Craig and I went to Pittodrie on Saturday afternoon to watch Aberdeen beat Patrick thistle 2-0 I thought AFC played well with both goals good strikes
I played a few holes at Deeside on Sunday then headed home to watch the Italian open I don't watch a lot of golf but wanted to see if Stevie G could finish top 2 to qualify automatically , it was a fantastic effort by Stevie but his 65 was one shot short of qualifying and now requires a wild card which surely he will get from captain Mcginley
I had a few meeting on Monday but managed to hit quite a few balls at Plgc and also spent a few hours at home working on short game
I fly to Switzerland today for the start of three weeks playing its time to get myself back up the rankings and back into the Ryder cup team I feel I have one more big push in me. Let's hope so
Marian and I handed over a cheque for £5000 to Susan from CLAN yesterday which was half the money raised on our sponsored walk this year. Huge thanks again to all who donate to make this possible.
It was our Foundation dinner at the Marcliffe on Monday night which will be the last one held there due to Mr Spence retiring and the hotel closing , Stewart Spence has been unbelievable for Marian and I ever since we first met in the early 90s so we presented him with a rose gold Panerai watch to thank him for all he's done for us and the Foundation over the years , I think he was speechless for the first time in history !! , Richard Gordon was again our MC with Craig Brown and myself speaking with Alex Fleming doing the auction , it was again a great night huge thanks to all our table sponsors and of course all the staff at the Marcliffe for another wonderful meal I have managed to hit quite a few balls this week which has been really good and is starting to feel as though things will improve
Got off to a lovely start by hitting two drivers onto first green and making a birdie but a flyer at the second and poor iron shots at the 5th and 7th for bogies meant I turned in +2 which was not exactly what I had in mind , I drove the ball magnificent today hitting 12/14 fairways but irons were poor and holed nothing all day which meant I shot 74+2 which is disappointing but still quite a few positives from this week , I finished in a tie for 23rd which considering I wasn't sure if I could play on Wednesday evening really wasn't too bad , I get home tonight through Frankfurt
It was quite a struggle with ball striking today so my 71-1 was a very good effort I thought , There was also a little bit more wind which made it tricky , apart from the double bogey at the 13th I couldn't have been a shot less today attitude was very good and scrambled very well
Poor result for AFC today away to St Johnstone but its early season yet
It was very steady today with two birdies and no bogeys , I hit 16 greens in regulation but very few of them were close enough to give me good chances of birdies , I shot 70-2 again to be four under overall and In a decent position heading into the weekend.
We had a one hour delay this morning for lightning but once the storm passed it was a pretty nice day , I shot 70-2 which considering my back was pretty stiff I thought it was a good effort , I didn't hit many fairways but was in play pretty much all day , all the work on my putting is starting to pay off as again today I rolled the ball lovely. The course this week is pretty good but too much rough around the greens makes it a hit and hope which is a pity but overall its a very nice venue.
We had our first foundation junior pro am today at Peterculter, David Law, Kris Nicol, Jordan Findlay ,Phillip McLean and ma loon Craig each played with three juniors from the host club. On-course help with course management is something I'm keen for juniors to learn more about which was the reason for the pro ams, all the kids enjoyed it and with more planned for later in the year the idea will hopefully grow
My flight was 05 35am this morning which is a ridiculous time to fly really but it meant I got to Prague by lunchtime
I played at 8 30am this morning with three very nice local chaps who were good fun and all decent golfers. My back has certainly improved but still feels pretty sore when I'm hitting driver so will just need to pop some pills and man up !!!!
I was at Murcar Links today to watch Michael play for Deeside in the PL Foundation sponsored "Off the Tee" competition , its a four man team playing foresomes , Deeside played Peterculter in the morning winning by 7 holes overall , they were up against Peterhead in the final who got a bye in the semi final as the Newmachar team didn't turn up !! Deeside played very well winning by 8 holes overall , Michael was joined by Benjamin Henderson, Lewis Anderson and Connor Forbes, well done lads good effort.
I then had an appointment with the cruncher Gillian Mitchell to sort out my back which was actually much better today.
I had to pull out this morning as my back hadn't recovered enough, it felt ok with short irons but as soon as I tried to hit the woods it was hopeless , injuries are part and parcel of sports but it's very frustrating when they happen , I flew to Newcastle last night to watch Craig play his final round of Euro pro event at Slaley Hall , he struggled a bit with ball striking but his short game and putting were sharp and shot 71-1 to finish in a tie for 23rd which will be good for his confidence. It's very early days for him but he's getting there and enjoying what he's doing , we both flew home on Eastern Airways which only had 4 passengers in total on board which was strange. I will be taking it easy this weekend to see if I'm fit for next week.
Craig and I drove down to Loch Lomond this morning for a game with Davy Kenny and my sports psychologist John Mathers , we played the front nine with John giving us some games to work on which was really good , my attitude has been poor for a while so I'll be seeing a bit more of John
Craig and I went to Pittodrie to watch Aberdeen v Dundee United which was a poor result with Utd winning very easily 3-0 , Utd played well but Aberdeen were as poor as I've seen them for a long time but its only the first game of the season and they had played a game on the Thursday night
I flew to Aalborg via Amsterdam yesterday for this weeks event "Made in Denmark" , I felt my back stiffen up on the flights yesterday so it was no surprise when I woke this morning and struggled to get dressed, I only hit 5 balls on the range and after seeing the tour physios it was obvious I couldn't play in the morning shot gun pro am which is very frustrating as I've been doing a load of work and felt the best I have in ages , but hopefully it will be ok for tomorrow
I played in the celebrity pro am today at Nailcott Hall in Birmingham with Farmfoods chairman Eric Herd as well as Eric's daughter Sarah and Sarah's boyfriend Chris which was good fun , it was my first time playing the course which is very tricky but good fun
My amateur partner this week is youngest Lawrie Michael we played today with Craig and his partner Michael MacDougall , I shot 56+2 which wasn't very good but the course is not that easy , Michael and I were 53-1
To have any chance of winning I needed to go very low so to shoot 46-8 which was a new course record was very nice but unfortunately it was 1 shot too many for the play off which was won by Eddie Pepperell. Michael and I shot 43-11 together with Michael playing lovely. Eric Herd also owns a few sit down fish and chip restaurants called the "Finest Catch" which we all went to tonight which was lovely. We have all really enjoyed the week....... massive thanks to everyone involved especially Eric Herd of Farmfoods who looked after us all brilliantly.
I hit some balls at PLGC this morning then headed down to Stirling to see my sports psychologist John Mathers , I need to start seeing him a bit more often as he's very good and making a difference. We are off to the Farmfoods British par 3 event tomorrow which will be great fun.
Marian, Michael and I went to Union Square this morning then up to Cove to visit my Mum for a cup of tea , Michael played in the medal at Deeside and shot 72 -2 70 so got .1 off , Craig and I played 13 holes also at Deeside then we all had bite to eat. I was following the final of the Scottish amateur on twitter , massive congrats to Chris Robb who beat Graeme Robertson in the final at Downfield fantastic achievement.
It was the Ellon pro am today where I played with Michael Macdougall , Sam Locke and Adam Fisher who are two of our foundation team for this year , I hit it good again but struggled on the greens but shot 65-5 to finish second behind Chris Kelly. It was good fun like yesterday , I have really enjoyed the last two days and it was good to shoot some birdies , both courses were in very good condition and food / organisation etc was first class. Huge thanks to everyone.
I played in the Saltire Energy Deeside pro am today with Michael MacDougall , Alan Reid and my father in law Bert which was great fun , I shot 63-7 to win by one shot which was nice.
Craig and I hit balls at Plgc in the morning then had lunch and played 18 holes at Deeside in the afternoon
Marian and I walked round Downfield watching Michael play in the Scottish amatuer this afternoon which didn't go well for him losing 5&4 but it's all good experience for him and was his first go in a big men's event. We drove through to Loch Lomond where we are staying for two days to play and practice
Michael and I hit balls all morning then played 18 holes with my caddie Davy Kenny which was good fun with Michael scooping the cash thanks to Davys double, double finish ouch
We hit balls then played the back nine this morning and after a bite to eat drove up the road , it was a lovely couple of days and I've managed to hit some balls and play 27 holes
Last night we stayed at the Braeraich guest house which was again very good. The standard of guest houses has been superb all week. Today was a very pleasant walk mainly through the forest , we stopped at Loch an Eilein to eat our packed lunch. We arrived into Aviemore at 2pm with it starting to rain a few minutes later which was so lucky. Big thanks to Charlie and Ishbel for driving up the Morrison Motors mini bus for us to drive home.
Massive thanks from Marian and myself to our fellow walkers Alan and Val and Brian and Audrey for helping us raise funds for 2 worthwhile causes.... its again been a good laugh. Thanks also to Peter and Lesley from Distant Hills for giving us packed lunch one day very good of you and of course many thanks to everyone who has donated, its much appreciated
Best accommodation- Ard na Coille and Distant Hills
Best meal - Old station restaurant in Spean Bridge
Favourite day - Day 5
Worst / Toughest day - Day 3
Most bites - Big val
Best pint - Them all
Biggest surprise - Val staying upright
See you all for our walking blog 2016
After another beautiful breakfast at ard na coille we set off to Kincraig it was again very hot so the rucksacks were again heavy with loads of water , Audrey saw a tawny eagle today !! She's been brilliant this week but that was a belter fae the turra queen !!
Val has a few blisters which look very sore and when she got them out Brian went yuk !!
For some reason I was the navigator today which for someone who normally gets lost in Aberdeen was a strange shout but we never got lost unlike the last few days !!!!
We got to loch insh a bit early for our tea so we decided to take a boat trip around the loch with John the boat man who was really good explaining loads of stuff about the area we all loved it , mind you the restaurant and bar area could do with a visit from Kim and aggie !!!
We still have to walk to our b&b which is about a mile away , only 11 miles to go tomorrow
Another scorcher of a day meant the 50+ Suncream was again in hot use , last night and tonight we are staying at Ard na Coille guest house in Newtonmore which is very nice indeed especially the breakfast which has won awards and rightly so. Some of the scenery today was again spectacular , I'm happy to report that the sudacrem did the trick and got me through nicely !!!! Big Val has managed to stay upright so far this year which is disappointing but there's time yet !! , We had our packed lunch sitting beside the River Calder with some taking the opportunity to dip their feet. We have eaten both nights at the Letterbox restaurant in Newtonmore which is very nice. All week the food at breakfast and dinner have been first class. The East Highland Way isn't way marked and at times its tough to know which way to go but thankfully the google sisters find a way (eventually)
It was again very hot today which made it tough going especially as it was 18 miles , we had very little wind to cool us down unless you were standing behind Mrs L who at one point was playing tunes out her backside !! Ailments so far
Alan- sore hips
Audrey -2 missing toe nails
Val - blister
Paul - chaffing (beyond belief) Marian bought sudacrem at co-op !!!!
Marian & Brian - athletes
Today's walk finished at Pattack Falls where the Morrisons were behaving like kids splashing each other ( pensioners eh ) When we got picked up by the lady to take us to our accommodation she mentioned that a lot of people had turned back today cos of the heat but cos you guys are putting in money we soldiered on