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Ernie and Lauren Dorris with Steven Nixon
Ernie and Lauren Dorris with Steven Nixon

First Time in the UK for prize winner Ernie

Posted on December 06, 2012 at 12:00 PM

“I am ecstatic with the win!” Ernie Dorris – 3rd Prize Winner of the Bernhard Users Club competition talks about his trip to the UK Open this summer.

Just back from his UK trip to the 2012 Open at Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s – Ernie said he was ecstatic when he was told of the win. “My wife didn’t believe me when I told her.” He said.

“Lauren and I had never been to the UK before – so this was really exciting. We took a short trip down to London for a day’s sight-seeing, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Parliament - that was great; but the 4 days at the Open was the best bit. We really enjoyed every minute of that.”

Ernie has been a Bernhard devotee since 2005 – four years at his present Algonquin Golf Course in St Louis County. He said, “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere that didn’t have Bernhard grinders. They’re precise and they do a great job, I enjoy using them.”

If you have looked at the Bernhard Facebook page recently you will have seen Ernie’s sidekick – a beautiful golden Labrador called Jake, lounging on a Bernhard grinder. Jake, expertly trained by Ernie to never walks on the greens or cross the bunkers, stayed behind at the golf course.


Stig Helm-Petersen (4th Prize winner) from Silkeborg Golf Club in Denmark enjoyed a rather wet days golf at the London Club and a trip to the new factory for the opening celebrations.