Fatiha Sahnoune (Betscher)
Fatiha is the renowned ‘Tour Miss’ and one of only a handful of women traveling around the world to report on golf full time.
Fatiha has been attending professional golf tournaments for nine years.
In her first year reporting on golf, Fatiha attended more than 25 European and U.S. Tour events including the Majors.
In her nine years on Tour Fatiha has developed a strong working relationship with many of the leading players along with fellow journalists, coaches, caddies and administrators on the European, U.S. and Asian Tours.
And it means Fatiha’s presence at the biggest events on the European and U.S. Tour she gets first hand access to news items.
Whether it comes from the Media Centre, the practice range, the locker room or the championship fairways Fatiha is in position to report on how the players go about finding fewer shots from tee to hole.
Then when the tournament is over Fatiha’s back on the road and already sourcing stories ahead of the next event.
Fatiha is French and currently resides at Crail in Scotland.
In 2010, Fatiha was elected as a member of the Association of Golf Writers.
She’s also a member of the Crail Golfing Society and the course is just a short drive from the Home of Golf at St. Andrews where Fatiha always enjoying visiting.
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.
Some years later Bernie accepted 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 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 that was the first of over 60 Majors Championships he has now reported on up to and including fellow Australian’s Adam Scott’s stunning Masters success.
Bernie annually attends close to 30 tournaments from where he contributes to a number of newspapers in Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
He created history recently in being appointed the first non-European born Secretary of the Association of Golf Writers (Europe) that was founded in 1938 while he also is a member of the Australian Golf Writers Association.
Bernie also resides at Crail and if he’s not home or overseas then he must be 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.