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
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I drove down to Ladybank this morning early to watch the final round of our Foundation Junior Jug which was won by Adam Fisher with a score of -2 for 54 holes. The course was in magnificent condition and was a very good venue all round. Huge thanks to everyone at the club for looking after us and of course thanks to Michael MacDougall and Marian for all their hard work.
I flew home this morning via Amsterdam, had a quick change then down to Deeside to watch Michael win the Junior Club Championship by 1 hole against Henry Charles which was really good.
I shot 69-3 this afternoon which looks like missing the cut by 1 shot ahhhhhhh. We had a short delay for lightning with the hooter going off on my backstroke from 20 feet to make the cut !! Normally the officials are so careful to make sure, but it didn't affect me or make any difference . That's 3 MCs in a row now which is pretty frustrating but goes with the territor. y Home tomorrow to watch Michael play in scratch final of deeside junior championship in the afternoon.
The course this week is in fantastic condition and has been set up perfectly with the rough nicely graded so the punishment is tougher the further off line you go. It sounds simple but so many weeks that's not the case. I shot level par 72 this morning which should have been 4 or 5 shots better as I hit it lovely but really struggled to score which has been the case for a while now , as is the case with all their events BMW has put on another great event this week.