Bernie Hits First Golf Course Shot Of 2000 In Tonga – Original Article Located 21-Years Later

The 21st anniversary of my historic first golf shot of 2000 on a golf course has been located.  No sooner had I posted a reminder of my efforts 21-years ago and I went ‘surfing’ on the web and found my story. The following 427-word article appeared in the Tuesday, 5th January, 2000 edition of the Daily Record. Here is the link to the article and hereunder is the story. https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Golf%3a+Record+writer+hits+the+first+golf+shot+of+2000%3b+BERNIE+IN…-a060846340 BERNIE ...

Twenty-One Years Ago Bernie’s Historic First New ‘Millenium’ Tee Shot On A Golf Course In Tonga

Twenty-one years ago today, and in the spirit of a new Millennium, I hit the first golf shot on a golf course of this millenium at midnight on the 1st January, 2000 on the tiny Pacific Ocean island of Tonga. I flew from Sydney via Auckland to the Tongan capital of Nuku ‘alofa. Tonga encompasses around 170 islands of which 36 are inhabited while some 70% of the now 100,000 total population of the islands live on the main island. So why go to Tonga to golf? Tonga is located two-thirds of the way ...

Monte Carlo Golf Club – Thirty Years On & The Memories Return.

Thirty-years after my first and only prior visit the memories naturally came flooding back in re-visiting the Monte Carlo Golf Club. It was July 1990 and just two over years since my ‘career-changing’ moment in winning an all-expenses paid trip to the 1988 Players Championship in Florida. A year later in 1989 I attended the first of now over 80 Major Championships in reporting that year on the Open Championship at Royal Troon.  I then returned to Europe in 1990 for my first European ...

Fowler Drops Outside Top-50 First Time In A Decade – Loses Automatic Augusta Tee Time.

American golfing heartthrob Rickie Fowler will end a remarkable run of 42 automatic straight in the Majors at the release of tomorrow’s updated World Rankings. Fowler has qualified for every major since the 2010 but now has dipped to World No. 52 having missed the halfway cut in the Mayakoba Championship and the closing event of PGA Tour year. Fowler, and who turns 32 on December 13th, went into the event ranked 49th in the world and now being outside of the 50 means he will forfeit a Deceember ...

The Late Peter Alliss & My Memory Thanks To The GM At Castlerock Golf Club.

The golf world is in mourning at the passing of Peter Alliss. The eight-time Ryder Cup player, 31-time tournament winner, golf course designer, author and legendary golf commentator known universally as the ‘Voice of Golf’, passed away earlier today (Sunday, 6th December) suddenly but peacefully at home at age 89. In 1958, Alliss won three National Opens in a row, in the Italian Open, Spanish Open and Portugal Open, while in 1961, he worked his first tournament as a broadcaster for the BBC – ...

USS New Jersey & Seated In The Captain’s Chair.

In the many years I’ve been travelling the States since a first visit in late 1980/early 1981 I have enjoyed inspecting some of the most famous battleships and aircraft carriers in the world. This interest was first fostered in sight of the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea moored in Sydney harbour in 1970 and then stepping aboard the USS Missouri (BB 63) when it visited Sydney in 1986 and also the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CVB-41) that sailed through Sydney Heads a year later. I inspected ...

Munich To Paris – There’s Just One Way To Travel.

Working on the European Tour in Germany and France. For a number of the years the Tour scheduled listed on the schedule the BMW International Open in Germany and the following week would be the French Open. The German event would alternate with either Munich or Cologne but in 2015,and when these snaps were taken, the event was hosted by the Nord-Eichenreid course in the north of the Bavarian capital. It was customary on the Monday following the German event to travel by train to Paris and boy, didn’t ...