McMurry bowls ‘em over
Reporter, TV show host and avid golfer Win McMurry proved that she's no slouch with the cricket bat either.
In what has now become a tradition, McMurry held her own with the willow during an impromptu game of cricket with cricket legend Brian Lara, US Open champion Justin Rose and Somerset Cup Match player Joshua Gilbert on the 18th tee at Port Royal Golf Course yesterday.
“It was fun learning about cricket and meeting Brian Lara,” she said. “I got to hit a cricket ball and it was such a treat.”
Lara gave Win's performance with the cricket bat the proverbial thumbs up.
“She caught on pretty quickly,” he grinned. “Obviously she had an eye/hand coordination playing golf so it was just a matter of setting her up correctly.”
Golf Channel presenter McMurry managed to complete a full round despite experiencing discomfort on the closing holes.
“My golf game was not so good and my back actually started hurting a bit at the end of the round but it was great,” she said. “I hit a couple of good shots and made a couple of good putts and couple of good drives and all in all it was a really good time.
“It was such a treat and I love playing here at Port Royal. It was a good round, we played with some great folks and I loved the guys in my group. We had some really good players which was awesome.
“I had a great time learning and getting some great tips from Brian and the other guys from my group. It was a beautiful day and the weather held up for us which was amazing.”
For double world record holder Lara, the highlight of the round was playing with US Open champ Rose.
“I was impressed with Justin because he is very correct with his stance and strokes,” Lara said. “It was a very enjoyable few minutes on the 18th tee box and was also enjoyable round playing with the guys I played with. It was a lot of fun and was nice to have Justin join us for a few holes. We may not have won, but we had a wonderful time.”
Asked who was he backing to win this year's Grand Slam, Lara replied: “I always back the guy who I play with but I'm a big fan of all four players. They are not just good golfers but all gentlemen as well.
“I've met Jason Dufner (PGA Champion) and just his demeanour on the golf course, watching him playing those big tournaments, he seems to be a friendly guy. I've played with Padraig Harrington (2012 PGA Grand Slam champion) here before and I've also played with Adam Scott (Masters champion) as well so I think it's a great foursome and may the best man win.”
Lara, who is an honorary member of Port Royal Golf Club, was left awestruck by the immaculate state of the public golf course.
“The course is beautiful and in great shape, maybe the best I've seen it,” he said. “It's an amazing, amazing golf course and I think anybody coming here will definitely enjoy it. “
As for his for his round, Lara said: “I did make a couple of good putts but my driving wasn't too good and is something I need to sort out. My iron play is still very decent and if can get the ball off the tee down the fairway I'll be happier.”