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Me & My Golf: Bill Donald

Des Magee talks to Bill Donald

NAME: Bill Donald

OCCUPATION: Director of Golf at the K Club - I start work tomorrow.

CLUB: Clandeboye


GOLFING HIGHLIGHTS: Winning the past captains' prize on the Ava at Clandeboye. On the same course, I played with my late dad, Alex, when he won a competition with 42 points off 18 - at the age of 78. I've also had the privilege of managing Clandeboye and Hilton Templepatrick, and I enjoyed three fantastic years with Jim and Michael Treacy at Lough Erne Golf Resort.

GOLFING DISASTERS/LOW POINTS: During a practice round before the Johnny Mathis Golf Classic at the Hilton, my ball struck the backside of an American actor who was engrossed in reading the course guide and inadvertently wandered into the line of fire. The actor shall be nameless, for fear of retrospective compensation action.

FAVOURITE WORLD PLAYER: Nick Faldo - a tremendous determination to succeed, with a reward of six Majors.

FAVOURITE IRISH PLAYER: Rory McIlroy - a youngster who has achieved a lot already. I'm sure he'll be a star in the Walker Cup match in September and that he'll go on to do great things in the professional ranks.

FAVOURITE COURSES: Royal County Down, fully deserving its worldwide reputation. The Arnold Palmer (North) at the K Club, a beautiful course that makes you think.

FAVOURITE HOLES: The second on Clandeboye's Ava, a dogleg par five with the woodland of the Dufferin estate ready to capture the errant shot. A lake on the left explains why the long 18th on the K Club's Palmer Course Club is called The Hooker's Graveyard - and three putts are common on the big green.

WHAT IRRITATES YOU MOST ABOUT GOLF? Clubs that don't encourage women and junior golfers - those that do usually thrive.

FAVOURITE/DREAM FOURBALL: With Lee Trevino; Norman Drew; and my dad, whose wit would have been a match for the other two and who would have used his shots to feature strongly in the game.

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