It’s been very gratifying to get messages from so many of you asking when I’m going to reacquaint myself with the keyboard and get blogging again. Mind you, it’s going to be very hard to keep pace with the sister who is pulling in record-breaking numbers. There are obviously plenty of folk out there who relish the challenge of following her ramblings. It keeps the brain active, that’s for sure.
Well, I ‘m not going to be up to speed with a weekly offering for a while yet, but I thought I’d dip in and out and I’ve had such a wonderful week that I wanted to share it with you. Firstly, I finished a rather unpleasant, very strong course of medication that has (I am assured) seen off the very pesky, rare, amoebic parasite that has apparently being lying dormant in my gut for decades. Said nasty piece of work mounted a vigorous attack on my liver, which has now been pronounced clear. It was quite a battle. I won at the nineteenth.
Also, this week saw my first solo road trip for sixteen months – a much anticipated journey up to Muirfield for the annual playing of the Madill Trophy (photo above). First played in 1995, we are homing in on our 30th anniversary of a great match against the men members of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (HCEG).
I was doing my captaining from the sidelines this year and am happy to report that the girls recorded their first victory since 2016. We have eight a side and play four foursomes, morning and afternoon. Despite dire weather predictions we got our 36 holes in, avoiding the rain, but I do have to confess it was a tad windy! And chilly!
The near zero temps were more than offset by the warmth of the hospitality – a staple of the last three decades – and I was proud to introduce Carys Irvine to our team, the first member of either side to be born post 2000! For goodness sake, we were even calling Heather Macrae a youngster, which pleased her enormously. Just goes to show how the game can embrace the generations as well as the genders.
Two matches-all at lunchtime, I more or less abandoned my duties as team captain and enquired as to where I could watch the Scotland/Ireland rugby match. Former Scotland captain P. C. Brown declared that he would stay and watch the match with me instead of heading home to watch. It was all rather surreal – a little like Jack Nicklaus saying he’d sit down and watch the Masters with you! Things went well for me, both on the screen and on the course. Scotland didn’t score in the second half and we didn’t lose a match in the afternoon, evidence of how destructive my presence on the course had been in the morning.
Talking of the Masters, hubby and I will be heading out there on Thursday 6th April, the first day of the tournament and I will be working for the Americans over the weekend. Why go on Thursday and why just the weekend, I hear you cry. Well, there’s the small matter of my stepson’s wedding on the Wednesday. Shows you how much sway I have in this family…..and how much interest there is in golf!
I’m apparently not the only one in this boat. Alison White, a longtime friend and lifelong golfer whose resume includes stints working for the PGA, the LGU and the R&A and who is well known to many readers of this blog, also has a family wedding during the men’s first major. Her only daughter, Victoria, is getting married on Masters Saturday! Ah well, can’t have everything.
I have a strong suspicion that might be where my next blog comes from – Augusta, not the wedding! It’ll be minus pictures, unfortunately, as you are only allowed to take those on practice days.
So, life’s not perfect (is it ever?) but it’s getting closer.
Hooray you’re back!! I love Stuart’s pic
Mo-Glad to hear you won on the 19th. It means you have more rounds to play. The more of them, the better – Ivan
Great to see you back Maureen.
Onwards and upwards.
Fantastic to hear you’re well on the way to being ‘normal’ again…..so pleased you’ll be back at the old job soon…Hoping you continue to go from strength to strength Maureen….x
Pleased to hear you are out and about again.
Glad it’s not just me. My brother got married on the Saturday of The Open in Paris where at the time Golf “didn’t exist”. We searched high and low in bars and Golf club but to no avail. More satellite TV exists now!
Just to say it’s good to be updated on where your up to Maureen and I hope you continue towards a full recovery very soon. Enjoy your wedding event and the trip to USA.
Welcome back Mo and good to hear you’re on the mend. Enjoy Augusta.
Thanks, Gordon. Hope life’s treating you well.
Thanks Paul. That’s much appreciated.
It’s amazing, isn’t it, Eithne, that to some folk there are things more important than golf?!!!!!!
I appreciate that, Jackie.
You’re so right, Ivan. Thanks.
Great to see you up at Muirfield, Pam.
Welcome back to the blog. I’m glad that you have got rid of the amoeba parasite. I spent 3 years in Calcutta back in the eighties frequent amoebic problems but I am glad to say it hasn’t troubled me since I came home. I remember an Irish woman in Calcutta telling me about someone who had continued to suffer after his return to the UK. He eventually had an appendectomy and the problem vanished. The conclusion was that the parasite had hidden away in his appendix. Fiendish!
I’m looking forward to more of your very helpful golfing tips.
Fiendish is a good way to describe it, Noreen. Will try to do a few more tips very soon.
Great to have you back and so pleased to hear you are well on the road to recovery. And how wonderful to be off to The Masters. Like Alison, I will also be missing the Open, as it’s my grand daughter’s wedding that weekend. Take care and I hope that you go from strength to strength every day.
Absolutely great that you are back in circulation. Good luck for the Grand Slam.xx
Glad to hear you are on the mend. Enjoy the Masters xx
Great to see you back again Maureen and so looking forward to future blogs from you. I’ve been missing the swing tips so get those coming again….especially for us golden oldies!
Have a great time at Augusta.
Thanks, Jill. Hope all’s well with you.
Thanks, Jill. Am hoping we’re not in for a nail-biter!
Thanks Diane. Have a wonderful wekend.
Lovely to have you back Mo. We’ve missed you x
Thanks Patti. Hoping to get down to see you soon.
So pleased you are back – enjoy the Masters
Thanks Ginny, Hope all’s well with you.
Nice to see you back in action Maureen .Enjoy the Masters.
So great to have you back, Maureen and glad you’re keeping better.
It’s so nice to hear you mention people I know too. Enjoy The Masters.
Thank you Fiona.
Thanks Ernie – hope you’re well.
Great to see you back and well again. Enjoy the Masters and look forward to more Blogs.
Thanks Carol Lovely to hear from you.
Glad your feeling better Mo safe journey
Absolute delight to have you back Maureen. Hope you’re on the mend.
Took up your recommendation and bought Mr Alliss’s book and what an enjoyable read it was. Don’t agree with everything he said but what would life be like if we all did? In saying that I loved the man and thought of him to be a superb commentator. He’s much missed.
As for weddings my brother was my best man and I got married on Open Saturday in July. When it was turn for his speech he was nowhere to be found. Search parties were assembled and he was found watching coverage,probably provided by the above Mr Alliss on the hotel television. Mother not best pleased.
Ah, Mark, I bet your Mum was very cross! Years ago we had a family wedding which clashed with the Ryder Cup! The dance floor was empty and the bar full with everyone round the TV! Always good to hear from you and glad you enjoyed Peter’s book.
May I be added to your list of very good friends who share the delight of your winning the “Health Championship “
Thanks Belle! The amoebic parasite was almost as formidable an opponent as your good self! Hope all’s well with you. Sending love…..