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April 2011
Saturday 30th April 2011
Marian and I went into town this morning, I bought some DVDs for going away on Monday.   We then popped over to Cove to visit my Mum and have some lunch.   We were at Pittodrie in the afternoon which was bathed in sunshine and it was a good three points.   I checked my loft and lies in the garage when I got home as I'm playing 8 of the next 9 weeks which I'm really looking forward to.
Friday 29th April 2011

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.

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Wednesday 27th April 2011

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.

Tuesday 26th April 2011

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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.

Monday 25th April 2011

 

 

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.

 

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Crouch, Low ball, Patience and Precious at Brora

Sunday 24th April 2011
I was up in Peterhead today as Craig was playing in the Phillips Trophy which is a 36 hole event on the North East men's order of merit.   It was a beautiful day with no wind.   Craig shot two 78's which he wasn't happy with but it's great experience for him.   I walked round in the morning then hit some balls for a couple of hours in the afternoon before watching his final 8 holes late on.   Philip McLean and his Dad walked a few holes in the afternoon, it's great to see Phil Snr looking so well.   I'm off to bed early as I'm leaving early to drive up to play Castle Stuart tomorrow then Brora on Tuesday and Dornoch on Wednesday.
Thursday 21st April 2011

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.

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Wednesday 20th April 2011

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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. 

Sunday 17th April 2011
Craig and I dropped Michael at Deeside on our way to Royal Aberdeen where Craig was playing with 9 other boys who were selected by the North East District.   They have to select a four man team from the ten to represent the district at the area team Championships at Hayston in June.   I watched the first half of the semi final from Hampden before Craig teed off.   It's a real pity about the sending off as it was always going to hard enough with eleven players never mind ten.  
Thursday 14th April 2011
We got home at 11.30pm last night from Dunbar.   This morning myself and the boys went down to Deeside to hit some balls and play 9 holes.   Lots of members were congratulating Craig on his debut in the Scottish Boy's which was really nice of them.   We spent the afternoon at home chipping and putting.   Marian and her parents were working in the garden all day so we had a chipper supper from Jumbo's.   Pity about the Aberdeen defeat to Rangers but apparently they deserved to take at least a point.
Wednesday 13th April 2011

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.

Tuesday 12th April 2011

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

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Image courtesy of Kenny Smith photography

Monday 11th April 2011

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.

Sunday 10th April 2011

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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.

 

Saturday 9th April 2011
I played 9 holes this morning with Peter Smith at Deeside.   I shot -7 thanks to some awesome putting.   Marian and I were at Pittodrie to see Aberdeen get beat one nil by Hibs which was unbelievable considering they missed so many chances and hit the woodwork three times.   Craig our oldest son shot 68 nett 64 in the junior medal at Deeside today which was a fantastic effort.   He has come down from 4.3 to 2.9 already after only three medal rounds..........great going pal.
Friday 8th April 2011
I played 9 holes at Deeside this morning with Craig, Michael and my nephew Sean, we planned to play 18 but Craig wasn't feeling to well so we headed home.   I went to the gym again, as I've done the last few days mainly doing some CV stuff.   We had tea down at Deeside with Marian's parents which was very nice.   I'm now lying on the couch with a diet coke watching the Masters.
Thursday 7th April 2011
I hit some balls at Deeside this morning then met Marian and the boys for lunch.   I spent most of the afternoon working on my short game at the house.   In the evening I had dinner at the Marcliffe with Eric Herd (Farmfoods) who agreed to come on board as a Foundation and Invitational sponsor for this year which is fantastic.......Thanks Eric.   I watched a wee bit of the Masters when I got home, great round from young Rory.
Wednesday 6th April 2011

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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.

 

Monday 4th April 2011

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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.

Friday 1st April 2011
The last two days I have been down at Deeside hitting a few and doing some short game.   I have only hit 100 long shots per day as I'm just trying to keep the feeling going but have spent a lot of time chipping and putting.   Huge thanks for all your messages over the past week.   Tonight Marian and I are taking friends to the Marcliffe for a meal and a few drinks..........taxi!!