Saturday 29th March 2008
Andalucia 78+66+73+68=285 (-3)
I played good again today, pretty much the same as yesterday. I shot 4 under par and I had plenty of chances. It's a pity about my back nine yesterday because after Thursday I have played really well and actually holed my fair share of putts. I think the whole hotel must have heard me shouting when Aberdeen scored their 4th goal, it should be an exciting game against Falkirk.
Friday 28th March 2008
Andalucia 78+66+73=217 (+1)
I had a very strange day today! I was 4 under after 12 holes having played really well and rolling it great on the greens. Then I played the last six holes in 5 over par, missing short putts on five of them. Who said 'It's a funny old game' My finish came from nowhere which was very frustrating, however it was windy today which made club selection tricky and we can only try again tomorrow. Come on the Dons!!!
Thursday 27th March 2008
Andalucia 78+66=144 (LVL)
What a difference a day makes!! I went to the range last night after my round, Andy had noticed I was moving off the ball on my backswing so that was my swing thought today. I played beautifully and rolled in a few putts. The wind was not so strong today, so I hope level par makes it for the weekend.
Wednesday 26th March 2008
I had to withdraw from the pro am because of the flight delays yesterday, so this afternoon Andy and I walked the course. It is quite short and tricky with small sloping greens. There are a lot of holes that will play iron of the tee, but it's in good condition. My back is still stiff but feels ok.
Tuesday 25th March 2008
My flight to Heathrow this morning was delayed by two hours because of the weather. When we eventually arrived in London we were held on the plane as one of the baggage handlers was involved in an accident and sadly died. The delay meant I missed my connection to Malaga but my problems are nothing compared to someone losing their life, it's a real tragedy and I feel for his family. I will now stay in London overnight and fly to Malaga in the morning.
Monday 24th March 2008
I was in to see Gillian again tonight about my back. It has improved quite a bit and as well as her usual treatment she also did trigger point acupuncture to my glutets medius, which is the first time I've had that done. Here's hoping it works. I'm going to fly to Spain tomorrow and give it a try and I will see how my back feels in the pro am. I sent Alastair Forsyth a well done text last night, it was a great win for him, he's a good lad who works very hard at his game.
Saturday 22nd March 2008
I had a rather uncomfortable flight home yesterday but I slept pretty well last night. My back was very stiff again this morning and Marian had to help me on with my socks. Gillian Mitchell managed to fit me in this morning, it was very painful but as always she got it moving and hopefully after I see her again on Monday night I should be ok for Spain next week.
Friday 21st March 2008
I woke up this morning and couldn't get my socks on!! My back hasn't been great since I arrived in Madeira but it was much worse this morning. I went to see the physio when I arrived at the course and I had two attempts to hit balls on the range but I couldn't get through the ball at all. Therefore I've had to withdraw which is very frustrating but all part of tour life.
Thursday 20th March 2008
Madeira Island Open 1RD 76 (+4)
I played good today but my short game was awful. I had 3 three putts and a 4 putt and I couldn't have putted any worse. I hit the ball nicely which has been the story for quite some time.
Wednesday 19th March 2008
What a fantastic result last night! Aberdeen now have a great chance to get to the final, where anything can happen. I played in the pro am this morning and in the afternoon I went to the gym. I tee off tomorrow at 1.20pm
Tuesday 18th March 2008
It was a little windy yesterday which made the landing into Funchal a little bumpy. This morning I played with Gary Orr and Alastair Forsyth, the course is in very good condition. Alastair holed everything and easily took the money! Tonight we are going to eat early so we can watch the Aberdeen Celtic game at the Irish pub. Come on the Dons!!!
Monday 17th March 2008
We had a busy weekend of football....Michael played for his school team on Saturday and then on Sunday he had his first game on trial for the Aberdeen under 10s squad. He really enjoyed it and did well. Craig scored a hat trick on Sunday for his FDS under 13s team. On Saturday we were all at Pittodrie for the Gretna game which had a very poor atmosphere, maybe because of the situation Gretna have found themselves in, I feel for all the players and staff. We watched the CIS Cup Final, I felt for Dundee United who I thought deserved to win.
I left the house early this morning to drive to Edinburgh airport for my flight to Madeira.
Thursday 13th March 2008
Mr Muir and I attended the Aberdeenshire Council's infrastucture services commitee meeting and I am delighted to say our project at Blairs received their approval. To say I'm excited would be an under statement and the project is another step closer to my dream of having my first course design in Aberdeen.
Monday 10th March 2008
My flight to South Africa was delayed by 3 hours, then as usual my clubs never arrived...it's not like British Airways is it? The Canon golf day is taking place at the Pecon Wood Country Club, Peter Baker, Tony Johnstone and Jeremy Dale who is one the worlds best trick show artist are also here along with 70 Canon guests.
Sunday 9th March 2008
We were all at Pittodrie this afternoon for the Scottish Cup game against Celtic. There was a very poor crowd of only 10,900 which for a game against Celtic is quite disappointing and the fans who stayed away missed a great game. The game finished one all with Celtic scoring very late on. After the match I went straight to the airport to fly to Johannesburg overnight for a Canon company day on Tuesday.
Monday 3rd March 2008
'The Paul Lawrie Scottish Schools Championships'
Yesterday, I met Robin Hiseman from European Golf Design (EGD) and Stuart Cruickshank from the Muir Group up at Blairs College for a walk around the land to see roughly where the golf hoThe Paul Lawrie Foundation will sponsor the 2008 Scottish Schools Championships, which are scheduled to return to the N.E. of Scotland with the Boys Championship to be held over the course at Inchmarlo and the Girls Championship over the Banchory course, both Championships are to played on Monday 16th June.les might go. It's the third time I've been up and the view gets better each time. I was back this morning again at Blairs to speak to some press about the project.
Saturday 1st March 2008
Yesterday, I met Robin Hiseman from European Golf Design (EGD) and Stuart Cruickshank from the Muir Group up at Blairs College for a walk around the land to see roughly where the golf holes might go. It's the third time I've been up and the view gets better each time. I was back this morning again at Blairs to speak to some press about the project.