Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The St. Andrews Photo Gallery


Let me start by saying congratulations to Stacy Lewis for winning the 2013 Ricoh British Open, played on the Old Course at St. Andrews. Stacy birdied the final 2 holes to win by 2 strokes over Na Yeon Choi and Hee Young Park. Choi, who had a 3 stroke lead on the back nine, bogeyed 3 of the last 6 holes. Stacy's approach shot on the 17th hole, which set up her birdie, will be remembered for a very long time. After the tournament Stacy would say that it was the best shot of her life. Considering the circumstances, I couldn't agree more.

My wife & I arrived in St. Andrews on the Sunday morning before the tournament. We decided to check out the golf course about 9:30 PM that night. We parked our car and walked onto the "Old Course".
I was surprised to see that there was no security and that anyone could walk onto what I consider the most beautiful golf course I have ever seen. I walked behind the 18th green and looked out at the fairway. I pictured Jack Nicklaus walking up to the green to a standing ovation. I could never explain the feeling I got standing there. You would have to experience it yourself. I do know that many of the people I spoke to there, got that very same feeling.

Trying to describe this incredible place, and the village that is within walking distance, would be impossible. I hope you will enjoy these pictures.


Late Sunday night

Just a very small part of this very large village.

The village from a seat on a tour bus.
We spent way too much money here.

How is this for a view of the first tee?

A typical fairway

Ai Miyazato


With the vicious winds, the approach shot to the first green was very wet. There were many double bogeys.
                                                            

The view from the 18th fairway.
The most famous bridge in golf. The 17th hole, known as the road hole.

Paula Creamer showing off that great smile.

Carly Booth  at  the pretournament press conference.
The British Golf Museum, just yards away from the first tee.

Stay out of these bunkers or pay a severe price.

A well deserved victory for Stacy Lewis.

                                                               VIDEOS:


                                           video                                                                                                  So Yeon Ryu on the 18th hole.

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                                    Sydnee Michaels, just before wind caused suspension of play.

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 They provided entertainment during suspension of play. I couldn't keep my camera still in the high winds.


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                    A view from the tour bus. As you can see the village is within walking range of the course.
                                   




5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the vicarious trip!

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  2. Very nice, Tony. Thanks you for the pictures and video. Looks and sounds like a great time was had. I will tell you right now Edmonton can't match the Old Course. But it's the CWO, so it will be worthy as well. See you soon.

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  3. Great pictures! I have never thought that St. Andrews or any of the old links look beautiful on TV, but this year, with abundant rain and bright sunny skies, albeit very windy, the Old Course did look gorgeous. From someone who has never been there, what about it makes the Old Course so beautiful? On another note, Toledo...., St Andrews......, I think we made the wrong choice!

    Keep up the good work.

    Best Regards,
    Jet Jockey

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    1. What makes this course so beautiful is that:
      a)For a public course it is kept in immaculate shape.
      b)Its history
      c)It may not be as scenic as a course such as Pebble Beach, but the architecture of its surroundings is breathtaking.

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  4. Agree! Wow! What could I say? The place's so stunning! Thanks for sharing your trip Tony. I could sense the joy you feel and that you really had a great time in the place. So beautiful! Love your life! : ) Plus, congrats to Stacy Lewis...

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