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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scotland will vote "No", but will reap benefits of a strong Yes campaign..

All eyes will be on Gleneagles next weekend for the Ryder Cup, by far the 3 most thrilling days in golf, arguably in sport, but today the world is watching for a far more important reason as we Scots all vote yeah or nae for our independence..

In my opinion, after all the rhetoric, and all the votes are in,  Scotland will still be part of the UK, but as all 3 political leaders ( David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg all made a last-ditch visit north of the border to make a final plea for unity,) the country will benefit from all the promises being thrown their way to vote No..

I've seen this all before with the SNP in the 70's rallying the "Braveheart " inherent in all of us, buoyed by years of government from Westminster that often bears no resemblance to the vote in Scotland..

When Maggie Thatcher swept to power on the blue tide of Conservatism 1979 -90 followed by John Major 1990 -97 , Scotland consistently voted overwhelmingly Labour.

After 20 years of Tory rule, even the arrival of Labour's Tony Blair who established  devolved government following simple majority referenda in Wales and Scotland in September 1997 and who established by law the Scottish Parliament, was not enough for many Scots.

A number of the world’s biggest banks and financial experts have warned of disastrous economic consequences for the UK if Scotland votes for independence.

Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Societe Generale, JP Morgan, RBC Capital Markets and Credit Suisse all made dire predictions about the country’s finances as they warned clients of the increased risk of investing in Britain in the event of a Yes vote.

To all the YES voters I say enjoy the euphoria, thanks for bringing the attention of the world to our plight, take it easy in the pub, because tomorrow when you get up to go to work it will be business as usual, with a few more benefits thrown in.

We will remain as proud and fiercely patriotic as ever, Scots first and Brits second but after 5000 years of evolution, as warm a dream as independence is, we remain a wee nation of 4.8 million tied forever to Wales, Northern Ireland and yes the auld enemy England, and it is simply too big a risk to take to rent all that asunder..

Our hearts may say Yeah but our heads must say Nae...

Bryan Angus

Wales Open underway at Celtic Manor

4 members of the European Ryder Cup team headline a strong field at Celtic Manor the week before all eyes will turn to Gleneagles..

Thomas Bjorn, Stephen Gallagher, Lee Westwood and Welshman Jamie Donaldson are all hoping to fine tune their games with strong performances this weekend..

Live scoring click here http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2014/tournamentid=2014074/leaderboard/index.html

No surprise Rory wins PGA Player of the Year

Rory McIlroy is the Vardon Trophy winner and the PGA of America’s player of the year for the second time.

McIlroy won the points-based player of the year award on the strength of his two majors at the British Open and PGA Championship. Winning two majors comes with a 50-point bonus. McIlroy also won the Bridgestone Invitational. McIlroy had an adjusted scoring average of 68.62 to win the Vardon Trophy over Sergio Garcia (68.95).

The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland also won the PGA’s player of the year and the Vardon Trophy in 2012.

The PGA Tour awards a separate award for player of the year based on a vote of the players. Voting for that ends Sept. 25.

Thornhill member Judith Kyrinis reaches US Senior Women's final

Following 2nd place finishes at the World Amateur Championships for both our women and men more great news for Canadian amateur golf  in this report from CP..

DEAL, N.J. – Joan Higgins and Canada’s Judith Kyrinis have advanced to the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur final, winning two matches Wednesday at Hollywood Golf Club.

The 58-year-old Higgins, a former University of Wisconsin tennis player who lives in Glendora, California, beat the reigning Canadian Women’s Senior champion Helene Chartrand 1 up in the morning quarterfinals, and then went in to top Kareen Markle of Meridian, Idaho, 2 and 1 in the semifinals.

The 50-year-old Kyrinis, a registered nurse in Toronto and member of Thornhill Golf & Country Club, had two 3-and-2 victories over past champions. She beat 2010 winner Mina Hardin of Mexico in the quarterfinals and 2011 winner Terri Frohnmayer of Salem, Oregon, in the semifinals.

It’s awesome,” Kyrinis said. “It’s been awhile for me to get back here and play some good golf.”

Attempting to become the first Canadian winner since Marlene Stewart Streit in 2003, Kyrinis was a semifinalist in the 2000 Mid-Amateur.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Greg Norman will recover from gruesome chain shaw accident

AP....Greg Norman is recovering from a chain saw accident that nearly cost him his left hand, but not his sense of humor. “At least I can still play tennis,” Norman told The Associated Press by phone Sunday morning.

Norman, was cutting back trees in his South Florida home when the weight of a branch pulled his left hand toward the chain saw. He said the blade hit him just below where a person would be wearing a wrist watch. He said doctors told him it missed his artery by a fraction of an inch.

Thank God the blade wasn’t running full speed or it would have taken my hand off,” Norman said. “I handled everything as calmly as I could. There is no major damage. There is nerve damage, but no muscular damage. They fixed me up and here I am.” He is expected to make a full recovery.

When I heard the story my mind went back to his fellow Australian Jack Newton who 
on 24 July 1983, during the height of his professional career, had a near-fatal accident when he walked into the spinning propeller of a Cessna airplane he was about to board at Sydney Airport; he was about to return to Newcastle having flown to Sydney that morning to see an AFL game.  He lost his right arm and eye and sustained severe abdominal injuries. A severe rainstorm was in progress at the time, and in addition, safety aspects near the plane were deficient.

Immediately after the accident doctors gave Newton a 50-50 chance of surviving. He spent several days in a coma and eight weeks in intensive care. After a prolonged rehabilitation from his injuries, Newton returned to public life as a television and radio golf commentator, newspaper reporter, golf course designer, public speaker and Chairman of the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation.

Bryan Angus

South Korea's Kim wins LPGA major in France

AP....EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France – South Korean teenager Hyo-Joo Kim beat Australian veteran Karrie Webb by one shot on to win the Evian Championship and become the third youngest major winner at 19 years, 2 months. At one point in the final round the top 4 players were all from South Korea

Kim trailed the 39-year-old Webb by one shot heading into the final hole. But she turned the tables with a birdie from 12 feet out, and Webb then missed a chance to force a playoff when a difficult attempt for par from the same distance drifted left of the hole.

Kim, who finished on 11-under 273, had already set a record for lowest round in any major with a 61 on Thursday and that as they say folks was the turning point

Final scoring click  http://www.lpgascoring.com/public/Leaderboard.aspx

What a weekend for Paul Casey

Final scoring click http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2014/tournamentid=2014072/leaderboard/index.html

Scores like 62 66 on a weekend will usually do it for you and that was the case at the KLM Open where new dad Paul Casey at 14 under, won by a single shot ahead of fellow Englishman Simon Dyson. Casey’s win came less than two weeks after his partner gave birth to their first son.

Casey, one of the real nice guys in golf, looked to be cruising to victory before recording his only bogey of the day at the par-three 15th. Dyson, looking for his fourth KLM Open title, birdied the 18th to move within a shot of the lead, but Casey comfortably closed out with pars on the 17th and 18th for his 13th European Tour title.

Andy Sullivan completed an all-English top three, thanks in part to a hole-in-one on the 15th which won him a 100,000-euro seat on a commercial flight into space offered by a sponsor.