Sunday, August 03, 2014

TALKING POINTS (continued)

Why did only one pro play in this year's Buchan Firkin at Fraserburgh?

RESPONSE from Willie Mackenzie
(the one pro who did enter!)
Commenting on Iain Taylor's E-mail stating the Buchan Firkin entry fee of £40 was excessive, if you look at most of the clubs in the Buchan area and see how much a single round of golf costs at the weekend and add on the cost of soup and sandwiches, I think £40 for 36 holes AND soup and sandwiches is good value for money.
In my opinion  a couple of reasons pros might not be attending the Buchan Firkin  are

SLOW PLAY. Two rounds of golf taking around 10 hours to complete is a long time to be out on the course on a cold wet day ( thankfully weather was great this year) 

And as many of the local pros have shops to run this means paying staff a day's wages to cover the shop in their absence.
PRO-AMS.  It may be the the case that the pros have plenty of other Tartan Tour competitions, some with order of merit points, and the cost of playing in tournaments maybe makes the pros more selective in where they play,

Which is a pity. Being a Broch loon,  growing up playing in the Firkin was a magic feeling just to qualify for it. Sadly that magic feeling seems to be lost now.

Will it ever be restored ? Well come on all the local pros. Get your entry in for next year's Firkin. See what a great course the Broch is and consider it £40 well spent. See you there next year ?  (Back view of Fraserburgh clubhouse pictured by Cal Carson Golf Agency).
 Willie Mckenzie



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