Theresa and Gordon – Strathaven Golf Club

I have known Gordon for many years. We play golf together – or we try! We tried again on Saturday morning and despite a few promising moments we ended up with the same old dreadful scores. Both of us have been so busy this past year with so few opportunities to meet up for a game. And there lies the problem – to be good at the game of golf you need to practice – a lot. Raw talent isn’t enough for the majority of hackers on Saturday mornings. Without plenty of practice we never seem to get perfect. But there may have been an alternative reason for the poor play on Saturday morning – Gordon’s mind was on more important matters. “What could possibly be more important than golf?” I here you say! Gordon was due back to the golf course later that day for another important date – his marriage to Theresa! Their wedding was a first for Strathaven Golf Club – the first full ceremony held in the club. Both sets of families and friends gathered for an intimate clubhouse ceremony before the party started in the restaurant next door. Katie and I had a great day and watched as the Strathaven Balloon Festival created some spectacular overhead scenes throughout the evening. As the wine flowed and the night flew in, I took Gordon and Theresa away for some photos to a place he was unfamiliar with – the first fairway!  If we keep practicing Gordon you might find it again someday soon!  Special thanks to both sets of families and friends for being so co-operative and to Alison, Chris and the team for looking after us so well. The day became a perfect day when I heard Theresa telling Gordon that he really should play more golf.  What a great start to married life eh? Good luck to the two of you, have a fantastic life together and here are a few favourites from your special day………

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The Open 2013 – Muirfield

My summer of great sporting events continued last weekend with a visit to my favourite golf course, Muirfield in East Lothian, host to the world’s greatest golf major – The Open. I had the good fortune to play Muirfield a couple of years back in a small handicap invitation competition and I played so well that I won! I was inspired by the surroundings and picked up the best prize ever – a second game at Muirfield!
The course also hosted my first ever Open in 1980. I arrived through the gates from the Archerfield side to the par 3 seventh hole and on the tee, in gale force winds, was Jack Nicklaus and Hale Irwin! What an introduction to major golf! From then on Muirfield became my favourite of all the Open venues and I never miss a Championship there.
This time I took my camera along on the first practice day. It is a majestic setting and is in such fine condition it felt like I was the first person to tread the fairways in six months. It’s also a great time to visit without the massive crowds of the Championship days and you can get a bit closer to some of the superstars and get a chance to see a little more of the golf course. No doubt it will throw up another top class winner later this week – only the best win at Muirfield!

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