Captains go head to head

The Turnberry gents played their medal on February 19, which resulted in a joint win for Scott Clare (5)69 and John Broadfoot (5)69, followed by Nicholas Faulds (5)70, Ronnie McLellan (1)73, Gordon Boyle (0)73 and Duncan Kerr (5)73.

The Girvan golfers played the final round of the Harry Steel Eclectic last Sunday, which is a competition played over three rounds out of which a card of 18 holes is derived.

The winner of the scratch prize was Willie McMeikan on 56, followed by Kenny Morgan and S Johnston both on 62.

In the handicap section, G Wilson came in to win on (14)56, followed by James Baillie (8)56 and Kenny Morgan, Willie McClusky and Alan Copland all on nett 57. The March medal is being played on Sunday, and all entrants will be expected to have paid their membership subscription to the subscription secretary Bernie Mills by then. Scores will not be accepted from those who have fallen in arrears.

The Girvan gents’ season officially opens with the annual Captain v Vice-captain match. This year, the protagonists are Captain John Hilliard and Vice-captain Jason Roberts in the match on Sunday March 11. A list will be shortly displayed on the club noticeboard for all those wishing to take part. Girvan members are reminded that all subscriptions are now due and Bernie has already made himself available on a number of dates to suit members’ convenience.

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK.

H MacNeile Dixon, in his book Golf and How back in 1944, expounded: “In time, the beginners will come to realise that, as in war so in golf, to be successful, a careful study of strategy and tactics is essential. Before issuing or taking up a challenge for big stakes, the player must thoroughly investigate the characteristics and make up of his opposite number. This involves the examination of his psychology, physiognomy and physical powers. Once satisfied in regard to these details, he may work out his plan of campaign.” Whew! And you thought it was just a matter of hitting a small ball into a small round hole in fewer shots than your opponent.

TALES FROM THE CADDYSHACK

The weather is improving and it is nice to get out on to the course. However, the ground is still very wet and the ball does not run far. This, of course, belies the fact that it never rains on a golf course, which appears to apply only in England at present where they seem to have a water shortage.

Well, well! Ayr United beat Livingston against all the forecasters who did not give Ayr a chance. The fans were shouting at the end, ‘What’s the score Yogi’? – a reference to John Hughes, who has taken over as Livingston manager. John was a favourite at Ayr when he played for them.

Have you ever considered what the main attraction of golf is? It is not down to running ability, kicking ability or muscular strength. No. It is down to your ability to hit a stationary ball straight down a fairway competently and putt the ball into a hole not much bigger than the ball. Nothing to it you may think, no great athleticism required. It is totally down to your own personal ability to perform these functions adequately without any interference from your opponent. There is no great rush, you play in pleasant surroundings and have only yourself to blame if it all goes wrong.