Inspired by Masters champion Adam Scott, reporter tries a round of golf

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“I want to play that event one day, I want to win it,” were the wise words of a 15-year-old Adam Scott after his hero and fellow countryman Greg Norman threw away the chance to be crowned Masters champion in 1996.

Fast forward to 2013, and he did just that by becoming the first Aussie to win at Augusta.

Now you may laugh but I had the exact same feeling watching Adam Scott.

Yet I have never had an interest in golf, never played and don’t really know much about the sport.

But there is just something magical about the Masters that brought about my own desire to say, “I want to play golf, I want to be good at it.”

I, however, needed a helping hand in my quest to understand the difference between a birdie and eagle.

Thankfully the lovely ladies at Palacerigg Golf Club were on hand to give me a beginner’s guide to the sport that has baffled me my whole life.

“They say the home of golf is St Andrews, personally for me it’s Palacerigg,” boasted Nora Beale, who is the ladies section captain.

It is easy to see why she shares this opinion with the stunning views the course offers and perfect putting greens.

“The big advantage of golf is that you start at any age and you can play it as long as you can walk around the course,” added Moira Mitchell, who was the first member of the ladies section and won the championship 10 times, with a handicap of 9 when she played at her best.

As we step on to the course I make my first mistake by asking what the different golf sticks mean?

Quickly I am outed as a hockey player - I dabbled at school - and I realise that the instrument used by golfers is in fact known as a golf club.

For full story, see this week’s Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle dated Wednesday, May 1.