I was at Stonehaven Golf Club this morning to play with the 9 lowest handicap juniors. We split them into 3 groups of three and I played six holes with each group. I really enjoyed it and I hope the kids had a good time. I ask Charlie Stewart of Royale Photographics to take a photo of me and each junior which I signed at the end of the day. Iain Powell also made up a goodie bag for everyone. We're going to try and do quite a few of these days throughout the year.
We played at Royal Dornoch this morning, I hadn't played there since the Denis Lovell Assistants event around 1989. I had forgotten just how good a course Dornoch is, especially the par 3s which are incredibly good. The course was in very good conidtion and again we had no wind and a bit of heat. There were only three of us played today as Bruce had to fly to Houston on business.
My thanks to Castle Stuart, Brora and Dornoch for the greens fees and to the Royal Marine Hotel and the Links Apartments for our accommodation. As I said earlier in the week Iain Powell arranged this package as an auction item at last year's Foundation dinner, myself, Alan and Bruce bought it. We have all absolutely loved it apart from the A96 it was all good.
We drove to Brora last night, we are staying at the Links View apartments for two nights. We had dinner in the Royal Marine Hotel which was very nice indeed. We played Brora this morning which was the first time I had played there. The course was great and in very good condition. It also has the best half way house in the world (Iain Powell's parents live on the 12th tee) Iain's mum made us bacon and sausage rolls, coffee and scones which was really good of her........thanks mum!! It was Alan and I against Iain and Bruce which we managed to win 2 & 1. We had a quick drink then played foursomes in the afternoon, I hadn't played that format for a while. Brora really is a hidden gem, I had no idea how good it was and I will definately be returning.
I played at Castle Stuart today with Alan 'precious' Reid, Bruce 'crouch' Ferguson and Iain 'low ball' Powell. We are also playing Brora tomorrow and Dornoch on Wednesday. We bought the trip at my Foundation dinner last year. Castle Stuart is very, very good and has been designed extremely well. There is little or no rough but you have to be on the right side of the fairways to attach the pins. We threw up the balls on the first tee and it was 'Precious' and 'Patience' as partners (Reid and Lawrie) We had a great day with the match finishing all square. It was pretty calm today and if it's the same in July for the Scottish Open the scoring will be pretty low. Hopefully the wind will blow a little bit!! We were all really impressed with everything about Castle Stuart.
Crouch, Low ball, Patience and Precious at Brora
I stayed at the Hilton in Glasgow last night then on my way to Buchanan Castle I popped into Loch Lomond for lunch with John Caven (his treat....nearly fell over lol) It was great to catch up with him. I was at Buchanan Castle for a clinic and coaching session with their junior members, they now have fantastic facilities with a driving range, a short game area and 9 hole par 3 course as well as the full 18. My thanks to Keith Baxter, an old friend from my Tartan Tour days and all the kids for making my visit good fun.
I played a challenge match at Blairgowrie today, there was a very good turnout, it was a lovely day and great fun. Thanks to everyone who attended. I hadn't played there for years, it really is a beautiful place to play golf.
Craig won his second round match 5 and 3 early this afternoon. He teed off his 3rd round match at 4.53pm against Jack McDonald, it was a very close match Craig eventually losing by 2 holes. He has done very very well this week especially this afternoon by taking an experienced Scottish Boys Internationalist up the last. I was very impressed with the event this week, well done everyone at the Scottish Golf Union.
We quickly packed up and we are now heading up the road.
We had a long lie as Craig wasn't playing till 1.13pm. It was again really windy Craig played really well to win his match 2&1. Marian and I were a bag of nerves when his name was introduced on first tee but were extremely proud of him.
He did brilliant. It is much easier playing than spectating I can tell you.
We will watch the man united game tonight. Craig plays at 12.13 tomorrow
Image courtesy of Kenny Smith photography
Craig and I watched a bit of the golf last night but as soon as Rory was out of it we went to bed. Rory will learn so much from yesterday which will stand him in good sted for the future.
The boys played at Gullane today as they don't start till tomorrow, the course was in excellent condition but was tough as the wind was blowing quite hard.
Marian, Craig and I left Aberdeen this morning and drove to Dunbar for a practise round for this weeks Scottish Boys. Craig played with Jamie Pryde, Grant Joss and Andrew Carrell none of the boys play till Tuesday so they are playing Gullane no 1 tomorrow.
Watching Craig play is going to be nerve wracking this week but we are looking forward to it. I never had a handicap low enough to get in the Scottish Boys at his age.
Hopefully Rory can hold on tonight.
I was up in Shetland today opening the new practise facilities at Shetland Golf Club. I also played 5 holes with ten junior members and did a Q & A session in the clubhouse. Iain Powell and I flew from Aberdeen at 9.40am this morning with Flybe. Huge thanks to everyone at Shetland GC, they looked after Iain and I really well. They also presented me with an honorary membership which was really nice of them.
I played at Royal Aberdeen this morning with three of my Foundation Team....Philip McLean, David Law and Laura Murray. It was a wee bit cold but pretty nice. The course was in magnificient condition for this time of year. The front nine was down wind and the back was pretty much into which was tough. I shot 69, Philip 75, David 77 and Laura 79. We all played from the white tees which was tough for Laura on the back nine. We had a bite to eat in the clubhouse afterwards. My youngest son Michael pushed my trolley.....thanks pal. Michael and I are heading to Deeside for 9 holes after tea.