It could be said, and usually is, my writing is better than my golf - It would have to be given the very low standard of my golf - but my stubborn Scottish streak won’t let me give up playing this great game for a lifetime. I started playing the game in Scotland, then a wee bit in Canada, lots in South Africa and 30 plus years in New Zealand.
An author of several self-published books, the last one on golf , “Life’s Lessons Frae The Links” and quoting myself in the preface. “After 45 years of playing and reading about this game of golf it is time to sit down and write about it and pass on my thoughts.
My first two books had a motivational message and now it is time to use golf rather than travel as a metaphor for the lessons we all have to learn.”
In recent years turning my hand and eye to pictorially capturing the essence of this great game. I have created giclee originals and prints of well-known golf holes and golfing landmarks.
My ‘New Zealand ‘ collection’ contains works inspired by Jack’s Point, Titirangi and one entitled, ‘Autumn at Royal Auckland’.
The ‘Memories of Scotland’ collection includes, ‘Dawn at Royal Dornoch’, ‘Evening at Elie’ and ‘Sunset at The Machrie’.
Tiger Woods only needed 100 putts over the four rounds on his way to winning the TPC at Blue Monster and his putting success story has been attributed to Steve Stricker's advice.
Phil Mickelson's short game is something else and though he shows us how to play the shot. Don't think so for us amateurs. It appears Phil was more confident of getting close from the cart path rather than the rough.
"What’s interesting is when Thompson started the week, he had zero expectations. And when he was in second place after 36 holes, the 27-year-old native of Tucson, Arizona, was just happy he had made the cut.
Nine seniors in Campbell University's PGA Golf Management program managed to time the feat just right that each one hit a hard line to the cup.
"Whatever shot you're trying to pull off, you've got to have the belief it's going to work. And if it doesn't ... it'll start sewing those little seeds of doubt in your mind and those seeds grow and they can end up as oak trees in your head."
The remarkable performance of Lydia Ko at the Women's Australian Open overshadowed the presence of the once upon a time teenage phenomenon Michelle Wie.
'I don't give a damn, as long as they don't do their business on the golf course," said Peter Senior commenting on the giant robotic dinosaur displayed at Coolum during last year's Australian PGA Championship.
The OEMs [Original Equipment Manufacturers] know about your ego.
"…the plan to recruit 1,800 volunteers to work at Gleneagles has been branded ‘unacceptable’ by the Scottish TUC [Trades Union Congress}, whose representative Stephen Boyd says he’s sceptical about government claims for £100m economic benefits."
"What is it, this mysterious spray? Human Growth Hormone is converted in the liver to something called IGF-1, or insulin-like growth factor. “We have deer that we harvest out in New Zealand,” Key [By the way that's not John Key NZ's Prime Minister] says.