Take the PGA show on the road

UnknownTHERE ARE ANY number of improvements that could be made to the three major golf tournaments currently held in the United States, and here are just a few of them:

The Masters is an anachronistic law unto itself. It may simply be quirky to call spectators patrons and showing live TV coverage of a par three tournament is just about understandable, assuming that you are not one of the unfortunate commentators who has to find something interesting to say about cloyingly sweet children, smouldering-looking wives and girlfriends or stars from the screen and music world not simply content to carry a bag in their Augusta white and green overalls but also invariably attempting a shot or trying to hole a six inch putt to wild applause. Continue reading

Triumphs for Ashdown ladies and Ashdown’s Ollie

Ashdown ladies win Scratch 4s

From left: County Ladies’ Captain, Sue Todd, RAFGC Ladies’ Captain, Poo Adam, and winners, Jacs Marlio and Katherine Russell.

ROYAL ASHDOWN ladies’ Jacs Marlio and Katherine Russell (see above) did not so much win the Sussex County scratch foursomes held at Cowdray Park as blow the opposition away. In the semi-final against Rye the Ashdown girls powered their way to a 4&3 victory only to go one better in the afternoon with a 5&4 triumph against West Sussex in what was a repeat of the 2011 and 2012 finals. Continue reading

Playaway : Ladybank Golf Club, Fife

Ladybank GC 16th hole.

Ladybank GC 16th hole.

LADYBANK IS A SPECIAL course. Whereas most visitors come to the Kingdom of Fife to head for St Andrews and its historic links a good many of them will be approaching the old grey town via Cupar on the A91 which is just a few minutes drive away from Ladybank and this venerable and immaculate track. Continue reading

And finally………

TRADITIONALLY TIPS FOR golf’s four ‘Majors’ have been the responsibility of the RAFGC pro shop. However this year’s break with tradition has brought followers of the Blog four out of the top five on the final leaderboard at Augusta, including the truly revelatory forecast of a top five finish for Hideki Matsuyama, who was being offered at 66-1 at the time of publication, and was not mentioned in any of the national press.

Huge thanks must go to ‘Mystic’ Adam Riddle in the secretarial office for such an inspired tip. Had your Blogger followed his forecast of a top three place for Phil Mickelson rather than Bubba Watson we would have had the entire top five. No wonder the boys in the pro shop are unable to compete with this level of punditry and are wisely sticking to giving lessons! We shall endeavour to bring you similarly stratospheric forecasting, entirely free of charge, for the US Open at Chambers Bay in June!

See you all again next month and do keep those comments coming…..