The Senior Open at Carnoustie had 4 qualifying sites with approximately 100 players per site for approximately 8 or 9 spots into the event per site. The sites were Panmure, Downfield, Monifieth and Montrose.
Unfortunately, I was not successful in the qualifying at Panmure Links.
It took a score of 71 and I finished on 74.
While obviously disappointed with this result I was fortunate to have my son Kevin fly over and we made the most of the week playing some of the best links courses in the world. The only course that was not a links course that we played was Kirkhill golf club in Glasgow where a good friend Duncan Williamson is the head professional. We were able to play there shortly after Kevin had landed at Glasgow Airport. The rest of the week we played at Monifieth Links beside Carnoustie, Cruden Bay, Royal Aberdeen, Trump International Links and Montrose Links.
When I flew home the following week there was a wonderful opportunity to take some time off from a hectic schedule for almost 2 weeks with just one Pro Am event at Beechwood Golf Club.
After this nice holiday it was back to business working on my game and I want to send a special thanks to Graham Gunn who took the time out of his busy schedule to have a look at my swing and then gave me some great tips which I was able to put it to use.
The immediate result of these lessons with Graham came the following day when I played in the Legacy Ridge Pro Am in Owen Sound where I was fortunate to come out on top with a 69 and my team finished first as well.
This was a real treat as I have played with a couple of the guys for over 15 years (Jim Burlington and Jim Dinsmore) and this year we added Ron Smith to the mix. We had a wonderful time and for the guys to come out on top was an added bonus because we don’t always fair so well as a team and we talked about that following the round. Matter of fact last year I think we finished DFL so it was a nice bounce back!