Board of Directors

Dr. Kevin Cawley – Board President

Radiologist at Methodist Hospital

Member of Happy Hollow Country Club

Have been a Hickory Golfer since 2009

Modern Handicap 7.4  Hickory Handicap 10.8

Play both Replica and Vintage clubs

Golfing Hero’s:

Francis Ouiment (father of amateur golf)

Walter Hagen (father of professional golf)

Johnny Goodman ( Omaha amateur who beat Bobby Jones)

Favorite Golf Story:

Through the efforts of Walter Hagan, Private clubs opened their doors and finally welcomed Professional golfers to use their facilities. To remember the occasion, Walter’s fellow Pro’s gave him a GRANDFATHER CLOCK which he left at Inverness with the following inscription:

“God measures men by what they are not by what they in wealth possess This vibrant message chimes afar the Voice of Inverness"  – Thank you Walter Hagen

I play Hickory Golf to enjoy the fellowship that it generates among like-minded golfers. It allows one to focus on the game rather than the scorecard. In the end, it makes you a better golfer with a greater appreciation for the rich golfing history that we enjoy!

David E. Brown
Native of Wauwatosa WI

Graduate of University of Wisconsin (1975) and Medical College of Wisconsin (1979).
Orthopedic surgeon, US Navy 1979-1988.
Orthopedic Surgeon, Omaha NE, Orthowest PC

Member, Happy Hollow Club, Omaha, Panmure Golf Club, Carnoustie Scotland

Former champion of Iowa Hickory Classic and Heart of America Hickory Open
Numerous Senior championships.
Too many second place finishes
Current President of Society of Hickory Golfers

Captain, SOHG International Hickory Cup Team 2014.

President, McIntyre Golf Company, the world’s leading producer of period appropriate golf balls including 1890’s gutta percha and 1920’s mesh and small dimple balls.

Favorite Golfers: Bobby Jones and Harry Vardon

Favorite tournaments:
Belvedere Hickory Open (MI), National Hickory Championship (gutta percha)

Hickory Bucket list: To play hickories at every course where Bob Jones won a major championship.

Jack McDonnell – Treasurer

Resides in Omaha, Nebraska
Member Happy Hollow Club
Member, NEHGA and Society of Hickory Golfers
Began playing hickory golf in 2013
Play both replica and vintage clubs
Founder, JRM Investment Counsel, an independent registered investment advisory firm
Favorite golf book, The King of Swings, Michael Blaine’s biography of Johnny Goodman

David C. Nelson
University of Nebraska Kearney – Bachelor of Science Business Administration, 1985
Creighton University School of Law – Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude, 1988

Attorney at Gross & Welch P.C., L.L.O., Omaha, Nebraska
Practice Areas: Corporate Law, Business Transactions, Real Estate Law, Contracts, Secured Transactions and Construction Law

In My Bag:
Driver – George Carlin, Radcliffe-on-Trent
Spoon – H. Sinclair, Machrihanish
Tom Stewart Irons – Driving Mashie (Maker), Iron (A.L. Johnson & Co., Boston), Mongrel Mashie (Maker and W.G. Green, Rumson, N.J.), Mashie (Ernest Jones, Chislehurst), Spade Mashie (Arthur Ham), Mashie Niblick (E.E. Ford), 53* Niblick (Frank Coltart) and 56* Niblick (Maker)
Putter – Tom Stewart Gem Putter (Percy Roberts, Southport & Ainsdale)

Favorite Golfer: Harry Vardon

Favorite Golf Book: Howell, Audrey. Harry Vardon: The Revealing Story of a Champion Golfer. London, England: Stanley Paul & Co. Ltd., 1991.
Favorite Golf Quote: Harry Vardon’s reply to fourteen year old Laddie Lewis, who many years later be caption of the European Rider Cup Team, when Laddie asked Harry in 1930 after their round how he could hit the ball so straight: “Young man, if you had been brought up, as I was, on the gutty ball and hickory shafts, you would have learnt to hit the ball straight”.
My first round of hickory golf was at Sand Hills Golf Club in 2007. The friendships I made, the links style course and playing with the hickory clubs loaned to me by Randy Jensen, hooked me on hickory golf.

Pete Hanley

Account Exec / Shareholder Silverstone Group Insurance

In My Bag:

Jack White Brassie, Jack White 3 wood, Tom Stewart Strong Mashie from Dave Brown, Nicolle Jigger (my favorite), Condie Sammy, Muscle back mashie, RTJ flanged niblick, Ted Ray Mills Mallet putter

Tom Stewart Irons I purchased from x player from Dallas Texas. To my surprise, the set originally came from Classic Golf.

Favorite Books: There are so many good ones but I really liked the Mysterious Montague by Leigh Montville. The Match is a close 2nd. King of Swing. All would make excellent Movies.

There are countless reasons why I play this game. I like that it not so dependent on distance with an emphasis on creativity and shot making. I enjoy the challenge of building the perfect play set using vintage clubs. Every year I play, something new is learned about this game. The Modern game can’t duplicate the feel and sound of a well struck Hickory. It is hard to believe the kind of shots can be played from a club that is 100 years old. I like to believe my best round could be the next time I play. I encourage anyone who loves playing golf, to try this game! I don’t think of myself as a talented craftsman, but I really enjoy working on clubs and learning from those that have the knowledge and skill.

Randy Jensen

Graduated with honors from Creighton University in 1977.   Former member of MENSA.

Owned and operated Classic Golf at 4617 Dodge St., Omaha NE, USA for 25 years.

During that time Randy established himself as one of the worlds leading authorities on antique golf clubs, golf memorabilia, and their values.

Randy also found time to win: eight National Hickory Championships,
two Scottish Hickory Championships,
seven Golf Collectors Society World Championships,
two Canadian Hickory Golf Championships,
and 19 Heart-of-America Hickory Golf Championships.
These tournaments are played with antique wood shaft golf clubs that are 100 years old.

Randy has been famously referred to in print as “The Tiger Woods of Hickory Golf."

Randy is a published author with his classic book “Playing Hickory Golf."

Randy was a founding member of the Society of Hickory Golfers which now oversees Hickory Golf Championships in the USA, Scotland, England, Sweden, Germany, France, Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands, Australia, and Japan—just to name a few!

Randy holds the world record for the most holes of hickory golf played in one day: 409 holes of golf!

Dale Hallock

Born Ord, NE 1949

1967 Graduate of Kearney High School

1972 Graduate of the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Architecture degree

Chairman of the Board, DLR Group Architecture & Engineering

Member of Happy Hollow Country Club

Member of Dismal River Sand Hills golf club

Member of the Society of Hickory Golfers

I was raised on a farm in central Nebraska and learned of the game of golf after school one evening at the age of 10. I rushed home and convinced my mother to buy me a kids’ driver at the local sporting goods store in Ord NE. I would play an entire round of golf on the 9-hole sand greens in Ord with my driver until my aunt felt sorry for me and loaned me her clubs. I eventually saved enough “Green Stamps" to purchase my own clubs. I have loved the game of golf ever since the day I received my first club and was fortunate to be introduced to Hickory Golf by my good friend Dr. Kevin Cawley four years ago. I enjoy the history of the game and the excitement of reliving the days of our golf forefathers. Today I play with a complete set of Walter Hagen custombuilt head clubs. My favorite golf book is “The Match". I look forward to sharing many future rounds of hickory golf with family and friends.

Brian Frevert

Member at Champions Run
Started playing Hickory Golf 2013
Most trusted Hickory club – Tom Stewart Benny
Favorite course – Sand Hills Golf Club
Book – The Match by Mark Frost
Witnessed the first modern hickory hole in one at Champions Run August 2015
Enjoy introducing the hickory game will fellow golfers

Tony Tubrick

Graduated Creighton Prep 1972

Military – US Army Aviation

Retired Qwest Communications

Experienced golf clubfitter & repair (modern, vintage, hickory)

Previous golf experience: Classic Golf, Pro Golf Discount, 2nd Swing Golf,

My golf experience ranges over the last 25 years of my adult life. I have probably enjoyed the relationships and the experience of working on clubs more than the actual playing of the game itself. If I were to make a guess as to my handicap I would say somewhere between 12 and 20 in any given week which is a generous estimate considering the frequency of my play. Like a NASCAR engine builder or crew chief, my joy is not derived from driving the car but rather seeing it do well in the hands of the driver. Yes, I can hold my own when needed with a little practice. I get the most satisfaction when someone is happy with my work.

I have a fondness for Walter Hagen clubs. I appreciate any product that is well made or unique, regardless of origin. The game of golf is something I have come to admire, appreciate, respect. I cannot recite the intimate details of its history or travel the world to the far reaches of the games origins. I do hold dearly the friendships that it fosters, the lifes lessons that it teaches, the challenges it presents and most of all the opportunity to feel the game now just as it was a century ago.

My bag is made up of mostly Hagens although I also currently am using clubs made by Burke, H&B, Kroyden and Spalding. I enjoy restoring the clubs I use to playable condition, putting them into play and trading them out for others that I want to try. I rarely have the same set from one year to the next, which I consider part of the fun. The majority of my play set is made up of vintage hickory shafted clubs although I do like playing clubs from that same era that may have originally had steel shafts that I have retrofitted with hickory shafts.

As Walter Hagen once said, “I never wanted to be a millionaire,…I only wanted to live like one…" He also said something like, “Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses…" I have wanted either. Maybe someday. Until then, I do not regret what the game of golf has given me: many wonderful friends.

Tony Tubrick

Board Member – NEHGA

Raised in Omaha Ne

Graduated Creighton Prep 1972

Military – US Army Aviation

Retired Qwest Communications

Experienced golf clubfitter & repair (modern, vintage, hickory)

Previous golf experience: Classic Golf, Pro Golf Discount, 2nd Swing Golf,

My golf experience ranges over the last 25 years of my adult life. I have probably enjoyed the relationships and the experience of working on clubs more than the actual playing of the game itself. If I were to make a guess as to my handicap I would say somewhere between 12 and 20 in any given week which is a generous estimate considering the frequency of my play. Like a NASCAR engine builder or crew chief, my joy is not derived from driving the car but rather seeing it do well in the hands of the driver. Yes, I can hold my own when needed with a little practice. I get the most satisfaction when someone is happy with my work.

I have a fondness for Walter Hagen clubs. I appreciate any product that is well made or unique, regardless of origin. The game of golf is something I have come to admire, appreciate, respect. I cannot recite the intimate details of its history or travel the world to the far reaches of the games origins. I do hold dearly the friendships that it fosters, the lifes lessons that it teaches, the challenges it presents and most of all the opportunity to feel the game now just as it was a century ago.

My bag is made up of mostly Hagens although I also currently am using clubs made by Burke, H&B, Kroyden and Spalding. I enjoy restoring the clubs I use to playable condition, putting them into play and trading them out for others that I want to try. I rarely have the same set from one year to the next, which I consider part of the fun. The majority of my play set is made up of vintage hickory shafted clubs although I do like playing clubs from that same era that may have originally had steel shafts that I have retrofitted with hickory shafts.

As Walter Hagen once said, “I never wanted to be a millionaire,…I only wanted to live like one…" He also said something like, “Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses…" I have wanted either. Maybe someday. Until then, I do not regret what the game of golf has given me: many wonderful friends.

Doug Ruge

Reside: Omaha, Nebraska

Family:  Laurie (wife); Katie (daughter and golfer); Trey (son and golfer)

Profession:  Attorney practicing primarily in Real Estate and Estate Planning

Hobbies: Playing Hickory Golf, Reading Philosophy, History and Current Events, Collecting Hickory Clubs, Tennis, Travel

Favorite Golf Getaway:  The Prairie Club: Valentine, Nebraska

Favorite Golfer: Bobby Jones

Craig Christenson

Reside: Omaha, Nebraska

Family:  Katie (wife); CiCi(daughter); 

Profession:  Co-Founder Healthcare Software Company

Hobbies: Playing Hickory Golf, Basketball, Coaching Daughter’s Basketball and Soccer teams,

Favorite Golf Getaways:   Sand Valley, Whistling Straights

Originally from Madison, WI and grew up playing classic courses. The “pureness" of hickory golf developed a new love for the game.

Duane Baylor

Retired Ralston elementary music teacher & long time hickory golfer. Ole Olson from Dennison, Iowa, got me started in hickory golf with a set of Kroydon hickory clubs. 

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