I drove down to Ladybank this morning early to watch the final round of our Foundation Junior Jug which was won by Adam Fisher with a score of -2 for 54 holes. The course was in magnificent condition and was a very good venue all round. Huge thanks to everyone at the club for looking after us and of course thanks to Michael MacDougall and Marian for all their hard work.
I flew home this morning via Amsterdam, had a quick change then down to Deeside to watch Michael win the Junior Club Championship by 1 hole against Henry Charles which was really good.
I shot 69-3 this afternoon which looks like missing the cut by 1 shot ahhhhhhh. We had a short delay for lightning with the hooter going off on my backstroke from 20 feet to make the cut !! Normally the officials are so careful to make sure, but it didn't affect me or make any difference . That's 3 MCs in a row now which is pretty frustrating but goes with the territor. y Home tomorrow to watch Michael play in scratch final of deeside junior championship in the afternoon.
The course this week is in fantastic condition and has been set up perfectly with the rough nicely graded so the punishment is tougher the further off line you go. It sounds simple but so many weeks that's not the case. I shot level par 72 this morning which should have been 4 or 5 shots better as I hit it lovely but really struggled to score which has been the case for a while now , as is the case with all their events BMW has put on another great event this week.
I hit balls this morning then had a couple of meetings as well as getting some pics taken at First Group offices to announce the park and ride service for Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen . I also had two phone interviews this afternoon which is the start of the Open stuff being done.
I spent all day at PLGC today which included hitting chipping and putting as well as speaking to the kids who were playing in the two Foundation events we had on today. Bioflow sport bands gave each child a band today and the kids loved them....... so huge thanks to bioflow for doing that.
I couldn't get home last night and had to fly via Heathrow this morning which included a 3 hour lay over .... lovely.
Jamie Donaldson and the inventor of Aimpoint Mark Sweeney were at PLGC today which Billy Fyfe organised so as soon as I landed I popped over and the guys were nice enough to stay back and run me through it. I really like the system, it’s very clever and easy to use. Both Adam Scott and Stacey Lewis use it.
I got off to a nice start with birdies at the third and sixth holes but silly bogeys at eight and nine meant it was level par to the turn , birdies at ten and twelve got me going again only to hit a shocking pull hook with a five iron to double bogey the thirteenth. Eventually I birdied 18 to finish on +1 which missed the cut by one shot. It was a bit of a struggle off the tee this week and I hit some poor iron shots.
I was laying my room service tray outside the door and managed to let it close thank god I had a shirt and shorts on as down to reception to get another key. I couldn't get all the way home last night which is always a pain after missing cuts.
It was a bit of a struggle off the tee this morning so 72 +1 wasn't too bad. The rough is a bit juicy in places which makes it tough to reach the greens. I played with young Matt Fitzpatrick today who is a lovely lad and has a big future. My hands were too high at impact all day today so I went to the range and worked on it for a bit. It's an old problem that comes back every now and again.
I arrived into Cork yesterday afternoon, had a quick change then hit balls for a while as the weather was so nice. I played at 8.30am this morning with one of the Failte Ireland teams who were all really nice and good fun to play with. The course is immaculate especially the greens which are in fantastic condition. After lunch I hit some shots then putted for quite a while. The weather is incredibly nice and it's pretty hot.
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I played at Murcar Links this afternoon with Mike Loggie and his two boys jJck and Michael in the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Northern Open pro am. The course was in fantastic condition probably the best I've ever seen it.
I fly to cork tomorrow morning for this weeks Irish Open which is being played at Fota Island
I gave a clinic then played two holes with each group today at Skibo , we had a few showers but that didn't dampen the spirits of everyone as it was great fun and the course was magnificent. Skibo castle has always been our favourite place to visit we absolutely love it there.
I played at Trump this morning with Alan Duncan from Intermoor and his guests Andy and Stan which was great fun and very relaxed. I hadn't played the course for a while and thought it had kicked on quite a bit from last year.
Marian and I then drove up to Skibo castle in the evening for dinner with the members.
I was up at Castle Stuart doing a golf day for their corporate sponsors . I gave a half hour clinic on long and short game then they played 9 holes. After dinner I did a q&a which was good fun and I must say the homemade banofee pie was epic. Huge thanks to everyone who played, you were all really good fun and I hope you enjoyed it. I arrived home at midnight which was a long day but very good.
Michael and I left early Saturday morning to drive to Machrihanish as Michael was representing the North East in the Area Team Boys Championship with Sam Locke , Adam Fisher and Calvin Cheyne. The weather on Sat afternoon was really poor so the boys decided to walk the course and take notes in their yardage books. The event was foresomes on Sunday morning followed by stroke play with 3 of 4 scores counting in the afternoon. Michael and Adam were 73 and Sam and Calvin 78 in the morning to be 2 shots behind. In the afternoon Adam was 74 and Michael and Calvin were 77 with Sams score non counting. The boys finished second overall 4 shots behind the winning team from Glasgow. The boys all did great and it was a very good weekend. We drove home after the prize giving arriving back at 1am
Michael, Sam, Adam and Calvin looking smart in their
Paul Lawrie Collection shirts
Michael and I were up early this morning to drive to Machrihanish as he is playing in the area team championships for the North East. It took us five and a half hours to get there . It was heavy rain when we arrived so the boys decided to walk the course instead of playing.
I had another golf day today with Saltire Energy and their staff and customers. It was a beautiful day with sun cream required which was nice. I gave a clinic on the range then played 3 holes with each group followed by food and q&a in the evening , they also had some of the new AFC tops as prizes which look great.
I was at Castle Stuart today for a golf day for Morrison Motors and their guests which went very well apart from the weather which was pretty wet. The course was very good and everyone had a great time , I have known the Morrison boys for a long time its nice to be working with them.
I was at Royal Aberdeen for a media day for next months Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. We started off with a bit of fun with everyone taking part in a long drive comp with a left handed driver !! Some very interesting efforts especially mine which was poor but the best was photographer Kenny Smith who managed to hit his own camera and fellow photographers Stuart Adams leg. We then had a press conference in the clubhouse followed by pictures and interviews. Its going to be a great week. Cana wait for it to come around.
I hit some balls at PLGC this morning then had lunch at Deeside and played 9 holes with Craig which was good
I played Royal Aberdeen this morning with our Foundation team of Michael Lawrie , Sam Locke and Adam Fisher , the course was as always in fantastic condition , there was a stuff breeze blowing which made the back nine quite tough.