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Just under a year ago, when the golf courses reopened in Scotland after our first and strictest lockdown, my frustrations with my golf game boiled over into this column once or twice!
I am sure it was apparent to any regular readers that the chances of me playing at Augusta National one day were extremely slim and fading fast. In an incredible turn of events, however, not only have I featured at the coveted US Masters this weekend – but so have Gunna Sound, Gary Innes, and Skipinnish – all thanks to an absolute West Coast superstar, Robert MacIntyre.
I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you how exciting it was to follow his progress round Augusta last weekend and I hardly think I’m well placed to comment on his golf game while I slice and hook my way round Milngavie Golf Course most weekends! But I’m certainly happy to comment on his music choice.
His 12th place finish at the golf was not to be sniffed at; but he definitely came streets ahead of the pack in the entrance music stakes, in my humble opinion.
For anybody who isn’t on Instagram, on his first day at Augusta, Bob filmed his journey up the famous road leading to the iconic clubhouse with none other than Gunna Sound blaring from the car.
The video was captioned: ‘teuchter has arrived’. I think at this point, the whole of the West Highlands of Scotland just about exploded with pride. None more so, I’m sure, than the Gunna Sound boys themselves: Campbell Brown from Tiree and Johnny Scoular from Lochaline. Not to mention Stuart Jackson who had originally written the song for Campbell’s 40th never thinking it would one day be played at the US Masters!
Bob had much more in store for West Coast music lovers in the days that followed. When he arrived with the car stereo blasting out The Caman Man, I had a brief concern that he might get carried away with the lyrics and do a Happy Gilmore style run-up followed by a shinty swing on the first tee!
I can’t describe to you my own personal excitement when, the morning after he made the cut, Bob’s choice of tune was Tide Lines’ song Far Side of the World. Up until then, my biggest golfing achievement was beating my pals in a four-ball stableford! I realise that getting your track played on the clubhouse driveway probably doesn’t technically count as a golfing achievement, but I am definitely claiming it! And I dare say all the other musicians mentioned above will be too.
On the subject of golfing achievements, I cannot wait to follow MacIntyre’s career over the coming years. He is continuing to surpass all expectations, but is doing so with a humility and an attitude that is incredibly inspiring. And, most importantly, he is not forgetting his Highland roots. He is a total credit to his family, his hometown, and his country; and the West Coast are absolutely behind him.