Planet Golf — 22 March 2012 by Jim Street
The Sherwins go golfing — in Scotland

I just finished a Skype session with GolfersWest founder and CEO Bob Sherwin, live from his hotel room in St. Andrews.

The first day of golf on a trip-of-a-lifetime with his son, Bobby, was winding down.

The father-son duo played historic Muirfield (pictured) on Thursday and over the next several days they will tackle some of the oldest and greatest golf courses in the world – including the Old Course at St. Andrews on Monday.

They were a bit bushed on Thursday, having flown in from Seattle (Bob) and San Francisco (Bobby) to Heatherow. As schedules would have it, they landed at practically the same time and met up at the United baggage claim, went to Gatwick and flew to Edinburgh, renting a car and hightailing it to the area where Muirfield is located, a little east of Edinburgh, one of the most scenic and historic cities in the UK.

Soon after the Sherwin twosome returns to the U.S. on March 29, senior Bob will begin a series of stories for GolfersWest describing the trip from start to finish.

They have a busy schedule ahead, playing other stop spots like Carnoustie, another regular stop on the British Open cycle, and Gleneagles, their destination for Friday.

FYI, senior Bob shot a 92 at Muirfield and was thrilled beyond words. He said (bragged) that he had only one bad drive all day – and made a par on that hole – and edged his son, whose score was kept top secret. It did not help that Bobby needed 12 shots to escape the five bunkers he visited.

Be sure to check out the series, which begins on April 1.

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Jim’s 40-year sportswriting career started with the San Jose Mercury-News in 1970 and ended on a full-time basis on October 31, 2010 following a 10-year stint with MLB.com. He grew up in Dorris, Calif., several long drives from the nearest golf course. His first tee shot was a week before being inducted into the Army in 1968. Upon his return from Vietnam, where he was a war correspondent for the 9th Infantry Division, Jim took up golf semi-seriously while working for the Mercury-News and covered numerous tournaments, including the U.S. Open in 1982, when Tom Watson made the shot of his life on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach. Jim also covered several Bing Crosby Pro-Am tournaments, the women’s U.S. Open, and other golfing events in the San Francisco area. He has a 17-handicap, never had a hole-in-one, although once he came within two inches of an ace, and witnessed the first round Ken Griffey Jr. ever played – at Arizona State during Spring Training in 1990. Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Kapalua Plantation Course, Pinehurst No. 2, Spyglass Hill, Winged Foot, Torrey Pines, Medinah, Chambers Bay, North Berwick in Scotland, and Princeville are among the courses he has had the pleasure of playing. Hitting the ball down the middle of the fairway is not a strong part of Jim’s game, but he is known (in his own mind) as the best putter not on tour. Most of Jim’s writing career was spent covering Major League baseball, a tenure that started with the Oakland Athletics, who won 101 games in 1971, and ended with the Seattle Mariners, who lost 101 games in 2010. Symmetry is a wonderful thing. He currently lives in Seattle and vacations in Arizona (and other warm climates) as much as possible.

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