Showing posts from November, 2009

R&A, Tom Watson & the Open

The R&A have made a small amendment to qualification for previous winners of the Open that allows Tom Watson, last years runner up at Turnbery, and Greg Norman tied for third place at Birkdale in 2008 a route into the Championship if they have gained a top ten position within the last 5 years.
Here is the press release from the Open Championship official web site:

16 November 2009 10:48 GMT The R&A has announced changes to the entry criteria ahead of The Open Championship’s 150th Anniversary, to be played at St Andrews from 11 — 18 July 2010.A new exemption category has been introduced for the 2010 Open. Condition F(4) exempts from qualifying any past Open Champions who finished in the top 10 and ties in any of the previous five Open Championships, thus effectively providing them with a five year exemption into the Championship.“We have introduced this exemption as a direct response to seeing two of our great Open Champions, both in their fifties, challeng…

Seve and the R&A.

I stumbled across the following notification from the R&A web site informing the golfing world that the legendary Seve has accepted an invitation to become an Honorary Member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.
This is an offer that simply recognises Seve's wonderful contribution to golf and should give him a wee boost in his continuing recovery from the life saving brain surgery, to remove a tumour, he underwent earlier this year.
This is great to see and we would dearly love to have him back at St. Andrews in 2010.

Ballesteros accepts Honorary MembershipDepartment: ClubDate: 11 Nov 2009 Severiano Ballesteros has accepted an invitation to become an Honorary Member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

Severiano Ballesteros first caught the attention of the golfing public when, as a 19-year-old, he finished in a tie for second place with Jack Nicklaus at the 1976 Open Championship, held at Royal Birkdale. He then went on to win five Major Championships …

Caddie Season Ends

Monday 2nd November 2009 and there is no journey to my second home, the Caddie Pavilion, at the Old Course St. Andrews.

My golf season at St. Andrews came to a close with two rounds last week over the Old and New courses, both par rounds from the golfer. A rather pleasant surprise considering the awful conditions for the round over the Old Course: consistant rain and wind for the whole round. James, an English club-pro based outside Munich, Germany, and had travelled with seven members from the Golf Club Gauboden for a weeks golf in and around St. Andrews. They had such a good week that he has already booked up for October in 2011.
The caddying may have ended but the golf should continue over the forthcoming winter, when the weather permits! We do have a lovely invitation to Gleneagles Hotel lined up this coming Sunday from LB's cousin and hopefully we will get a game round the superb Kings Course which was designed by five time Open champion James Braid.
On Wednesday 11th November t…