This Sporting Weekend – Solheim Cup

Golfing widows were a staple of Ronnie Corbett and Tom O’Connor stories.

Female drivers too – in fact it was probably the same lame joke.

Of course women are just as able to hit a wee white ball into a wee hole, sometimes even more able.

Sizing it up: Europe and the US

Wednesday afternoons for my Dear Old Dad and Mum were spent on the golf course.

Where my Dad would try to hit the skin off the ball… and end up in the thistle and the gorse.

And my Mum would drive straight down the middle.

It’s a long way up: For the US

Though she did confirm to Ronnie Corbett’s stereotype on the road by swaying everywhere.

The eyes of the golfing world are on its finest women players this week.

As Europe and the USA battle it out for the Solheim Cup in Gleneagles, Scotland.

We’re on ur way: Europe

Captaining Europe is North Berwick’s Catriona Matthew.

And she is as strong a buttress as the Law, or rock, that stands proudly in the Firth of Forth.

And which I know only too well with the Outlaws living on its doorstep.

Scotland’s ‘Golf Coast’ covers 21 golf courses along 30 miles of coastline in the hinterland of Edinburgh.

But the Americans are glum

While, of course Gleneagles in Perthshire further north is something of a lucky charm for Europe’s golfers.

With Paul McGinley’s men’s team winning there in 2014.

Where to find your golf

Catch these websites for more information www.golfeastlothian.com, www.gleneagles.com and www.scotlandgolf.com, http://www.northberwick.org.uk.

And www.visitscotland.com.

And if you want to see how it should be done, er, here’s me at the Paul McGinley school in Quinto da Lago in Portugal https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/12/sportugal/.

I’ll be looking out for you and your cup Catriona when I’m over in North Berwick seeing the Outlaws.

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