From left to right: John Deal, Elmer Odom, Fred Smith; kneeling, Harold Eller
The Hickory Sticks were 4 best friends: Harold Eller (Mike Eller’s father), Fred Smith, Elmer Odom and John Deal. They became known as the “Hickory Sticks” because of the many team championship they won in what was originally called the Tennessee Open Golf Tournament. As their schedule’s permitted, they had a standing Saturday afternoon tee-time which could easily draw some on-lookers. Each of the Hickory Sticks was an outstanding golfer in their own right.