Jim Junior a winner at George Sprunt memorial in Girvan

We cannot complain about the weather although a low lying sun is difficult to play golf into.

To start with I have the report on the final of the George Sprunt Memorial Invitation Sweepstake played over the Girvan golf course which came to a conclusion on 16th October.

The final top twenty were as follows: J. Fyfe Jnr. (8)61, P. Miller (13)64, W. McCulloch (4)65, M. Lothian (11)67, H. Ward (13)67, M. Campbell (9)68, M. Kennedy (9)68, W. Allan (13)68, G. Campbell (8)68, D. Wilson Jnr. (9)68, W. Pitt (9)69, W. McMeikan (+1)69, P. Zonfrillo (11)69, A. Clark (12)70, R. Galloway, (8)70, S. White (2)70, S. Kirk (6)70, P. McCloy (7)71, R. McCluskey (8)71, S. Stamper (+1)71. All the aforementioned went home clutching some amazing prizes.

The final was played in heavy rain unlike the two qualifying rounds, but that did not deter anyone particularly if you were on a good score.

However I understand that Paul Zonfrillo was burning up the course with a gross 36 to the turn but then the wheels came off, or he accidentally dropped his scissors which can be fatal if you are a barber but he still managed to get into the top 20.

Not only did Jim Fyfe Jnr. win the main trophy but also the caddyshack trophy for the golfers over 50 years of age. Well done Jim there are obviously plenty of good tunes still to be played on an old fiddle. Willie McMeikan won the scratch prize and Susan Low won the ladies prize.

There was a good turnout for the presentation and the Committee wish to thank all the sponsors in particular Aird Sakol Ltd. who were the main sponsors.

Girvan Golf Club’s October medal was played last Sunday with Jason Roberts coming in to win on (9)38 Stableford points followed by Tam Scobie (14)36, Richard McEvoy (18)35, James Baillie (9)35, Paul McCluskey (6)35 and Alex Kerr (18)34

QUOTATIONS OF THE WEEK

Lee Trevino a major championship winner was prepared to admit ‘I’ll hustle anyone for a dollar, or even a dime’.

Andrew Kirkaldy one of the early professional golfers who also caddied was asked by a particularly poor golfer what he should do next ‘If I were you , I’d take the 9.40 train out of St. Andrews’. Not a very encouraging response.

TALES FROM THE CADDYSHACK

St. Andrews was famous for its caddies who had their own code of practice and were able to advise many of their golfing employers on the facts of life on the golf course. Here are a few of their sayings ‘Poot’ Chisolm who advocated ‘With good porridge and a wee nip you’re all right for life’.

‘Skippa’ Stewart Fenton alternated his duties as a caddy with being a fisherman with his own boat. David Anderson ‘Auld Daw’ father of three times Open winner Jamie Anderson on retiring from being a caddy opened a ginger beer stall, with something stronger available on the side at the 9th Hole.

Willie ‘Trap door’ Johnson perfected a special boot with a hollow sole which could scoop up to 6 golf balls which he had declared as being lost. He later sold them often back to their original owner.

I am sure that my friendly ubiquitous caddymaster has many more tales which he could tell as golf is full of tales. The more fun you get from playing golf the more tales you will have to tell.