Thursday, July 15, 2010

Torrance-Lehman teams draw at Fairmont St Andrews

Sam Torrance couldn’t make home advantage count as he was held to a draw by fellow former Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman at Fairmont St Andrews.
The pair took time out from their preparation for the Open Championship – for which Torrance is part of the BBC’s commentary team while Lehman will play – to lead opposing teams competing on the resort’s course designed by, and named after, the Scot.
The teams took to the course in seven Ryder Cup-style four-balls but neither captain could give his team a distinct advantage as the event finished in a 7-7 draw.
Competitors were treated to a surprise guest before their round as former Open champion John Daly joined Torrance and Lehman on the driving range, with the three professionals giving the assembled golfers a skills clinic.
Spa therapists from the resort’s luxurious relaxation complex were also on hand at the range to give pre-golf massages and ensure everyone was fully loosened up for their round.
And the luxury treatment didn’t stop there. Competitors had the opportunity to sample dishes from the resort’s fine-dining Esperante restaurant prepared by the head chef on the seventh tee, and, on the 17th, players enjoyed a glass of champagne with their team captains.
Fairmont St Andrews boasts two first-class 18-hole lay-outs in the Torrance and Kittocks courses. Both have benefited as part of a £17m redevelopment the luxury resort has recently undergone, which also saw improvements to the lavish spa complex and five-star hotel.



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