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THE ongoing fight between the Scottish Golf Union and its Area associations over the proposed amalgamation with the Scottish Ladies' Golfing Association has, sadly, turned into a 'dirty tricks' campaign.
AS WELL as being a hulk of a man, Elliot Saltman also has mental strength. That was obvious when he arrived at the European Tour Qualifying School in Girona last December knowing everyone else was whispering about him yet still won his card along with younger brother Lloyd.
AS part of the proposed amalgamation with the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association, the Scottish Golf Union wants the country's clubs to become its stakeholders instead of the Area associations.
THE proposed amalgamation with the Scottish Ladies' Golf Association may be the big talking point just now, but it seems the Scottish Golf Union has another interesting fight on its hands.
HAVING cut my own golfing teeth at Dunbar, how galling it was to see the splendid East Lothian course made to look ridiculously easy at times during last week's Scottish Boys' Championship.
IT is probably asking too much for Martin Laird to make a winning debut at Augusta National in a fortnight's time, but he is certainly going to be heading up Magnolia Lane for the first time with a spring in his step.
IN ADDITION to the fact they've both held the world No 1 ranking, Nick Faldo and Lee Westwood share something else in common which I believe is worth recalling as the new amateur season, domestically at least, is about to get under way.
NICK Watney's win in the WGC-Cadillac Championship no doubt raised a wry smile on the face of a Scot who knows the American well from their days jousting for titles on the college circuit.
IT WAS staggering to be reminded that Sandy Lyle's success in the ISPS Handa Senior World Championship in China at the weekend was his first victory of any description for nearly 20 years.
SCOTTISH golf lost a good friend at the weekend with the death of Douglas Lowe, golf correspondent of The Herald for almost eight years but a contributor to that newspaper's coverage of the sport for much longer.
IT was only natural that famous names such as Bobby Locke, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Trevor Immelman were the first ones that jumped out at him. Yet, once he had a little longer to see the company he'd joined in becoming the new South African Amateur champion, one other probably hit Michael Stewart like a ton of bricks.
Luke Donald, with wife Diane and daughter Elle, poses with the trophy after defeating Martin Kaymer to win the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona at the weekendPicture: Getty Images
ALONG with many others, no doubt, I found myself reading yesterday's Scotsman with a tinge of sadness, having turned to the last page of the Monday sports pull-out to discover that Ian Wood had decided it was time to bring an end to his splendid weekly column.
IT was one of those instances where a double take was required. After all, it's not every day you open your inbox to be met with an email with the following subject matter: 'Message from Mr Trump'.
SITTING in the Gatehouse Suite at Edinburgh Castle for the launch of 'Team Scottish Hydro' last week, it was comforting to realise that people do care about Scottish golf, not just in terms of the sponsorship of an exciting new initiative but, also in terms of players giving something back and for the simple fact that the game is newsworthy.
SCOTTISH golf clubs, particularly those ones that enjoy a steady stream of visitors, will be watching with interest today as a ruling is made that could result in them receiving a welcome windfall.
UNLIKE his rugby namesake, Ewen Murray doesn't have Christian beliefs that stop him working on the Sabbath. Just as well, really, as he wouldn't have got very far as a golf commentator if he decided to vacate the Sky booth just as every tournament reached the business end.
EVER fancied owning your own golf club? Well, if you happen to have a spare £295,000 or so in the bank, this is your chance. Bridgend & District Golf Club, which is just outside Linlithgow in West Lothian, has just been put on the market at offers over that figure, for which you get a nine-hole course set in 39 acres and a purpose-built clubhouse.