Fatiha Sahnoune (Betscher)
Fatiha is the renowned ‘Tour Miss’ and among a tiny handful of women travelling the world to report solely on golf and, as such, she has been present at the Majors, Ryder Cup and other leading professional tournaments for near on 10 years.
In her first year reporting on golf, Fatiha attended more than 25 European and U.S. Tour events whereas in 2014 that number was close to 35 tournaments.
It has led to Fatiha developing a strong working relationship with many of the leading players along with enjoying a valuable rapport with coaches, caddies and administrators on the European, PGA and Asian Tours.
Naturally being present at the biggest events on the golfing calendar opens the door to many news items and it’s for this reason her website continues generates enormous interest.
Her position ‘on tour’ has also resulted in Agency France Press, and one of the world’s leading news agency services, often seeking her input.
Fatiha’s newest challenge involved extensive golf science research by collecting data system and with her studies leading to her graduating as a certified putting research scientist with a leading US-based putting authority.
In her research she interviewed the game’s top players along with the best of the best in coaching including Butch Harmon, Sean Foley, Dave Stockton, Pete Cowen, Paul Harrion, David Leadbetter, Brad Malone and David Lee.
She draws on the importance of Metacognition, deliberate practice, biomechanics and vision systems.
Her knowledge has led to a number of players, including a past Major Champion, seeking Fatiha’s direct input, and with Fatiha driving the cause of using a centre shaft putter.
As well, her continuing Neuroscience and physics studies also led to Fatiha designing a line of putters.
Bernie McGuire B. Bus.
Before getting into golf Bernie worked for four years on the personal staff of the Premier of New South Wales in Australia.
There was a time working on the Premier’s staff, the Premier introduced him and other members of the staff to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip during a Royal Visit to the State.
His work on the Premier’s staff led Bernie to accept the position of Chief Private Secretary to the Treasurer of New South Wales.
However his life bizarrely changed when then incumbent Labor Government lost the 1988 State Election.
The day after the election Bernie headed off to the final round of a top Australasian Tour event, and in making his way to the exhibition area he filled out a coupon.
A day later, and as Bernie began the process of attending to the out-going Minister’s business affairs, he received a phone call from a local Sydney newspaper to advise he had won first prize in the tournament promotion of an all expenses paid trip to the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.
That was in March 1988 and an event when American Mark McCumber stormed his way to victory.
This new career path then took Bernie to the 1989 Open Championship at Royal Troon and the first of over 60 Majors Championships including being present in 1993 when Gene Sarazen handed Greg Norman the Claret Jug, shaking the hand of Adam Scott moments after he won the 2013 Masters and more recently also shaking the hand of Jason Day, and the new PGA Championship winner.
Nowadays Bernie annually attends close to 30 tournaments from where he contributes to a number of newspapers and websites in Great Britain, Ireland and Australia.
His many years on tour has led to enjoying a great working relationship with a great many players including 14-time Major winning Tiger Woods as you can see from the photo above.
At the end of 2014 Bernie created history in becoming the first non-European born Secretary of the Association of Golf Writers (Europe) that was founded in 1938.
He is also member of the Australian Golf Writers Association and has long held a Business Administration Degree (B. Bus).
Bernie resides at Crail and if he’s not home or overseas then you should find him out on either the Balcomie or Craighead courses at Crail Golfing Society, and golf’s seventh oldest club, striving still to reduce his current 15 handicap.