About Us – Fatiha ‘Tour Miss’ Sahnoune (Betscher) & Bernie McGuire.

FATIHA SAHNOUNE (BETSCHER)

Welcome to my world.

My name is Fatiha.  I am French. I am an entrepreneur businesswoman and in 2009 I proudly co-founded ‘GolfByTourMiss’ as a golf news agency.

For more than a decade now I have been reporting full-time on both the PGA and European Tour’s providing an ultra-competitive source of news.  This work has seen me contribute to Agency French Press, and one of the world’s leading news agencies along with Irish Golfer Magazine and being a main contributor to the London Express newspaper golf website.

Over the last five years I have enjoyed the extra passion in undertaking research and collecting golf science data as it relates to the improved performance of golfing equipment.

This passion drove me to become a lead designer and scientist so that I now assist first-hand in designing golf equipment using physics and scientific applied material.

I have studied and taken classes in neuroscience and rheology.

My current challenge is working in the process of designing golf balls.

BERNIE McGUIRE

This is a tale I have told often and how winning first prize in a newspaper sponsored competition led to be becoming a full-time golf journalist.

I had worked for four years on the personal staff of Neville Wran, QC and a former and sadly now deceased Premier of New South  Wales in Australia.

There was a time working on the Premier’s staff, the Premier introduced me and other members of the staff to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip during a Royal Visit to the State.

In 1986, I transferred to become Chief Private Secretary to Mr. Ken Booth and 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 Saturday election, I 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.

Bernie and Tiger Woods chatting at the 2012 Battle of Lake Jinsha in China.

Bernie and Tiger Woods chatting on the putting green at the 2012 Battle of Lake Jinsha in China.

A day later, and as I began the process of attending to the out-going Minister’s business affairs, I 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 took me to my first Major, the 1989 Open Championship at Royal Troon and the first of over now 70 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 2015 PGA Championship winner.

I began as a freelancer filing for Australian-based outlets and now in an unbroken run of over 30-years I have filed to Daily Record (Scotland), the Herald Scotland, The Express (London), The Sun (London), the Telegraph (London), the Irish Independent, the Irish Star, the Irish Examiner and the agencies Associated Press, Reuters and Agency France Press.

Proudly, in 2014 I created history in becoming the first non-European born Secretary of the Association of Golf Writers (Europe) that was founded in 1938.

I am also a proud  member of the Australian Golf Writers Association and has long held a Business Administration Degree (B. Bus).

One of my favourite places away from the Tour is playing golf on either the Balcomie or Craighead courses at Crail Golfing Society, and golf’s seventh oldest club, and where I continue to strive to find the shortest route off a current handicap of 15.