Old-school golf generates big money for some Detroit metro caddies

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) – For the past 25 years, golfers in the Detroit metro area have gathered at Forest Lake Country Club to compete in the Hickory Stick Invitational.

This golf outing is a trip down memory lane as participants play golf the old-fashioned way.

More than $70,000 has been raised to help with scholarships for the Evan Scholars Foundation, which rewards former caddies for their hustle and bustle before going to college.

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For the past 25 years, golfers in the Detroit metro area have gathered at Forest Lake Country Club to compete in the Hickory Stick Invitational.

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For more than two decades, Marty Gillespie and many of his co-workers have dressed as “Plus 4”, wearing pants that extend 4 inches below the knees – also known as knickerbockers.

The look is a blast from the past when golf equipment had battle scars from iron rods when using hickory clubs.

While names like Walter Hagan and Bobby Jones dominated this era, Gillespie and his friends try to emulate this style.

“They’re all real pre-1930 hickory. They’re all 100 years old, all clubs,” Gillespie said.

Everything is in preparation for the Hickory Stick Invitational at Forest Lake County Club in Bloomfield Township.

Michael C. Ford