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Ornament honors Hickory Hacker Golf Tournament


Published:   |   Updated: November 26, 2013 at 02:50 PM

TEMPLE TERRACE — It’s a group that never seems to run out of ideas that not only benefit the community, but also raise money for a worthy cause.

The Temple Terrace Junior Woman’s Club recently unveiled its 16th consecutive Heritage Collectible Ornament in its annual series designed to preserve the history of the city.

The 2013 3-inch by 3-inch gold-plated ornament is meant to honor the Hickory Hacker Historic Golf Tournament that debuted in 2010 and takes place annually at the Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club.

In recognition of the early days of the club, which was founded in 1921 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012, golfers use hickory-shafted clubs and gutta-percha balls, commonplace course equipment in the 1920s.

The ornament portrays a player outfitted in the era’s classic golf attire of knickers, argyles and a golf cap encapsulated inside the Hickory Hacker logo, designed by Temple Terrace Preservation Society President Tim Lancaster.

Each ornament comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity and sells for $15.95 or $21.95 if framed in the buyer’s choice of either mahogany, oak, walnut or cherry wood.

They may be purchased at the Temple Terrace Public Library at 202 Bullard Parkway; Business Ink Printing, 8834 N. 56th Street, Suite C in Temple Terrace; or by calling (813) 986-0066.

While some of the past years’ ornaments have been sold out, most are still available. The purchasing sites also have order sheets for people interested in buying collectibles from previous years.

Anita Long, president of the Temple Terrace Junior Woman’s Club, said the ornament project has proven to be a wonderful way to commemorate and preserve the history of the city’s landmarks and events.

“Parents love collecting the ornaments annually for their children as they make great stocking stuffers,” she added.

Norma Walker, who for many years has served as the ornament project’s chairwoman, said every year club members submit their suggestions. Membership, as a whole, then votes to determine the winning idea.

Proceeds from their sales are used to sustain the project, Long said, and any leftover money is dispersed among the organization’s many charities.

Call (813) 986-0066 or email glwalker@verizon.net for more information.

Joyce McKenzie can be reached at joycecmckenzie@gmail.com.

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