washington State Hickory Open Champion: Gabriel Tonan (Photo courtesy APNational Golf Club)

Both players battled head to head for 18 holes finishing the day with a pair of 75. After a 45 minute wait for the rest of the field to post their scores, Tonan and Henneuse were headed to the 1st tee to determine the 2017 Washington State Hickory Champion.

Having the honor on the first tee Tonan hit a perfectly flighted draw with his brassie to the left side of the fairway, leaving under 100 yards to the green. Henneuse followed with a low wind cheater bullet, right center of the fairway leaving his approach under 100 yards as well. Determining Henneuse was away, he played a very fine struck niblick to 10 feet slightly above the hole, leaving a testy right to left putt. Having birdied the 1st hole hours earlier the tone was set for Tonan, he had positive thoughts for his approach shot and his niblick did not let him down knocking it to 4 feet above the hole, leaving him with a slight right to left down hiller. Henneuse knowing Tonan was in tight gave it a good run missing low left, leaving the stage for Tonan to capture his 1st Washington State Hickory Open title. Taking a deep breathe Tonan calmly rolled in the 4 footer center cut for birdie to capture the crown jewel hickory championship of the Pacific Northwest, the 14th Washington State Hickory Open Championship!

Congratulations to both Steve and Gabriel for their fine play and for being gentlemen and great sportsmen, well played gents!


L to R: Omar Arambul, Kit Ledbetter, Stacy Brown, Dennis Scott and Gabriel Tonan (Photo courtesy APNational Golf Club)

  • Open Champion | Gabriel Tonan
  • Net Champion | Steve Henneuse
  • Senior Champion | Kit Ledbetter
  • Senior Net Champion | Jim Everham & Larry Borgert
  • Super Senior Champion | Dennis Scott
  • Super Senior Net Champion | Ralph Potter
  • Ladies Champion | Stacy Brown
  • New to Hickory Champion | Omar Arambul
  • Junior Champion | Gyan Bains

The 2017 Washington State Hickory Open Championship was held at The Home Course on September 9. ‘The Crown Jewel Hickory Championship of the Pacific Northwest’ was organized by Durel Billy and the APNational Golf Club. Visit www.apnationalhickoryplayers.com for more information, including a complete schedule of upcoming hickory events.



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