It’s Usually Customary To Present The Visting Media With A Gift – $200?

For some reason, I missed the inaugural 1998 Qatar Masters and won by Scotland’s Andrew Coltart. It was a double celebration for the affable Scot who awoke on the Sunday morning having been confirmed as the 1997/98 Australasian Tour No. 1. Coltart had travelled to Australia in the weeks leading up to Christmas and pulled off a second ‘Down Under’ triumph in three years in capturing the 1997 Australian PGA Championship at the famed Alister MacKenzie designed New South Wales club ...

‘I’ve Talked To Bernie, That’s It’ Declares Tiger.

If you thought you needed any assurance you had had found your place in a chosen field then that comes sometimes when someone of higher authority or stature publicly acknowledges your work or presence. It could be a school teacher being singled out by the school head in front of the entire school or an office worker praised by the CEO in front of the entire company workforce. It was well into the latter half of 2013 when controversial TV analyst, and former PGA Tour player, Brandel Chamblee, and ...

The Day Brian Lara Asked If He Could Join Me In A Game Of Golf

April 11th, 2011 Brian Lara – it’s a name synonymous with cricket as the man many call ‘The Prince’ was just one of two players who scored more than 10,000 Test runs and probably a similar return in One-Day cricket. But to bump into one of cricket’s all-time greats on a golf practice range in the Middle East – no chance! It was Monday of the 2011 Dubai Desert Classic week and fellow Australian Darren King, who works as a director of golf at the Els Club, had invited me to play the course. I ...

The ‘Promise’ Of Two Million Mangrove Seedings For Every Abu Dhabi HSBC Ace.

Fans of professional golf are so used to seeing either a gleaming new car, jewellery, watches or cash on offer for a hole-in-one during competition. And the par-3 seventh on the National course in Abu Dhabi there is not a prize but a ‘promise’ on offer, the like that has never before been offered in major tournament golf. When I first travelled to Abu Dhabi for the inaugural 2006 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship the prize, and usually at the par-3 15th, was a few nights, all expenses paid ...

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 ...