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From the Fairway: Caddy Dies During Madeira Islands Open

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 00:50 Tuesday, 13 May 2014 00:41

Iain McGregor

Canadian Press

SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands (AP) — Zimbabwean caddie Iain McGregor died of a heart attack during the final round of the Madeira Open on Sunday, the European Tour said in a statement. McGregor, 52, was working for Scotland's Alastair Forsyth at the tournament when he collapsed on the ninth hole.



From the Fairway: Larrazabal Jumps Into Water to Escape Hornets

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 03:50 Wednesday, 23 April 2014 03:40

Pablo Larrazabal

Canadian Press

Bernie McGuire (AP)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Pablo Larrazabal couldn't believe what was coming his way. He was playing in the second round of the Malaysian Open when a swarm of hornets "three times the size of bees" began an assault.

"They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big-time," he said. "I didn't know what to do. My caddie told me to run, so I start running like a crazy guy. But the hornets were still there, so the other players told me to jump in the lake."

Lee Westwood shot a 6-under 66 for a four-stroke lead, but this day was all about Larrazabal.



From the Fairway: Musings from the Masters

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:04 Tuesday, 15 April 2014 18:51

Bubba Watson

Canadian Press

Doug Ferguson (AP)

AUGUSTA, Georgia — The moment doesn't get much bigger than this — a 20-foot putt on the 18th green Sunday at Augusta National for the win.

Too bad this wasn't the Masters.

This was a week earlier at the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth were merely spectators. The stage belonged to Patrick Welch of Providence, R.I, and he made the final putt on the 18th green to win the 14-15 age division for boys.



Giving Back Through Golf – One Swing At A Time

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 17:55 Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:44

Gayle Moss (


Did you know that golf raises more money for charity than all other sports combined?

For those of us who love the game, this doesn't come as a big surprise. But the act of giving isn't reserved for the wealthy or the professional associations that run major tournaments.

Many golfers give back without most of us ever hearing about it — golfers like Ginny Golding at the University Golf Club (UGC) in Vancouver.

Ginny Golding, recognized as the Best Golf Coach in BC in 2010 by Best of Vancouver Magazine is celebrating her 65th birthday by playing 65 holes of golf on June 23, 2014 at UGC.



From the Fairway: Course Set-Up – General Principles When Running a Competition

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 20:28 Monday, 14 April 2014 20:19


(R&A) Course set-up is an important aspect of running a competition and in this new series of articles, we will examine the key points that a Committee should focus on.

Future articles will look at more specific areas of course set-up, i.e. teeing grounds, bunkers, and the area that receives the most attention, the putting green and hole locations.

In the first of this series, we look at the course set-up general principles.



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