Another busy week

This week the Aussies are in the country for the Ashes. Well, perhaps it is not the original cricket match but its slightly less known and traditional golf equivalent. With an excellent venue, Royal Birkdale, it should be an exciting match. Of course you can follow the action on the English Golf Union website.

Talking about the Ashes I remember a couple of years ago when one of the golf magasines did a thing on what a Golf Ashes with all the top professional players involved would look like. Imagine Paul Casey against Adam Scott and Luke Donald versus Geoff Ogilvy. I bet that could be just as exciting as the Ryder Cup if not moore. The number 2 and 3 countries in the world teeing it up against each other. I realise that we might have to wait forever for such a match though and in the meantime there is no reason to think that the amateur match would be any less interesting.

Personally I am not yet at Royal Birkdale as I have traveled to Seascale GC for the Northern County Qualifier. This is where it is determined who will represent the Northern Group of counties in the County Finals. Apart from the finals themselves it is the one event that counties want to win. As I arrive at Seascale I am struck not only by the lovely views of the ocean and a proper links golf course but also by the number of cars in the parking lot. This is golf as it used to be and perhaps as it still ought to be. Out in twosomes the players sail through quickly supported by an enthusiastic crowd. At Seascale there is no live scoring and perhaps it is not needed. If you are interested in how your county is doing you come out to watch! What I can say though is that rumour hs it that Cumbria is leading after the first round…

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