Final Group Photo

Back Row: Al, Jamie, Jeremy, Steve, DaveT, DaveH

Front Row: Andrew, Pete, MikeM, Chester, Gord, MikeG, Q

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Final Tour Dinner at Little Italy in St. Andrews

After returning to St. Andrews from Carnoustie, and completing the washer toss tournament, we had our final tour dinner at the Little Italy restaurant.  Our second visit to this cozy Italian restaurant, the evening included great food, several toasts, the Canadian national anthem, and presentation of gifts to our tour organizers Q and Andrew.  Thanks guys for setting up a great tour.

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Washer Toss Tournament Video

One of the highlights of the trip was the final night of the “1st International Washer Toss Tournament”.  The tournament started in Inverness at the Kingsmills Hotel back lawn and was concluded a few nights later in the street outside the front door of The Dunvegan in St. Andrews.  In the video you will see the street outside The Dunvegan was blocked off for construction which made for a perfect tournament site.

So how did the guys setup a washer toss tournament?  Well, the ever industrious Codfish carried the boards, screws, screwdriver, and coffee cans in his luggage to Scotland to build the washer toss boxes.

As seen in the video, the highlight of the final tournament night was the visit from the local police patrol…

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Photos from The Dunvegan Hotel and Pub

Lindsay, Megan, Jess - Click on the image to jump to Flickr set for The Dunvegan

Sheena and the Canucks: Click the image to jump to the Flickr set for The Dunvegan

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Final round 9 photos from Kingsbarns

I didn’t have any photos from Kingsbarns from Q’s camera so I captured a few stills from the video.  If any of the guys have photos from Kingsbarns they should upload them to the Kingsbarns “set” on Flickr.com.

Here is a captured image that is linked to the Kingsbarns “set” on Flickr.

Click on the image to jump to the Kingsbarns set on Flickr

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Round 9: The final round – Kingsbarns

The final round of the tour, round 9, was held at the magnificent Kingsbarns near St. Andrews, on Tuesday, Oct 11, 2011.

Kingsbarns was opened in 2000 and recognized as the best new course in the world. That’s how good it is.  Views of the golf course and the North Sea are visible from many holes as can be seen in the video.

The weather was perfect.  Light winds, mostly sunshine all day with only a couple of short squalls of rain passing through.  Everyone enjoyed the course no matter what they shot on this final and glorious day.

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Round 8 – Carnoustie Video

Here is a composite video of Round 8 from the Championship course at famed Carnoustie.  Carnoustie is the only course during the tour that is on the regular rotation of courses for The Open Championship.

The Open Championship at Carnoustie is known for many things including the “Hogan’s Alley”, which is the 6th hole with an out of bounds tight to the tee box and then all the way along the left edge of the fairway.  As our caddie Jim explained, with OB to the left and bunkers to the right, Hogan on four consecutive days hit a cut shot that started out of bounds and curved back into the fairway from which he was able to make birdie each day on the way to winning the Claret Jug.

Carnoustie is now perhaps more well known for the historic collapse by Jean van de Velde on the 72nd hole in the 1999 Open Championship.  With a 3 shot lead, he triple bogeyed the hole to fall into playoff which was lost.  Then in 2007, Sergio Garcia had a putt to win, which was missed and followed by a playoff that was lost.

In the video we see the foursome of Al, MikeG, Jeremy and DaveT, along with caddies Arthur and Jim who together have about 80 years of play experience at Carnoustie.

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