Blog 271, 7/18/13 - The Honourable Company Will See You Now

muirfieldWhat a day at the Open Championship. The weather was fantastic and the couse a brilliant test, suitable for a major championship, regardless of what a few whingers were saying about tough pin positions. When playing the Open, you get what you get and don't throw a fit (well, when you play any tournament actually). Muirfield, hosting its 16th Open, is the third home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, one of Britain's most exclusive golf clubs - the sort that really couldn't care less what you think about it. When I was growing up in Britain (and for decades before that), it was the hardest tee-time to get. It still is pretty tough, but the club has begun to open its gates a bit more often recently and, though you may be regarded as something of a privileged outsider rather than a valued customer whose business is essential to the upkeep of the club/course, you really should go anyway. This course is worth whatever coolness you may encounter from the members.
Here's something I wrote recently for Colorado AvidGolfer.

Blog 270, 7/16/13 - Strickland Just Misses Out on US Amateur Spot

Western's Mark Strickland came close to qualifying for his first US Amateur Championship yesterday.

Blog 269, 7/10/13 - Sad End for Vikings, Rawitzer at Bandon Dunes

Vikings Kyle Schrader and Mark Strickland, and Bellingham's Matt Rawitzer are all out of the PNGA Men's Amateur Championship.

Blog 268, 7/8/13 - Strickland, Schrader, Rawitzer Progress

Two Western Vikings and Bellingham's Matt Rawitzer are through to the round of 32 at the PNGA Men's Amateur Championship.

Blog 267, 7/7/13 - Strickland Sets Pace at Bandon Dunes

Western Washington's Mark Strickland is leading after the first round of strokeplay qualifying at the PNGA Men's Amateur Championship being held at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

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