A Round with Anne Marie
Anne Marie McAleese takes to the links for a round or two of golf in a new four-part series on BBC Radio Ulster.
Over four weeks, special guests join Anne Marie - and her prized ‘Big Bertha’ driver - for a few fun holes of golf on a variety of courses across Northern Ireland, painting
pictures of the location, telling their stories, and sharing their tips about the sport they love and life in general as they try to hit that all important birdie or hole in one!
Anne Marie said: “I’ve been playing golf on and off since I was knee high to a daisy. I’m not Rory McIroy but in my heyday I represented Ulster and Ireland, although I haven’t played competitively for a long time.
"When I moved back to Portstewart earlier this year I fell in love with the game all over again. There’s nowhere I’d rather be on a good day than on a golf course. I’m not keen on playing in the rain but the chances of not getting wet here are slim. It rained heavily at Lough Erne in Fermanagh but we kept our heads down and walked faster.
“It was great chatting to all the guests – golf is a great leveller. People are less inhibited on a golf course and tend to open up a bit more. Although it’s quite hard to talk and play, we got the hang of it!
"Rose-Marie’s handbag slung round her trolley is an image I’ll never forget, Roy Walker’s explanation of what ‘Fore!’ means is priceless. Dennis Taylor is almost as good on the golf course as on the snooker table. We had to run to keep up with Hannah Shields, William Caulfield looks the part and Lynn McCool is a golfing genius. Veronica McCann, meanwhile is fearless and Father David Delargy was hoping for some divine intervention.
"In between lost balls, bunkers, trees, rough, some incredible shots, we talked and laughed and sank a few putts too.”
At Belvoir Park Golf Club
In Programme 1, Anne Marie is joined by singing star Rose-Marie and snooker legend Dennis Taylor.
At Fortwilliam Golf Club, Belfast
In Programme 2, Anne Marie is joined by comedian Roy Walker and motivational speaker and leader of the Wee Binnian Walkers, Veronica
At Cushendall Golf Club
In Programme 3, Anne Marie catches up with Father David Delargy of the classical musical group ‘The Priests’, and long distance runner and conqueror of Everest, Hannah Shields.
At Lough Erne Golf Resort
In Programme 4, Anne Marie heads out
on the course with its Head Professional Golfer Lynn McCool and comedian William Caulfield.