For the love of BOBcast! I’m learning to play golf

The first practice drive.

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Oban Times journalist, and golf beginner, Fiona Scott attempts to unravel the mysteries of the local fairways and gain a handicap of 53 by the time she is 53 at the end of June next year.

Whatever it is I’m doing, be it work, home or life in general I do like to have a purpose.

So it stands to reason that when I was invited to join the Bobcast regulars, I actually found myself a purpose for being there.

For those of you who haven’t managed to catch it yet, BOBcast, you can find it at www.obantimes.co.uk and on our Facebook page, is an informal, chatty golfing podcast hosted by Oban Times IT guru and multipotentialite Steevie Day along with Wyvex Media Group operations director Keith McIntyre and  finance manager George Graham. And now there’s me!

BOBcast has been running since August last year, Steevie’s idea after he heard Keith and George rambling on about golf in general and in particular how well Oban Golf ace Robert MacIntyre was doing in his rookie season.

‘To be honest the idea was just to have a bit of a laugh and see if anyone was interested in our inane witterings about golf and Bob,’ explained Keith.

‘We recognised that in Bob, we had  a potential world star on our hands and that doesn’t happen often in a wee place like Oban.’

Since its humble beginnings Bobcast has developed to include interviews and various segments as well as occasional appearances from other members of staff who know even less about golf than Keith, George and Steevie.

In terms of golfing credentials, Keith  and George describe themselves as ‘pretty average players’. Keith play off 8 and George is a complete hacker off 19. George is a member at Glencruitten and Keith at Airdrie where he is currently vice-captain.

Back to my purpose then. Well to start with, learn to play golf!

On November 2 the CONGU handicapping system, currently used in Great Britain and Ireland, will change over to a World Handicap System with a maximum of 54. At the end of June next year I become 53. My challenge/purpose? To gain a handicap of 53 by the time I turn 53.

To help me achieve this goal I have enlisted some help. I have already visited Craignure Golf Club where I received lessons from club captain Steven Wilson and advice from secretary Barry Whenman. Next up was Dalmally where club captain Graham Mackechnie put me through my paces. Then onto Taynuilt,  club captain Carol McLarty and secretary Moira MacVicar being my hosts.

I’m not giving too much away as I will be talking about each visit on the next three episodes of BOBcast while the hosts on each of my visit have also given an honest account of how I got on.

I will say however that my journey so far as been a bit of a roller coaster.  I’m used to multi-tasking but this gowf malarkey is a whole different ball game.

Head straight, eyes on the prize, hips back, back straight, one arm straight and one arm slightly bent, knees slightly bent, draw club back and swoosh. Did I mention keep your eyes on the prize!

Why do it then? When you do manage to hit that 43mm dimpled missile down the fairway towards the fluttering pennant in the distance and then, a few shots later, hear the satisfactory plink of your ball landing in the putting cup, the feeling you get is way over par.