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Past few days

Sunday

Craig and I hit balls at Plgc in the morning then had lunch and played 18 holes at Deeside in the afternoon

 Monday

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

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

Saturday - Day 6 - Kincraig to Aviemore - 11 miles

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

Awards.......

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

Friday - Day 5 - Newtonmore to Kincraig - 14 miles

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 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

Thursday - Day 4 - Feagour to Newtonmore 15 miles

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)

Wednesday - Day 3 - Fersit to Feagour 18 miles

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

Tuesday - Day Two - Spean Bridge to Fersit 13 miles

Today got off to a flying start for me with Marian telling me my ass smelt like a septic tank and I was an idiot for using the conditioner instead of the shampoo !! So the insults were flying early

After 4 years of ordering porridge and nae eating it Audrey finally found some she liked   Ye ha get the flag out , I must say this morning's breakfast at distant hills b&b is by far the best breakfast we've ever had and a lovely place to stay

Today's walk was 13 miles and was pretty tough and hilly in spots especially as it was really hot all day , we stopped for our packed lunch beside a very shaky bridge which had a sign on it saying only two people allowed at any one time to which Audrey said Brian you better go across alone !!

We had a very nice and cold pint at the pub when we got back which slipped down very easily. Some of the scenery today was spectacular you forget we have the best country in the world when we get the weather

(Pic: above) Mrs L & Val on the shooglie bridge (two-at-a-time) with Brian in the background waiting his turn!

Monday - East Higland Way Day 1 Fort William to Spean Bridge 11 miles

We are off on our charity walk today with Alan/Val Reid and Brian/Audrey Morrison , this year we are walking the East Highland Way which is 82 miles from Fort William to Aviemore , we picked up Alan and Val then headed up to Huntly to meet the Morrisons who had one of their transit vans and one of their workers (Alan)  to drive us to Fort William , Alan had a sat nav device in the front but when you've got the google sisters in the back telling you where to go who needs sat nav , When we arrived at our b&b the owner was asking Brian where he was from ,Turriff said Brian have you ever been there , yes said the owner I've bought some cars there over the years oh says Brian which garage Morrison Motors says the guy but afa dear , I was pissing mysell laughing , aye but they're good says Brian , so I jumped in and said to the guy well please meet Mr Morrison Motors....  haha . It was a very pleasant walk today to Spean Bridge apart from dodging two highland coos who were looking hungry



Sat 19th July

I hit balls all morning at PLGC, hitting it really nice , after tea at Deeside I played 8 holes with the boys which as always was great fun. I watched the end of the golf coverage this afternoon and thought Rory was magnificent and rightly has a six shot lead.

The Open 2RD

I hit balls for a couple of hours yesterday afternoon which is unusual as I normally rest during events but I hit it so bad I needed to work it out.  I was moving off the ball too much on backswing then flipping the hands at it too much causing low pulls which is my bad shot.  So I set up more on my right then felt as though I turned instead of swaying.  My striking was much better today but my scoring skills were awful as they've been most of the year.  I shot 75+3 but should have been much lower , I flew home from Manchester

The Open 1RD

Today was a real struggle with poor shots on pretty much every hole and holed nothing on the greens.   I shot a horrible 79+7 which is incredibly disappointing but it is what it is.  I hit balls for a couple of hours working on a few things and hit it really good.

Wed 16th July

I played at 8.30am this morning with Stephen Gallacher, Bradley Neil and Paul McKechnie.   The course is pretty much the same as the last time we played here apart from being much softer and greener.   The rough is thick in places but overall its very fair and with all the par 5's in reach I assume the scoring will be pretty good but of course it depends on the weather.  

"Lawrie" the guide dog in training stopped in by the Golf Centre today.   Sorry I missed your visit.

Scottish Open 4RD

I holed a few more putts today and hit it pretty much the same which meant I shot 66-5 which is a lovely way to finish the week.   I changed my putter to a Caledonia Viper which worked a treat as I holed quite a few between 5 and 20 feet which is the distance I've been missing.  Overall this week has been a wee tad frustrating but when it looked unlikely I would make the cut on Friday afternoon to finish in a tie for 27th is actually pretty good.   Massive thanks to Aberdeen Asset Management and all the other sponsors as well as the European Tour and Royal Aberdeen GC.... I thought the whole week was top class .

Scottish Open 3RD

I didn't think I'd be writing a blog from my round today as  I couldn't see +2 making the weekend but it did YE ha.   My ball striking was very good today and  I gave myself loads of chances for birdies but holed nothing apart from 12 footer at the fifth.   I finished with level par 71 ,  I got very frustrated on back nine which isn't great but it's been building up for a while , I feel very close to good stuff happening.

Scottish Open 2RD

After +3 yesterday I needed to get off to a good start so three putting from 20 feet at the first  was not what I had in mind !!!  The wind was from a totally different direction today so the front nine was downwind with backnine playing tough ,  I shot 70-1 to be +2 which looked likely to miss the cut by one but a few of the lads took pity and have let me and a few others in for the weekend , the crowds were fantastic today a massive thanks for following me round I really appreciate the support lets hope I can hole some putts at the weekend.


Scottish Open 1RD

I hit it pretty good today but had a poor day on the greens and got unbelievably unlucky at the 17th where I made a triple bogey after hitting a lovely shot which got a massive bounce through the green into a bush , crowds were brilliant and very supportive.


Wed 9th July

I was at Murcar Links this morning along with fellow pro's Rickie Fowler, Stephen Gallacher, Russell Knox and Martin Laird to spend sometime with the kids from Clubgolf.   There was over 400 children which was great to see.  I then played in the afternoon shot gun at 1.30pm with Douglas Connon from Aberdeen Asset Management and two competition winners.   The course is in magnificent condition but playing pretty tough especially the front nine as the wind was strong and into off the left which is tough for any golfer.   It was great to see so many people out on the course today and I'm really looking forward to the week ahead.

Monday 7th July

It was our annual PLGC Challenge match today which saw me take on Paul Mcginley, which like last year was a brilliant day apart from the result !! Paul played very nicely shooting three under for the nine holes which was good shooting.   Jeremy Dale performed his trick show for us which was excellent and a perfect way to end the day.   Massive thanks to Paul Mcginley for appearing as I know his schedule is crazy at the moment and huge thanks to all the staff who worked so hard to make the day possible.

Sunday 6th July

I popped over to Royal Aberdeen to do some putting and hit some balls,  the whole place looks so different with signs and stands up everywhere but it looks amazing.


Friday 4th July

I played at Trump International links today with Hunting staff and guests.  I gave a clinic at the far end of the range then played 6 holes with each of the three groups.   Then we had dinner in Macleod house which was very nice , all the lads were great and everyone had a fantastic time.

Tuesday 1st July

Marian and I were up at Skibo castle for one of the Foundations biggest fundraisers of the year.  We had 22 pairs all playing 18 holes then dinner in the castle at night.   I gave a clinic on the range then stood on the fourth tee all day as anyone who hit the green at the fourth 156 yards won a bottle of our Tomatin whisky.   We also had Dons legend Alex Mcleish help me with a q&a in the evening which went down very well.   As ever Skibo and all the staff looked after everyone brilliantly all day.