My son - Steve Surry - has asked me to thank everybody on GM who posted messages of Good Luck/Congratulations re. his qualification for The Open. He very much appreciates people taking the time to do this, and to follow his progress (appreciated by me too).
This has been a whole new ball game for us, so, in case anybody is interested, this is the story so far .....
His life has been somewhat manic since returning from Scotland on Tuesday evening. Besides all the arrangements for accommodation etc for next week, he has done some interviews with local press and radio, and the local BBC TV crew are going to film him at the club on Friday - to be shown on their evening news broadcast. Radio 5 Live have also been touch as they want to interview him after practice and playing rounds.
Various manufacturers have been phoning re. providing bags, clothing etc.
After qualifying, the R&A informed him that they had block booked hotel accommodation for players, and he was to ring the office the following day for more details. Unfortunately the accommodation is in the Turnberry Hotel - £370 per night, with a minimum booking of 7 nights. His finances do not stretch to £2.5K for accommodation for him and his caddie! We are renting a house, which is about 12 miles from the course (were lucky to find that I think), with 6 of us staying there - so much more economical.
I think that he is travelling up to Turnberry sometime on Saturday, and one of his practice rounds will probably be with David Howell. I believe that official practice starts on Monday.
The information pack from the R&A should arrive today, which will give us info about passes, courtesy car etc.
For anybody still reading ....... background info available on his website. (He has not had a chance to update the blog yet!)
Again - many thanks folks.