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
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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 well....it was a superb day.
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.
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:
MANY THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED!!
Crossing the finishing line!
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.
At the top of the Devil's Staircase
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'.....it'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.
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)
With Scott Cunningham & Travis
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!
The Famous Drovers Inn
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.
Descending Conic Hill
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!
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.