The sunny weather was replaced by overcast conditions today for the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The temperature dropped down to 14 degrees prompting a few wry remarks in the Media Centre that this is more like it for the Dunhill! The mood was still upbeat amongst the players and celebrities as the lack of wind made good scores likely.
Today was the decision day when the playing field was cut with leaders qualifying to play the final round on the Old Course. It was absolutely fantastic to see Alasdair McDougall, the local youngster from St Andrews Links Junior Association (SALJGA), make the cut with his playing partner Joost Luiten finishing with a team score of 11 under par. Alasdair has been playing well all the three days and even managed a birdie on the legendary 17th hole of the Old Course on Thursday.
Alasdair said: “The 17th hole was a real highlight. My caddie said ´hit it over the hotel´ and I just pulled it a bit and he said ´that´s not over the hotel!´ I then hit a perfect six iron right up to the right edge of the green. I was then standing over my putt and said to myself if I hole this it will be the best moment of my life and then I holed it. I was so happy and it just felt amazing.”
As you would expect there was a party to go to last night. The Scores Hotel organised a Media Happy Hour and all the journalists were invited to pop in, have a drink and a bite to eat. Eric Brown, the General Manager of the Scores Hotel, was in his usual good form chatting away about the improvements which have been made to the hotel so far as well as the ones in the pipeline. The Scores Hotel has a special status as the closest hotel to the first tee of the Old Course. The view from their front rooms and the Scorecards Bar especially is simply breathtaking and if you are into golf memorabilia you will not be disappointed either. The walls of the bar bear a unique selection of scorecards from the past Champions and are really interesting to go through. There is one more thing about the Scores Hotel which has to be mentioned here and that is their seafood. If you love seafood you should pay a visit to the Scores. The lobster is just heavenly.
It was expectedly busy at the bar with a lot of the journalists turning up for yet another night of socialising. There is no rest for the wicked during the Dunhill week! For the celebrities and players the Saturday night is the big one with an official dinner organised for them at the Dunhill marquee behind the 17th green. It is a very glamorous event followed by a fantastic firework display which is visible from all over St Andrews. The Dunhill firework display is legendary and it is well worth popping out to see. It starts at 8:25pm.
Later in the afternoon the weather started to cause a bit of a problem when thick haar (or sea mist) at Kingsbarns resulted in play being suspended early in the afternoon. One thing about Scotland is that the weather can change quickly and fortunately things brightened up again and play resumed an hour later. I spoke to Don, Felder, the former member of the Eagles rock band, after his round at Kingsbarns and he said: “It was spectacular, my favourite course of all the courses we play here at the Dunhill. I hit the ball really well today and Kingsbarns was really kind to me.”
The last day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is upon us and tomorrow we will learn who will win the magnificent trophy and the all important points in the Race to Dubai. To keep up with the latest from the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship please follow this blog.
Posted on October 1, 2011 by admin@golfcomms