I will let you into a secret as to why myself and Samantha Head are laughing in the picture below. It was taken on Monday at Woburn Golf Club during an instruction shoot and the reason for our laughter is because it took Sam a number of takes for one particular video and the more takes, the more frustrated Sam became which was even funnier! I will share the video with you in the near future as I think you will find it funny too!
On Wednesday I flew to Glasgow and back for the day as I was invited to play in the pro-am of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Dundonald Links. As I arrived at the club in glorious sunshine and saw that the public car park was already pretty full, the enormity of the event suddenly dawned on me - and if I'm honest, sheer panic at the thought of playing in front of a crowd. Nerves began way before the 1st tee. I thought it would be a good idea to hit some practice balls, so there I was tightly packed in between the pros, their managers, coaches, and other amateur golfers, with a significant audience watching. Well, I couldn't hit a ball - shanks, tops, all kinds of awful shots - anything other than a good strike. I knew that people weren't interested in me, but it didn't help the situation. I didn't finish the bucket of balls, in fact, I couldn't get off there quick enough!
Ladies European Tour player Kylie Walker had organised a spot for her golf-mad mum Elizabeth as a special birthday present, with Kylie acting as caddie - read more in next week's Women & Golf newsletter and see picture below. Myself and David Connor from Visit Scotland completed the team with the lovely laid-back Russell Knox as our pro.