PLGC Inchmarlo Foundation event
I was out at Inchmarlo yesterday morning firstly to play a few holes with Craig and Michael , then I watched some of our stableford kids tee off from the first before I had to head back into town for meetings The course at Plgc Inchmarlo was looking great and also nice to see the shop etc looking so well , Reece and the boys are doing a fine job out there keep it up lads
I was down in St Andrews on Wednesday and Thursday to do 2 golf days for UPS staff and customers. We played at Kingsbarns on Wednesday then the Castle course on Thursday. We stayed at the Old Course which, as always, was awesome, we also had dinner at the R&A clubhouse last night which everyone really enjoyed. The weather was perfect with no wind and pretty hot , it was my first time doing any work for UPS which was very enjoyable. Big thanks to everyone for making it so much fun and I hope you all enjoyed the experience.
Last week was a little frustrating but overall not to disapointing as I haven't played much competitive golf. I struggled a bit off the tee, which was strange as that part of my game has improved hugely over the years but last week was poor. As always, I enjoyed playing in Portugal even though the weather at times was more like back home.
We are playing the Open de Portugal this week at Morgado golf resort. Michael and I flew from Edinburgh on Monday afternoon direct to Faro. We are staying onsite which is very nice. The course is very open with little or no rough so scoring should be low unless it blows. I shot 72-1 this morning which was about right as I missed a few putts and struggled a bit with the driver. The weather has been iffy with some really heavy showers and a strong breeze.
It was great to see Craig had shot -7 for first two rounds in Ireland on Europro tour this week.
Fairmont St. Andrews
Craig and I were playing the Big johnsons Tour event at Fairmont St. Andrews this morning so we stayed at the Fairmont last night. It was very windy and with the tees being all the way back the course played pretty long , I shot level par 71 to win by one shot from Peter Whiteford.
We were up at Skibo castle for a few days this week which was brilliant fun , it was also Craig's 22nd birthday !! Where has time gone eh.....?
We played golf , went on push bikes and had great fun on the quad bikes , we always have a blast up there it really is a beautiful place to spend some time
Marian and I were invited to the JDRF ball on Saturday by Eddie Morrison , it was a really good night with lots of money raised for a very worthy cause
Marian and I were up in Turriff yesterday to attend the Morrison motors open day. After lunch at Celebrations, I did 2 clinics in the afternoon for guests and customers. Brian and Eddie wanted to show everyone the changes and improvements to the garage over the years so decided to have an open weekend of fun, it was really good with everyone enjoying themselves
I was up at Morrison Motors Turriff this morning to attend their first business breakfast. they had around 170 people at the garage for a lovely breakfast followed by 5 speakers who all had a connection with Turriff or the surrounding area. It was very enjoyable and a great turnout for Eddie and Brian , congrats to everyone involved as it went very smoothly indeed
I'm just back from playing three events on the Portugal pro tour which was in Lisbon. Craig has played in them the last two years so I decided to go with him to get some tournament golf before heading back on tour. Michael came with me to caddie as he's going to caddie for me this year until he goes to Stirling university in September. The tour is very well run and I would highly recommend any professional looking for some competitive winter golf to give it a try. I played nicely in spells but again putted poorly to finish 9th, 5th and 3rd in the three events but it was ideal to get some competitive golf with some sun on our backs.
I was at the show all 3 days with our Cardinal Apparel brand, it was really busy and great to see so many people visit our stand. We had some 2016 collection on at sale prices as well as the new 2017 collection, which looks great. I opened the show on Friday morning by cutting the ribbon then hitting a plastic ball into the hall which was good fun. I hadn't been to the show for years and was very impressed with how good it was. I had a go at all the activities every day as well as Q&As each day with Alan Tait. I hope everyone who attended enjoyed it and massive thanks if you came onto our stand for pic/autograph or purchase.
For the last few weeks, Monday night has been target golf night at Inchmarlo. Teams of four get 10 balls each at 3 targets, at different distances, filled with sand, then 3 balls at the water target to finish off. We all then go upstairs for a snack which is picked by the previous week's winners. It's great fun and the banter flows , our team is called Redbirds and we managed to win last night.
Craig and I played in the Sunningdale Foursomes this week, we flew down on Sunday morning with our Michael who caddied for me and Michael Macdougall who caddied for Craig. We played practice round on Sunday afternoon on the old and on Monday round the new course. We eventually lost in the fourth round by 1 hole to Linn grant and Martha Lewis , even though we were giving away 10 shots we had chances to win. I didnt drive it too well and the new course is tough to play from the heather, mind you we were round in level par which in the foursomes format (and was also a bit windy and cold) wasn't too bad but the girls did really well. We both really enjoyed the week as was the first time either of us had played the event before.
It was dry but pretty windy on Wednesday at Duff House for the Alliance. I shot 69 (+1) which finished 3rd behind Hutch (67) and our Craig who won with a very good 66 (-2). I hit it ok but struggled on the greens missing quite a few very short putts which is unlike me. The course was decent and always nice to play there as I think it's one of our best venues up here.
I played with Craig as well as my brother and nephew at Fraserburgh on Wednesday. It was a pretty nice day but a wee bit chilly. I hit it nice to shoot 65-5 which won with Sean 66 and Craig 67 , it's always good to play at Fraserburgh which is one of my favourite courses in the north east
I was down in Edinburgh last week at the corn exchange to attend the Scottish golf awards , I was presenting the Adam hunter award which was won by Hazel Macgarvie who had a fantastic 2016. I received the Inspiration award - which was presented by Steven Gallacher & Craig Brown - which was very nice of them to give me but as you can imagine there's so many people who work very hard to make me look good especially my wife Marian and foundation manager Michael Macdougall. It was also great to see Jock Mcvicar and Belle Robertson receive the lifetime achievment awards as both have had tremendous careers in golf. Huge congrats to all the award winners on the night
Younger son, Michael, and I were in South Africa this week to play in the dimension data pro am on the sunshine tour. Michael was playing as my amateur partner which was great fun. The event has 168 pros and amateurs playing four rounds at the fabulous fancourt resort in george with a cut after round three. We both played really well finishing 4th in the team and I won the pro event by one shot. Michael did brilliantly as he plays off scratch so made some birdies which was great to see. I hadn't won for four years and to win again playing with Michael was pretty cool. Massive thanks to everyone at dimension data , fancourt and the sunshine tour for looking after us both so well
Marian , Michael and Craig flew out on Monday to join me for this week's desert classic , we were staying at the Jebel Ali resort where we have spent quite a few holidays over Christmas and new year in the past. I had rounds of 70-73-74-72 to be +1 for the week which ended up 56th equal Even though I had some poor spells again last week I actually could easily have been a few shots less As ever the desert classic was a great week and always great when Marian and the boys come with me I certainly had the tough draw last week as our half of the draw played 36 holes in rough conditions and the other half probably only played 6 holes in the same conditions - only 17 of the 69 qualifiers came from our side of the draw. Sometimes that happens and not much you can do as I've certainly been on the other side a few times
This week has always been one of my favourites on the schedule , the course plays like a links with firm greens and plenty of wind , it was a bit of a shock how poorly I played on Thursday but thankfully the short game was mustard and I managed to get it round in -2 with only hitting 5 greens , typically I hit it better on Friday and hit some lovely putts but holed very little to shoot 73+1 to miss the cut by 1 shot , it's frustrating but to be honest I hit it so poorly on Thursday and could have shot a big number that missing by only 1 seems an achievment ( wow I'm mellowing ) I spent all day up at the course on Saturday grinding away on a few bits and pieces hopefully it will all click next week in dubai
Last week in Abu Dhabi was my first event of the year. I shot 73+74 which missed the cut by 5 shots. I hit it pretty good from tee to green but short game and putting was pretty poor. The course and event as always was brilliant and is a great way to start the season for most of the players. I stayed over the weekend in Abu Dhabi and managed to put in some quality practice especially with the putter. I flew to Doha on Sunday evening for one of my favourite courses of the year, where I've managed to win twice before.