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February 2009
Saturday 28th February 2009

First Annual Dinner Dance

Marian and I recently attended the at Ardoe House Hotel. It was a special occasion for the company as it was the 20th anniversary of the management buyout. HRH The Princess Royal was in attencance in her capacity as president of Save the Children. First Group are huge supporters of that particular charity.

First Group Annual Dinner Dance

Photo Courtesy of Ray Smith Photography

Friday 27th February 2009

I got back from Madrid yesterday morning, the trip was great and we played a lot of golf. I hit it well and managed to take some cash off young Lofty. I saw Neil this morning, more for a check up than a lesson. David Law saw Neil straight after me. We worked on David's short pitch shots for a while. David is progressing very well and he put up a good show at the Portuguese Amateur last week. In the afternoon I made another school visit, this time to Kirkhill Primary. Again the kids were really good and we all had a great time. In the evening we had our junior convenor meeting at the Marcliffe, we outlined our plans for the Foundation this year. It was extremely well attended with over 40 junior convenors coming along. I presented the 2008 Boys and Girls Matchplay winners and our Order of Merit winner with their trophies. Stewart Spence provided a fabulous meal, he really is a fantastic supporter of my Foundation.

Kirkhill Primary

Myself, Ryan Bain , Megan Clyne and Alexander Wiseman

Thursday 26th February 2009
Mark Loftus and I flew out to Madrid this week for a few days practise. We arrived on Monday afternoon, hit a few balls and then played 12 holes. We were practising at Golf Santander which is 20 mins from the city centre. The course is only three years old but it's in very good condition. We played 36 holes on both Tuesday and Wednesday which is a lot for an old guy like me. The director of golf managed to get us tickets for the Real Madrid v Liverpool game last night.
Friday 20th February 2009

Marian and I took our range rover up to Morrison Motors this morning to get it serviced. I always really enjoy the crack with Brian, Eddie and the boys.

In the afternoon I visited the launch of our new golf project at the beach leisure centre. Over the winter months my Foundation has been working closely with Aberdeen City Council and Active Schools to promote golf in the area. 250 primary school children from the Kincorth and Torry schools took part in a festival of golf. The main aim of the day was to introduce the pupils to the game in a fun and safe environment. I was really impressed with the children's positive attitudes and work rate. At the end of the afternoon I signed autographs for the children. My thanks go to Steven Thomson from Active Schools for his superb organisation.

Thursday 19th February 2009
I saw Neil Marr today for a lesson which was the first time I had seen him since before Christmas. Neil noticed I had too much weight on my heels and I was moving off it to much on my backswing but overall it looked really good. The whole time I was away I hit balls with gloves under each arm which made a huge difference to my backswing...much tighter and shorter.
Wednesday 18th February 2009

I hit balls this morning which felt good, because of the weather I have done very little since I returned home so it was good to hit a few. I then met Murray Carnie at Mintlaw Garden Centre for some lunch before we watched the Aberdeenshire Schools football team play against the West of Scotland under 18s at Peterhead. I was there to present the Aberdeenshire Schools team with strips sponsored by the Paul Lawrie Foundation.

Thursday 12th February 2009

I played badmington at David Lloyds with Murray Carnie, had a bite of lunch and we then headed up to Tullos Primary School for another of my school visits. It was really great to see so many kids enjoying the snag golf sets that we bought a few years ago. My thanks to all the teachers and helpers for making me so welcome. During the question and answer session one of the kids asked if I had won Wimbledon.....bless!

Tuesday 10th February 2009

I was disappointed the Aberdeen game was off on Saturday but the club made the right and sensible decision. I had a skin tag removed from my eye lid which I've had for years and apart from that nothing has been happening. I've been putting a lot at home, trying to shorten my backstroke. Today I visited St Combs Primary School in Fraserburgh, where they have about 50 children going through the Clubgolf programme.

The children laid on a demonstration in their gym hall, then we had a question and answer session with some interesting questions, as ever!! I handed out some Paul Lawrie Foundation T shirts and pouches and I finished by signing autographs for them. My thanks to Robert Watt, the headteacher and also Paul Robinson (active schools co ordinator) for organising the visit. I have other school visits planned over the next few weeks.

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Thursday 5th February 2009

I dropped the boys at school and then went to David Lloyds for a session in the gym. I have also been contacting members of our Foundation lottery because we have only one more draw left to make. I had a check up at the dentist, where I was given the all clear....thank goodness I hate needles.

Over the last few days I have been working hard on shortening my backswing with the putter, by placing a golf ball a short distance away from the ball I am hitting, it restricts the length I can take the putter back.

Tuesday 3rd February 2009
I flew home from Dubai at 2.30am Monday morning arriving to a lot of snow in Heathrow. All flights to Aberdeen were cancelled so Mike Wilson and I arranged for a private jet to take us from Stanstead to Aberdeen. I had been away for 4 weeks and I was very keen to get home to see Marian and the boys. I dropped Craig and Michael at school this morning, then spent most of the day catching up on emails etc. I also went to the gym in the afternoon as I am keen to improve my fitness over the next few weeks.
Sunday 1st February 2009

Dubai 4RD 68+75+74+79=296 (+8)

I restarted my third round at 7.30am and had really good chances for birdie at the 4th, 5th and 6th but missed them all. I then finished bogey, bogey, double bogey to shot 74 and to be one over for the tournament. I was -4 to the turn and then +5 for the back nine....very very poor indeed. In my final round I teed off at the 10th and hit the ball really good and had seven good birdie chances but turned in one over par. I hit some really poor shots on the front nine and continued to miss everything on the greens. I shot 79 which seems incredible because I hit the ball well for the first 11 holes. Overall this week has been very similar to what's been happening lately. There's enough good to be winning events but I'm hitting 3 or 4 really poor shots a day and not taking my chances when they come along. I'm certainly playing better than my scores suggest. I have 6 weeks off now, where I will be working hard in the gym and also keeping up the good work on the long game.