Summer 2014

I don’t know where to start! Work has been incredibly busy but ultimately so rewarding on so many levels personally and professionally. After three weeks of tennis my work took me to Aberdeen, the oil capital of Europe for the Scottish Open. My day up there involved launching the Ballantines Golf Club with Ian Poulter. Ian is the first ever captain of this on-line initiative. The club is free to join and open to all. Members will have the option to play with top golfers, participate in a members-only global tournament and be invited to exclusive events with VIP hospitality.. plus a lot more! We had a great afternoon overlooking the eighteenth at Royal Aberdeen. Please check out:

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/07/ian-poulter-named-captain-of-ballantines-golf-club/

I then headed to Royal Birkdale with team Lynx. The company is now the Official Golf Club of the Ricoh Women’s British Open for three years until 2016. Woohoo! We had an incredible exhibition stand, which patrons saw as soon as they entered the gates. We hosted a variety of Q and A sessions with Tony Jacklin, Harold Swash and various figures from the world of golf. The feedback was fantastic and I am so delighted to mention Lynx has joined the TGI Golf Partnership as an official supplier from 2015. This means Lynx will present a full range of clubs and accessories to more than 460 TGI Partners in the UK and Ireland – with access to more than 500 retail outlets. Fantastic news! The Team has worked so intensely and all the hard work is paying off.

   

It was then on to the Open Championship at Hoylake to work for IMG presenting their coverage, which was shown worldwide on the Open website. It’s amazing who is watching in so many different countries. I worked with some fantastic professionals and the golf was simply breath-taking. The two eagles from Rory on the Saturday in his closing three holes were highlights for sure. Rory stole the show and all eyes will well and truly be on him at the Masters next year, going for the Grand Slam. My husband worked for BBC Radio Five Live throughout the week. He did a brilliant job (I would say that!). He walked the last round following Rory’s group with the fabulous Ian Carter. Great narrative from both of them, wonderful story tellers, simply a joy to listen to. It made me smile when Rory shook Nick’s hand after his victory by the side of the green.

   

A couple of days off then it was to Moor Park Golf Club for the England Golf Strategic Launch. This initiative is all about encouraging more in to the game, especially at grass roots level and finding future world stars. The team are committed to making the game more accessible to everyone and nurturing talent. To check out what’s going on in the world of England Golf head to:

http://www.englandgolf.org

   

At the end of July it was time to fly to Orlando for a week’s guest presenting on Morning Drive, the breakfast show on the Golf Channel. It was brilliant fun!!! The show is fast-paced, exciting, entertaining and captivating. We discussed the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone in detail, the debates were strong and informative. The show involves a variety of live links to golf events happening that week, plus a round up of golfing news from around the world and panel discussion. I have come away with new friends and an understanding as to how TV is produced in the States. The production terminology is very different and overall it was an incredibly interesting learning experience. After 24 hours I was ‘all set’ and ‘good to go!!’ I have returned to the UK with a spring in my step, full of ideas! Thank you Gary Williams, Damon Hack, Lauren Thompson, Paige MacKenzie plus all those in production, Aaron, Kyle, Caity, Kevin, Cathy.. I could go on!

   

So I’m back in the UK now and managed to relax watching the US PGA Championship at the weekend. Huge congrats to Rory McIlroy winning his fourth Major after his WGC win. Simply magnificent. My son is turning two soon and just starting to talk, what he can say is ‘shot’ followed by a clap when he watches the golf! We were all clapping a lot on Sunday night.

Game Changers rehearsals start soon and our first show back is 6th September on Sky Sports 1 and Sky One at 9am. Plus there’s the Ryder Cup to look forward to. I’ll be up there working, the Doughertys will both be doing TV work that week. The countdown is on!

Speak soon,

Di x