Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn (Champions Tour)

The Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, sponsored in its last couple years by carmaker Kia, was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour (senior tour) in the early 2000s. It was three rounds (54 holes) in length and was staged for 12 years.

First played: 2003

Last played: 2014

The Greater Hickory Classic also went, for one year, by the name Ensure Classic at Rock Barn. Its final two years it was the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn. The Rock Barn in the tournament name was Rock Barn Golf & Spa, the host golf course in Conover, North Carolina.

Greater Hickory Classic Winners

2003 — Craig Stadler, 201
2004 — Doug Tewell, 202
2005 — Jay Haas, 200
2006 — Andy Bean, 201 (def. R.W. Eaks in playoff)
2007 — R.W. Eaks, 199
2008 — R.W. Eaks, 200
2009 — Jay Haas, 198
2010 — Gary Hallberg, 198
2011 — Mark Wiebe, 197 (def. James Mason in playoff)
2012 — Fred Funk, 201
2013 — Michael Allen, 197 (def. Olin Browne in playoff)
2014 — Jay Haas, 196

The record-low winning score was 196 by Jay Haas in 2014, the last year the event was staged. The 18-hole tournament record was 61, recorded by R.W. Eaks in 2008, Gary Hallberg in 2010 and Bill Glasson in 2013.

Haas had the most wins in this tournament with three. Eaks was the Greater Hickory Classic's only back-to-back winner in 2007 and 2008. Haas and Eaks also finished second once each. Eaks lost in a playoff to Andy Bean in 2006 before winning the following two years. Haas' victory in 2005 was the first of his 18 career wins on the Champions Tour.

The first tournament champ in 2003 was Craig Stadler, his second win on the senior circuit and one of three wins on the Champions Tour for Stadler that year. But Stadler also won on the PGA Tour in 2003 at the B.C. Open. He was just the second golfer ever to win on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour in the same year.

When Hallberg won in 2010 by tying the tournament's scoring record of 61, he also tied the senior tour's then-record for lowest final round by a winner. Hallberg had previously won on the PGA Tour and Tour. When he added the Champions Tour's Greater Hickory Classic title, he became the fourth golfer ever to record victories on all three of those tours.

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