Paul Lawrie

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Monday 30th August 2010

I was at Peterculter Golf Club this afternoon for the Schools Team Challenge which my Foundation sponsored.   I presented the prizes and said a few words.   My thanks to Derek Johnston and his helpers for another well run event.  

We were at the Marcliffe in the evening for my Foundation Dinner which was again a great night.   My thanks go to our speakers who were fantastic..........Professor David Purdie and Jim Leishman MBE and also our MC for the evening Richard Gordon.   Huge thanks to everyone who took a table and everyone at the Marcliffe for another wonderful meal.   I also spoke which is something I still get a bit nervous about but I think it went ok.   We raised around 35K on the night which is fantastic and will make a huge difference to the Foundation.

I fly to Switzerland tomorrow morning for this week's Omega European Masters.


Professor David Purdie, myself, Richard Gordon & Jim Leishman MBE


Sunday 29th August 2010

JWC 4RD 69+73+73+77=292 (+4)

There was a lot more wind today which made it very tricky indeed.   I struggled a bit and shot 77 +5 which dropped me down to 51st which was a pity as I played nicely the first three day without holing much.   We had tea at Deeside watching Captain Montgomerie make his picks.   It was a bit of a surprise when he left out Paul Casey but it must have been very difficult as at least one world class player was going to be disappointed.
Saturday 28th August 2010

JWC 3RD 69+73+73=215 (-1)

I hit the ball extremely well today giving myself quite a few birdie chances but unfortunatley I shot 73 +1 again to be one under overall.   I spent a lot of time on the putting green this afternoon using my putting arc so hopefully they will go in tomorrow.  I popped into the Sky commentary box again today for more practise ahead of the Ryder Cup.
Friday 27th August 2010

JWC 2RD 69+73=142 (-2)

There was a half hour delay for fog this morning which meant I teed off at 9am.   I got off to a poor start by bogeying my first hole (10th) and I was three over for the day after 7 holes.   I managed to steady the ship coming in so overall 73 today was about right as I hit a number of poor iron shots.   I did some commentary for Sky Sports this afternoon which was a bit of practise before I do Ryder Cup for them, I really enjoyed it.   My thanks to Ewen Murray for making it easier for me, they have asked me in tomorrow as well (Maybe they are telling me I need the practise.)
Thursday 26th August 2010

JWC 1RD 69 (-3)

I was off at 1.30pm today which meant I had a bit of time to kill in the morning.   I watched some dvds and read the papers.   I had breakfast with Richard Boxall and Tim Barter who both work for Sky.   I am doing commentary for Sky at the Ryder Cup so I was picking their brains a bit.   I played nicely today shooting 69 -3 which is just inside the top 20.   It was a pretty nice day with just a little breeze.   I drove it awesome today but hit a few slack iron shots but overall it was a good start.
Wednesday 25th August 2010
I drove down to Gleneagles on Tuesday morning for this week's Johnnie Walker Championship.   I hit some balls then played 10 holes with Andrew Coltart.   The course is in magnificient condition with the greens rolling quite fast.   Myself and Alan Reid went to the Aberdeen v Alloa match in the evening which was good with the Dons winning 3-0.   Today I played at 12.40 in the pro am with three really good guys, it was a nice day which always helps.   I was interviewed by Sky Sports who were asking who I would pick if I were Colin Montgomerie, I said 'Harrington, Rose and Casey'   Thankfully it's not my decision.....I'm sure Monty will get it right.
Sunday 22nd August 2010
We were all up at Inverallochy today for one of our Foundation Flags and Stableford events.   Craig and Michael were both playing in the stableford.   I hadn't been at Inverallochy since I used to play the winter alliances.   The course was in great condition, the weather was fantastic and the food in the clubhouse was superb.   I always get a real kick out of seeing loads of kids playing in our competitions and seeing how they all improve so quickly.
Saturday 21st August 2010
I was out at Pine Lodge this morning hitting balls, I worked mainly on slowing down my change over.   I do this by making a backswing, pausing and then making a downswing.   I have also been struggling with my left leg again but the pause drill also helps that quite a bit.    Michael, Alan Reid and myself were at the Aberdeen game in the afternoon which was pretty scrappy but another good win for the  boys.   Top of the league is always good.
Friday 20th August 2010
Today I played in the Deeside Pro am with Craig, Michael and their cousin Sean.   I shot 67 -3 which finished third equal.....I played nicely.   The boys were disqualified on the 10th hole, it was two scores to count and Craig scooped up his ball thinking that one of the other two had holed out which in fact they hadn't.   I never thought of replacing the ball under a penalty until after we had teed off at the next hole.   So both Craig and I were incredibly stupid (sorry boys)   They probably wouldn't have won a prize anyway but it was still disappointing for them.   The whole day was fantastic from the condition of the course to the food and organisation.   Mike Loggie of Saltire Energy was the main sponsor.....well done to everyone.
Thursday 19th August 2010
I played in the VSA Tartan Pro am at Cruden Bay today, I shot 72 +2.   I played ok but had a triple and a double bogey, so overall it was ok really.   My team of Craig, Alan Reid (Hunting Welltonic) and Barry Duncan (CNR International) won with a score of 128 -12 which was very good.   They were all really chuffed with their trophies.   Alan played outstanding making three nett eagles.   Both Alan and Barry are Foundation sponsors so it's great to take them out.
Wednesday 18th August 2010
Myself and the boys played on the Jubilee course today which was the first time any of us had played there.   I thought the course was really good and very interesting to play as it plays hard and fast.   Adam walked round with us, I played nicely so it was good for him to see that.   We are staying at the Fairmont St Andrews Bay which has been refurbished lately.   We all went for a swim when we got back.   We drive home early tomorrow as I'm playing in the VSA Pro am at Cruden Bay.
Tuesday 17th August 2010
I played at the Old Course St Andrews today with Craig, Michael and David Law.   It was the first time the boys had played the Old Course and they both absolutely loved it.   Craig was only two over par playing the 15th but ran up an 8 unfortunately.  I really enjoyed taking them round, showing them where not to go etc (all the places I normally end up!)   Michael and I won the game 1 up after coming from behind.   It was good to play with David as I hadn't seen him since the Scottish Open, he played nicely and was upbeat about his gaolf.   We are playing the Jubilee tomorrow.
Saturday 14th August 2010

I was out at Oldmeldrum Golf Club today for a skins match to celebrate the clubs 125th anniversary.   I gave a clinic on the range and then after lunch myself, John Caven, Hamish Love and Greg Law (club champion) played 18 holes.   It was a great day with quite a few members walking round with us.   The weather and the course was fantastic especially the greens which were in great shape.   My thanks to everyone at the club for looking after us so was a superb day.


Friday 13th August 2010
I was down seeing Adam this morning, we worked on my leg action as my left leg has been annoying me lately.   He also noticed the club was slightly outside on the backswing as I have  been working on keeping it short and tight on the way back for a while now.   He really liked the work I have been doing with the putting.   I have been using the putting arc a lot lately and it's starting to look and feel really good.   I played nine holes at Deeside with Michael late afternoon, then had tea at home followed by some short game practise at the house.   Good luck to Mark McGhee and the boys for this season, I hope to get along to more games than last year.   I'm really looking forward to it.
Thursday 12th August 2010
I took a team at Deeside today in the AFC Ex Players Golf Day, Alan Reid, Bruce Ferguson and Charlie Parker were my team.   We had a great day and actually won with 91 stableford points with the best two scores counting.   The course was in fantastic condition and the whole day was organised very well.   Congratulations to ex player Brian Grant who won the individual with 40 points (and I thought the tour was tough)   I spent the afternoon chipping and putting at home.
Wednesday 11th August 2010

We were at Inchmarlo today for a golf day with Catriona Matthew.   We invited the 16 girls who qualified to play in our Foundation matchplay to spend the day with Catriona.   The weather was unfortunately awful so Catriona gave a 45 minute clinic, then watched all the girls hit some balls.   The girls got their photo taken with Catriona which she personally signed for them.   Many thanks to Catriona for driving up, I'm sure the girls all really enjoyed the experience.


Monday 9th August 2010

Day 7 - Kinlochleven to Fort William 14 miles

We stayed at the Tailrace Inn last night which was really good and it had a pool table.  At breakfast this morning Lynda had a cooked breakfast for the first time, someone said 'hope that doesn't slow you down' (nae possible).  We set off at 9am in a steady drizzle which quickly became a downpour for at least 5 miles.   Today was again brilliant fun and a lovely walk, we crossed the finishing line at 3:30pm.  Marian's cousin Doreen, had organised local press and a photographer to capture our finish!  We have had a brilliant time and some great laughs along the way.  Huge thanks to Murray & Lynda and Alan & Val for coming with us, very very good of you all. Marian organised the whole trip, and as ever it went like clockwork.  Huge thanks to Kenneth and Nicola for keeping our cars for the week.  Kenneth presented us with a bottle of Whisky to commemerate the walk from The Whisky Shop, he even had the date of our finish put onto the bottle - what a fantastic present. I thought I would do a small awards ceremony........ so here goes:

  • Drama Queen....Murray (blister)
  • Fastest Drunk....Half Pint Lawrie
  • Best Hotel....Bridge of Orchy Hotel (great food, great service and friendly staff)
  • Best Pub....Drovers Inn (built in 1705 - Fantastic)
  • Best Moment....False teeth guy (never to be beaten)
  • Quote of the week....Val (is the finish where we started)?  Yes cos we drove to Fort William then train to Glasgow for fun!!
  • Most Precious....Alan (he does nothing for himself)

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    Crossing the finishing line!


    Sunday 8th August 2010

    Day 6 - Kingshouse to Kinlochleven 9 miles

    After dinner last night we got Murray to show us his blister as he had been complaining for days.  None of us could believe the size of it (magnifying glass springs to mind)!  We set off at 9am this morning after another full scottish breakfast (big dave).  We had to go over devils staircase, Lynda had been bringing up the rear all week and to our amazement when we looked back from the top we thought she had passed some people but they had actually stopped for their lunch.....Val had another wee slip, but nothing serious.  Today was only 9 miles so we arrived into Kinlochleven around 1pm to check into the Tailrace Inn.  We had some lunch then headed into the shops (well shop as there was only one) to stock up on supplies for our final day. I had a pint of Belhaven with my lunch which was not a good idea as i'm bad enough having one pint at night! They don't call me half pint Lawrie for nothing!!  Today's walk was short but very good as again the scenery and weather were magnificent.

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    At the top of the Devil's Staircase

    Saturday 7th August 2010

    Day 5 - Bridge of Orchy to Kings House 12 miles

    As we were having a pre dinner drink last night we met Scott Cunningham and his quide dog Travis.   Travis is the only guide dog to be named 'Scottish Guide Dog of the Year' twice.   They have done the West Highland Way twice and the Speyside Way (100 miles) also the Pennine Way (286 miles)...quite an incredible feat.   Scott lost his sight 17 years ago and this year was named 'Scottish Fundraiser of the Year'   We had some pictures taken with him.   I suggested a golf match between tour pros and some blind golfers which he was excited about.   He is a real inspiration and a great guy.   We walked the 12 miles to Kings House Hotel today which was a really nice walk and the weather was fantastic.   Murray (i don't need to practise) Carnie has our first blister of the trip which understandably slowed him down.   We heard today Hue & Cry are recording a new song instead of 'Looking out for Lynda''s going to be called 'Looking out for Murray & Lynda'   At least he set a blistering pace this morning.   It turns out he's had the blister since day one but kept it quiet (teacher)   Marian and Val were feeding the deer from their hands outside the Kings House Hotel.....just amazing.   The scenery today was spectacular.

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    Friday 6th August 2010

    Day 4 - Inverarnan to Bridge of Orchy 19 miles

    We stayed at Rose Cottage B & B last night which was really good and had single beds (what a boost).   We left there at 08.30am and walked to Tyndrum (12miles) we had lunch there.......scotch broth and a roll in sausage (ya beauty)   The second leg took us to Bridge of Orchy (7 Miles) it was really heavy rain this afternoon which was hard going.   It was also windy walking behind Val (must have been the beans from breakfast)   Marian set off the hotel fire alarm while having her shower  (silly bitch)   We cause chaos wherever we go!!   We are meeting at 6.30pm for a well earned pint and some food.   Thanks to everyone who has donated, it really keeps us going, especially after a tough afternoon.   PS   Just had three firemen in the room making sure we weren't burning (unbelievable)

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    With Scott Cunningham & Travis

    Thursday 5th August 2010

    Day 3 - Rowardennan to Inverarnan 14 miles

    Day 3 saw us walk 15 miles from Rowardennan to Inverarnan which was quite tricky walking over bolders and tree roots.  Val had our first mishap today slipping and skinning her elbow luckily she landed mostly on her bottom (plenty of padding lol).  We headed straight to the Drovers Inn for a pint as we thought we deserved it as today was hard going.  The pub is amazing as its really really old with loads of character, but no Belhaven best!  Oh well Guiness will have to do.  We have now done 41 miles since setting off.  Nae bad for a fat boy fae kemnay!

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    The Famous Drovers Inn

    Wednesday 4th August 2010

    Day 2 - Drymen to Rowardennan 15 miles

    Day two of our epic adventure (lol) saw us leave Drymen this morning after a hefty breakfast and head to Rowardennan which took us over Conic hill which was pretty tough both up and down!  Today was much tougher than day one, but great fun, especially when an old guy recognised me and asked for a picture, just as Alan was away to take the photo the old guy said 'stop, wait till I put my teeth in'!  He then proceeded to take out some false teeth out from this top pocket and pop them in!!  (Could only happen to me)!  Three guys passed us on bikes, the last guy nearly crashed after spotting me he said 'Paul Lawrie, wasn't expecting to see you here'!  Alan took off up one steep hill and Marian said 'Alan does really well considering his wee short legs'! (Brilliant).  We have had some great crack along the way, now thankfully its time for a pint of Belhaven.

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    Descending Conic Hill

    Tuesday 3rd August 2010

    Day 1 Milngavie to Drymen 12 miles

    Day one started with a big breakfast before we headed to the start where we gave our bags to travel lite - who will pick up and drop off our bags at each hotel along the route.  We stopped for lunch after 7 miles and made it to our first stop (Drymen) at 3:30pm.  Today was pretty easy and flat which was a nice way to start!  so far no blisters!!  Beer time now!

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    We're off

    Monday 2nd August 2010

    Train from Fort William - Glasgow

    We got back into Aberdeen at 5:30pm last night.  I had an appointment at 7pm with Gillian Mitchell my Osteopath (cruncher to her friends)!  I dropped Craig and Michael at Deeside this morning for their Junior Open ad then I headed into Cults for a haircut. 

    We set off at lunchtime for Fort William to leave our cars with Marian's cousin, and then caught the train to Glasgow.  We are staying staying in the Premier Inn Milngavie tonight, then start our walk tomorrow morning.

    Sunday 1st August 2010

    Irish Open 4RD 66+72+72+67=277 (-7)

    I shot 67 -4 today to finish 7 under for the week.   It was nice to finish with a good score but yet again I missed a lot of putts.   I played with David Drysdale who also played really good and missed so many putts.   I have really enjoyed the course and Killarney and especially having Marian with me this week.    We have had some lovely meals out and I've also had a few pints of guinness which is definately better over there.