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Bernie – How It All Began – Part 2 & The Best Part.

Saturday, 19th March, 1988 … The NSW State Election is won by the Liberal/National coalition led by Nick Greiner winning 59 seats compared to 43 seats to the Labour Party headed by then Premier Barry Unsworth. Twelve years of Labour rule had come to an abupt end.  After six years savouring the best job I could have imagined, I am now technically out of work but alas, and sadly unlike a few on Mr. Booth’s staff, I was still an employee of the Premier’s Department and the back to ...

Bernie’s Tales On Tour – Chapter 1. How It All Began … Part 1.

It has been mentioned often I should write a book. Maybe I should, given I have been walking around with a media badge either around neck or pinned to my shirt since the early to mid 1980s. I had been drawn into tournament golf by Australian great Greg Norman who, in the mid-70s to early ’80s, was seemingly winning everything. Indeed, Norman won 13 of an eventual 32 Australasian Tour events from 1976 to end of 1984.  He returned home a year later and went on to win another 19 ‘home’ ...

A PGA Tour First In 238-Days With Spectators Allowed Into Houston Open

In what will be a PGA Tour first in 238 days organisers of next month’s The PGA Tour have announced 2,000 spectators a day will be allowed to attend next month’s 73rd edition of the Houston Open in Texas. It will be the first golf tournament on either the European Tour or PGA Tour to allow spectators, and this after organisers of the recent ASI Scottish Open had to abandon plans to allow 650 spectators per day due to an increase in coronavirus cases. However, those lucky enough to get a ticket ...

Ferguson Full Of Praise For Dullatur Club Head Pro Following Scottish Championship.

Glaswegian Ewen Ferguson finished the leading Scot and securing his third top-20 result in his 12 events since the lifting of the ‘lockdown’ following the hosting of the inaugural Scottish Championship at the Fairmont Resort of the outskirts of St. Andrews Ferguson, 24 grabbed a seventh hole eagle ‘2’ along with five birdies, including a gem at the last, but also a fourth hole double-bogey in his closing score of 67 for an 11-under par total and a share of 16th place. And afterwards the young ...

Otaegui Joins Seve & Rafa As Only Spaniards To Win In Scotland

Adrian Otaegui has become only the third Spaniard to win on Scottish soil in storming his way to a four-shot success in the inaugural Scottish Championship at the Fairmont Resort to the east of St. Andrews. Otaegui, 27 brilliantly muscled his way from four shots back to win with a nine-under par 63 and a 23-under par victory tally on the Torrance course at the Fairmont Resort. The San Sebastian golfer looked in a class all his own having shot a first round 62, under a ‘four day preferred lie’ ...

Golfer Stumbles Onto Race Track As Horses Bear Down On Him

Forget about the birdies, start worrying the approaching race horses. An idiot New Zealand golfer just happened to wander onto an adjoining horse-racing track while playing a game of pitch-and-putt on the Ellerslie golf course laid out in the centre of Auckland’s Ellerslie race track. The golfer had ventured under the rails to retrieve his golf ball and much to the shock of the jockeys, and also TV announcer calling the Great Northern Steeplechase. “We were all yelling at him, he obviously ...

Dodd Draws Disappointment Selling 1989 Amateur C’ship Winning Medal.

Welsh golfer Stephen Dodd has drawn disappointment in putting his 1989 Amateur Championship medal up for auction. Dodd has assigned Graham Budd Auctioneers to auction the 9 ct gold medal he won at Royal Birkdale with an asking price of £2,500 to £3,500. The Welshman defeated England’s Craig Cassells 5 & 3 in the final. Since turning pro in 1990, the now 54-year old Dodd has won 17 times in his pro career including three wins on the European Tour. Dodd’s biggest win was his Irish Open ...