Host of prizes as club season gets into full swing

Girvan Ladies Open winners Marion Whiteford(Brunston Castle) 1st Bronze Liz Neill (Belleisle) Scratch Winner Cecilia Finan (Girvan) Kalco Plate winner  Elinor Heggie Girvan) Silver winner with Ladies Captain Jill Bone in the foreground.
Girvan Ladies Open winners Marion Whiteford(Brunston Castle) 1st Bronze Liz Neill (Belleisle) Scratch Winner Cecilia Finan (Girvan) Kalco Plate winner Elinor Heggie Girvan) Silver winner with Ladies Captain Jill Bone in the foreground.

A couple of weeks ago I reported on the Girvan Ladies Championship and now I am able to provide a picture of the winners. Roz McCulloch Girvan Ladies Champion with Isobel Connor Ladies Bronze Champion and in the middle Ladies Captain Jill Bone.

Well we now come to the Girvan Ladies Open, the Kelco Plate which was played last Wednesday in somewhat inclement weather, but that does not deter these ladies who come from far and wide to compete in this popular tournament. There were a host of prizes but in the main event Marion Whiteford of Brunston Golf Club was first in the Bronze section with a nett 69, Elinor Heggie of Girvan Golf Club was first in the Silver section also on nett 69, the winner of the Scratch prize was Liz Neill of Belleisle Golf Club on 76 with the winner of the main prize the Kelco Plate Cecilia Finan of Girvan Golf Club on nett 61 a really fantastic score. I understand that those who kept to the fairways found the course in excellent condition, however one lady lost five balls in the rough before giving up. Well done to all who took part and congratulations to all the prize winners. Jill Bone the Girvan Ladies Captain at the presentation thanked all the sponsors for their generosity, Prestwick St. Nicholas Golf Club, Brunston Golf Club, Dunskey Golf Club, Stranraer Golf Club, Glenapp Castle, Woodlands Bay Hotel & Restaurant, Grants Distillers, Nestle, Footsteps Ayrshire and all members who donated prizes. This tournament attracts a lot of sponsors for which the ladies are very grateful. The raffle raised £220 which will go to local charities. The ladies Captain Jill Bone then went on to thank the Starters, Greenkeepers and in particular Margaret and Stan Milligan for all the refreshments and wished everyone a safe journey home..

On the 29th. June the Girvan Ladies played for the Jean F. Dunn Four Club trophy which was won by Sandra Morland nett 73 followed by Roz McCulloch nett 75. Jean Dunn was a very popular and active club member who never needed more than four clubs to compete. The Ladies July medal brought in as winner Susan Low nett 69 with Arlene McCarrigle as runner-up on nett 71.

In the Girvan Gents medal played on the 10th. June Luke Morrison came in with the winning score of (22)62 followed by Allan Clark (13)62, Scott Macpherson (15)64 and James Baiilie (9)64.

Over at Turnberry the Colin Clark competition over two rounds on two different courses at Turnberry came to a conclusion with David Nelson winning on nett 75+66=141 followed by Kevin Doyle 77+71=148, Gordon Boyle 77+74=151, Ian Rorison 78+80=158 and Jack Galloway 77+84=161.

TALES FROM THE CADDYSHACK

The Open will be upon us on Thursday unfortunately for some the live broadcast is only on Sky. Who will be kissing this famous claret jug on Sunday is anybody’s guess? I have always looked for an outsider and still think Shane Lowry will be a good each way bet. Danny Willett is also one to consider as Jordon Spieth , Justin Johnston or Jason Day will be on poor odds at the bookies.

Troon is not the best course to watch golf on, but at the Open there is always something going on to interest everyone.