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I'm so British, I moan when the weather is cold and wet and now I'm moaning because I'm too hot - as I sit typing with a fan whirring beside me. The trouble is, we go from one extreme to the other, although if I have a choice, I'd much rather play golf in warm weather, or should I say, under the boiling sun, as I did today.

This fourball was planned months ago as myself and the BBC star and Women & Golf columnist Naga Munchetty were joined by two competition winners, Jane Withers and Helen Sleightholme, to play on the Marquess course at Woburn, the venue for last year's Ricoh Women's British Open.

 

With factor 50 on and several bottles of water in our bags, (Naga told me off for not wearing a cap or visor) we had a fabulous game, although it is difficult not to enjoy Woburn even if you're having a shocker of a round. Rather than a straightforward fourball betterball, Helen suggested that we partner each player for six holes - I'll remember this format in future as it was very sociable and enjoyable, just like the cheesy chips that we ordered to go with our post-round salads! It was all so healthy until that point.

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Flaming June! I was cursing flaming weather last Tuesday. It was Women's Golf Day, not just in the UK, but around the world, although the UK must have been the wettest! Women & Golf, in association with American Golf, hosted a day at High Legh Park Golf Club in Cheshire. Despite the awful weather, I was so impressed at the number of ladies that turned up, either to try golf for the first time or play in the 9-hole competition, especially as they hadn't even had to pay to attend, so they could easily have not bothered.

The ladies really enjoyed themselves, and I did too. Cheering any Prosecco challenge winners if they managed to sink three consecutive putts from various lengths and the worthy prize winners, along with a new role -  announcing the ladies and what golf clothes they were wearing as they strutted their stuff for the fashion show. A great success all round, and I believe a few more ladies have now got the golf bug.

 

 

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Three rounds in three days at the fabulous Quinta do Lago resort in Portugal -  you'll be able to read about my experience in the next issue of Women & Golf. That's what my golf is like nowadays, all or nothing. I won't be picking up a golf club for a few weeks now. That's my excuse for playing inconsistently, although the truth of the matter was demonstrated at the resort's Paul McGinley TaylorMade Academy. It's not the first time that I have seen my swing, I didn't like it then either! The camera never lies, the only positive comment as shown below, is that I keep my head nice and still - oh well, plenty to work on when I can find the time. If an opportunity arises to have your swing recorded, then take it, as when you can see your faults, many of which you don't even realise, it helps you to understand and address them more easily.

After arriving home late on Tuesday evening, I was looking forward to the following day and one of my favourite events of the year - the Golf Foundation's annual awards ceremony at Wentworth. It is wonderful to hear so many inspirational stories of how golf clubs, club members, coaches and volunteers have helped to change kids' lives through golf. This year was no exception and the story of how an autistic youngster spoke his first words in public when he managed to strike a good shot brought a tear to my eye. See the image below - congratulations to all the winners.

 

 

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I've just finished packing as I'm off to Portugal tomorrow for a two-night press trip. It's an early flight and I have to leave home even earlier, 4.30ish, as months ago I committed to taking care of two cockapoos for the night, brothers Seve and Rafa (the family are golf and tennis fans.) I've got to drop them back at my friend's house on the way to the airport - just what you need in the early hours, although how can I possibly refuse these two!

This is my second visit to the Algarve within the last two weeks and on my last trip my meeting conicided with the European Tour tournament at Morgado Golf Resort in Portimao. I was fortunate to play in the pro-am with Englishman Simon Khan.  I knew that he was local to me, but it then transpired that we went to the same schools and have mutual friends, so it was a round down memory lane.  At least I played so much better than when I last posted my blog.

On Wednesday I attended the SSE Women's Invitational event at Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club and what an interesting and thought provoking day it was with discussions on flexible working, the best way to network, and a highlight in the evening was a panel discussion with Sir Clive Woodward, Olympians Sam Quek and Jazmin Sawyers and Ladies European Tour rookie Inci Mehmet. The love.golf programme provided golf for beginners, while experienced golfers headed out for 9 holes. There was also styling by Harvey Nichols and I really wish I'd taken the opportunity to test drive an Aston Martin - perhaps next time!

I really need to try and get some sleep now!

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Congratulations to Anna McKay from the Crail Golfing Society. Just thirteen-years-old, she won the Fife women's county championship and is possibly the youngest ever winner of the title and clearly a great ambassador for girls' golf in Scotland.

If only I could have played as well as her when I visited The Grove in Hertfordshire earlier this week to celebrate the opening of their new golfers' lounge - much needed to accommodate all their golfing groups. It was one of those days when the harder I tried, the worse I got! Playing with guys doesn't usually faze me, but on this occasion, because I wasn't holding my own and rarely contributing to the team score, I did feel slightly intimidated. That said, I'd probably have felt the same way if I was playing with three other women.

One of the gentleman in my fourball was BBC news presenter Dan Walker and what a gent he is, and a fantastic golfer. At 6ft 6ins, I didn't realise he was so tall - see pic below. It's not surprising that he regularly wins the longest drive prize and this day was no exception - just another 300 yards! As Dan had to dash back to Manchester after the round, the only consolation for my rubbish golf was that I could drown my sorrows with his prize of a bottle of champagne!  I really do need to start practising to improve my golf.

Until the next round ....

 

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