Ricoh British Open – Tuesday

July 30, 2013

The qualifier was held yesterday at Kingsbarns Golf Links and seems it wasn’t much of a test of shot making skills. Looks like it all was decided on the greens as attested by this post from Karen Lunn on Facebook.

“Disappointed not to qualify yesterday, played great. Can’t believe they set the course up that easy for an open qualifier, was nothing more than a putting competition …”

A playoff determined the final entrants. You can read about it here and find the results here. Of course, anyone with a modicum of internet savvy would have found it by themselves.

Tweets from Beth Ann Baldry:

British bookies have Inbee Park at 5 to 1 …

Front of the media room for Inbee Park’s presser. She’s chasing history! Poor turnout.

I was at St. Andrews the last time the Women’s Open was played there and Dina Ammaccapane was my loop. It turned out to be the finest golf experience I’ve ever had.

First, went over early and checked out the town. Absolutely lovely and an overlooked gem of the crown jewels of The Old Course setting. Once my obligatory tourist duties were complete, the work began.

Here are the highlights of a fantastic week: Stayed at The University of St. Andrews adjacent to the 17th green; Monday qualified; was part of the first group for the opening round; hit a ball into the Swilken Burn; another in the gorse; drove a par 4 and had to sink a twelve-footer for par; had a 71 yard putt (yeah, that’s right, the pin was 72 deep). Pretty much experienced everything except hitting one off the road on the 17th.

On top of all that, I discovered Guinness Stout at the Donvegan Hotel which is just a short iron from the R&A Headquarters.

If I had the dough, I would consider retiring to St. Andrews.

DIY done right: Having a ten-year-old vehicle (Mercury Sable) keeps me on my toes fixing the little things that irritate the senses. Today, I finally decided to tackle replacing the plastic trim that covers the A-Pillars which frame the windscreen on each side.

The plastic tabs which secure them had all but disappeared and both pieces leaned inward. Just for fun, I stopped at a Mercury dealer for a bit of replacement part sticker-shock and they didn’t disappoint. Yikes! $90+tax each was even more than I thought and had me looking for an alternative.

The local bone yard (recycling center) was ten miles down the road so that’s where I headed. After paying the $1 entry fee to Barry’s U-Pull-It, the search commenced in the Ford/Mercury section. There wasn’t a Sable in sight but It didn’t take long to find a Taurus with similar trim. A few minutes later the parts were in hand.

Upon check-out, I was hit with the tab. $3.99 each plus tax! All tolled, it was $9.54. Sweeeeet!

My Nexus 7 is on its way. Can’t wait.

Then there was this:

Turner saves best for last, wins Legends Tour’s Swing for the Cure

LPGA Commish: British Win Equals Grand Slam for Park

Solheim Cup teams decided at St. Andrews

Rio Olympic course due to open in 2015

Gary Player warns Rory McIlroy to put golf before love –

Tiger Woods Niece Cheyenne Wants To Be Known For LPGA

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