Showing posts from September, 2011

Dunhill Links Practice

A few pics taken from the final practice day of the Dunhill Links Championship at a very sunny and delightfully warm Old Course, St Andrews.

Rory attending to media duties

World No1 Luke Donald on the range

2011 Open Champion Darren Clarke

Spanish golfer Alvaro Quiros on 16th green Old Course
Alvaro Quiros on 17th Road hole green
The iconic view of the Old Course, St Andrews
The weather is set fair, sunny and warm over the next few days for the Dunhill Links Championship. It is being played over the Old, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns and with such a strong field of the world's golfers in attendance we should be treated to some great links golf. Hopefully see some of you out there on the links.

An Awkward Lie On The Old Course

I took this photograph of the resting place of a third drive from the 1st tee of the Old Course, the first and second drives went sailing Out of Bounds on the right...heading towards the West Sands beach here at St. Andrews.

I was passing the Rangers golf buggy at the time and heard the crash as it hit his cart. Al and I thought the golf ball had a richochet onto the fairway but we could not see it, so we reversed the buggy to see if the ball was underneath. No luck. Then as Alisdair positioned the golf cart back onto Granny Clarks Wynd I 'found' the unfortunate golfer's third drive lodged between the windscreen wiper and window of the Ranger's buggy.

We subsequently found out, as the golfer approached us, that he had failed to call his 'third' drive as a provisional ball so even though his golf ball was in 'play', he had to play where his fourth drive finished, the middle of the fairway.

By my calculations the unfortunate golfer was lying 7 and playi…

R&A Golf Club V St. Andrews Golf Clubs

The 'Town Match' is an annual game played between the members of the R&A and those of the local golf clubs in St. Andrews. It is played over the Old, New & Jubilee courses here on the links in the Foursomes format, alternate shot, and is one of the great fun events of the year.

I finally got my name into the hat along with my golfing buddy of many years, Andy. I sponsored Andy into the St. Andrews Golf Club this year and we were picked out as a team to golf on the Jubilee Course at 11.44am Saturday. Our opponents, from the R&A, were named as Mr J Rigg & Mr D Fay and our team's combined handicaps are 23, so no one gets any shots in this match play foursomes game.

Andy arrives at my 'holiday home' just outside St. Andrews on Friday evening after a horrendous day at work so the decision to head to the Dunvegan Bar in St. Andrews, after a couple of glasses of wine, was a no brainer! Once some food was taken with a couple of pints of guinness I suggested …

Victory for GB&I in Walker Cup


Great Britain and Ireland have won the Walker Cup biennial match for the first time since the Ganton match in 2003.

The final scoreline at Royal Aberdeen's Balgownie links was:

So, in the end, home skipper Nigel Edwards' team needed the big lead they had built up over the first three sessions of play to lead by 5pt going into the final session of 10 singles.

The Americans narrowed the gap to 2pt in the end by taking the singles honours today 6 1/2pt to 3 1/2pt.

GB and I's only winners in the afternoon were Michael Stewart and Rhys Pugh. There were halved matches for Jack Senior, Steve Brown and Paul Cutler.

But all credit to the home squad. The American team was loaded with players rated far higher in the World Amateur Golf Rankings than their GB and I counterparts.

But our men played better in the wind that swept the links for the best part of the two days.

Above text courtesy of 'Scottish Golf View'.

The lin…

Walker Cup Day 1: GB&I v USA

A wonderful day of golf on the links of Royal Aberdeen GC with conditions as one would expect during the month of September in Scotland...sunshine, rain, wind then there was sunshine, rain and a wee bit more wind.
A really good start in the morning Foursomes (pairs playing alternate shots) for the GB&I Team with them coming out on top by 3-1.
The x8 afternoon singles went through all the emotions that golfer v golfer can bring with the USA Team winning the first x3 matches, thus putting a lot of pressure on GB&I in the remaining games and they responded well to that initial burst from the USA by winning four of the remaining five matches. The end result of the first day here at Royal Aberdeen GC is 7 - 4 in favour of GB&I.

A detailed rundown of the matches can be found at the official R&A web site, the link follows:

USA Walker Cup Team at Old Course

I, along with x11 of my fellow St. Andrews Caddies, was given the opportunity to guide the 2011 American Walker Cup Team around the Old Course here at the Home of Golf last Saturday.

USA Walker Cup Team 1st tee Old Course
Unfortunately, for those few that actually follow this blog, I feature quite a lot in the photographs of the American Walker Cup Team as they progress around the Old Course. The pictures were taken courtesy of the ever loyal extraordinary girl.
Boyne points out obvious line to Patrick Rodgers, No3 in World Amateur Rankings

Boyne & Patrick discuss putt on 1st green of Old Course
The x4 ball stride down the 2nd fairway
On the 3rd fairway, 65 yards from front of the green
On the 6th Championship Tee, Old Course
Boyne & Patrick approach the 9th green, 2 under par for front 9  Boyne relaxes as buddy Scottie 'zaps' yardage to 10th green

Striding out from Par3 11th tee, Old Course
Down we go into 'Hell' bunker, par5 14th
Climbing out of 'Hell'

USA Walker Cup Squad @ St Andrews.

The prestigious amateur Walker Cup golf match between the United States (USA) versus Britain & Ireland (GB&I) takes place next weekend, 10th & 11th September.This biennial golf contest consists of 18 singles matches and eight foursomes matches over the competition’s two days. The USA Team has won the last three matches and leads the series overall, 34-7-1.
This is the pinnicle of the amateur golfers career and many have subsequently gone onto wonderful professional golf life, most notably in recent years: Rory McIroy, Paul Casey, Luke Donald, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and many others...
The match is being played at the superb links of Royal Aberdeen, founded in 1780 and recorded as the 6th oldest golf club in the world. It is regarded as one of Scotland's finest links most notably by the golf chronicler Bernard Darwin who thought it "..a noble links". It recently hosted the British Seniors Open in 2005 which was won by the ageless Tom Watson.
The Par3 8th…