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February 2010
Sunday 28th February 2010

We were all at the 'European Golf & Leisure Show' this weekend at the AECC.   We had Graeme Lornie and Hamish Love giving free lessons to over 80 kids.   We also had a long putting competition from 35 feet, anyone holing a putt went into a draw for the chance to win some fantastic Wilson prizes.   Over 850 people had a go over the two days which was great.   The whole show was very good especially as it was the first year, which is never easy.

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Jeremy Dale and I squaring up for a dual!!!

Photograph courtesy of Colin Rennie

Friday 26th February 2010

I have opened an ebay account to allow us to sell items to raise funds for my Foundation.   At the moment there is a signed Callaway Tour bag of mine on there.   It's a fantastic cause, so get bidding!!   I have been hitting balls at home all this week as the weather has been shocking.   It feels good but of course being indoors I can't  see the flight so hopefully next week will be better. 

We are at the AECC this weekend for the 'European Golf & Leisure Show'   My Foundation has two bays providing free 15 minute lessons to children.   We have also a long putt competition....3 balls for £1, anyone holing a putt will be placed in a draw with a chance to win some fantastic Wilson merchandise.   Please come along to support the show and my Foundation. 

Monday 22nd February 2010

Marian and I spent the weekend at Culloden House Hotel along with some close friends.   We had a super time, the weather was much better up in Inverness.   We walked out to Alturlie Point on the Moray Firth on Saturday morning, the scenery was superb.   Our thanks go to the staff at Culloden House who looked after us extremely well.  

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Wednesday 17th February 2010

We were all at Pittodrie last night for the Scottish Cup replay.   It was a very poor performance by Aberdeen who lost to a lower league team again.   I understand fans have a right to vent their frustration but throwing things and spitting at the manager is not acceptable in my opinion.   In saying that I can not think of one Aberdeen player who would get pass marks for last night’s performance……very, very disappointing.

Monday 15th February 2010

Craig, Michael and I played a few holes at Portlethen this morning with their cousin, Sean.   It was pretty cold and then the rain came on so Michael and I headed for the clubhouse after 6 holes.   Portlethen has improved quite a bit since the last time I played it.   Craig and I played a few holes at Deeside in the afternoon, we had supper at the Ashvale which was the first time we had been there for years.   We then headed to the Sports Village to watch our Foundation football teams going through their paces at training.   I also managed to catch up with Jim Leighton who has been doing some goalkeeping coaching for us, he coaches 6 kids on a Monday night which is really good of him.

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Jim and I at the Sports Village

Friday 12th February 2010
Since getting home from the Middle East I have been hitting balls most days at Pine Lodge Driving Range near Kemnay and racking up a lot of hours on my indoor putting green.   While I was away I spent a lot of time in the gym which has resulted in me loosing 14 pounds.   I feel as you can imagine much much better.   Still a fat boy but better.   After hitting balls this morning I met Craig and Michael at Deeside for lunch and then nine holes.
Monday 8th February 2010

Dubai

I missed the cut in Qatar last week which was the first time ever at that event.   I stayed there to hit balls on the Saturday then flew to Dubai on Sunday afternoon.   Marian flew out to join me.....mind you, only just, as they shut the airport after her flight because of snow.   We were staying at the Westin Hotel for the week which was a really nice hotel.   On Thursday I played really good and was two under with two holes to play, it was very windy so it was a good effort.   Unfortunately I finished double bogey (pushed tee shot into a bush), bogey (hit the hospitality unit and rebounded into the water) just call me lucky!!   So I shot one over par.   Friday was pretty much the same story, I played good but couldn't buy a putt.   I finished +4 and missed the cut by two shots.   We stayed on to play and practise over the weekend.   On Saturday I played with Alan Reid (Hunting Welltonic) Mike Smith and Malcolm Wood at the Fire course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.   I played lovely again making 18 pars, I must have missed a dozen birdie chances.   My four week trip has been frustrating as I have missed three cuts with really doing much wrong.   It was great having Marian out for the week, pity the boys had school.