Jim lifts Fergus McCrindle Cup

Whew! Here we are boiling in this heat with the competitors in the Open having to find something else to moan about apart from the usual bad weather.

One of the main hazards of links golf is usually the wind and by that I mean a lot more than Muirfield experienced.

But to get back to important things such as the golf played over the Girvan course by the Girvan Golf Club gents. Last Friday was the Fergus McCrindle Cup, which is an exceedingly attractive cup for Jim Lafferty (10)61 to have his name engraved on. Jim was followed by Jack Galloway (9)62, Gavin Stewart (6)62, Roddy McKay (21)62 and Joel McCluskey (10)63.

The next big event in the Girvan gents schedule will be next Sunday when the William Grant & Sons Ltd Hendricks Gin competition will be held. Hendricks gin is a very popular drink and as that constitutes the main prize there will no doubt be a big entry.

The Girvan ladies medal final on July 18 resulted in a win for Isobel Leitch, net 66, from Liz Neill and Lynda Gordon, also on net 66, the result being decided on the better inward half. The next event for the Girvan ladies will be the Knockavalley Cup bogey competition tonight (Wednesday).

QUOTATIONS OF THE WEEK.

A professional golfer well versed in competing in Opens once stated: “Playing the Open is like tippy-toeing through Hell.” Well, it seems as if that could appropriately be used to describe the Open at Muirfield this year. If your ball goes deep into the rough it could seem like a punishment, which it is, of course, for not keeping your ball on the fairway. Mind you, these professionals have a mass of ball spotters to help them find theirs, but for the likes of you and I it would be a lost ball and a traipse back to the tee.

TALES FROM THE CADDYSHACK.

Congratulations to Phil Mickelson, who has certainly made his trip over the Atlantic well worth while by winning both the Scottish Open and the Open, both on Scottish soil. Commiserations to Lee Westwood, who always seems to fall among the also-rans in the majors despite playing a fantastic game. It just seems that he loses it on the odd hole and at this level you cannot make a mistake.

It was nice to see so many of the top players had their families with them and I understand that Lee Westwood’s son when interviewed complained that he was very hungry … well, wee boys are always hungry.

However, while considering bad luck, we must appreciate that it can always be overcome, as was proved by Ernest Jones, who was badly injured in the First World War. In 1916 he was badly hurt at Loos by German artillery fire which caused him to have 16 fragments of metal removed from his head, arms and leg. In fact, his leg had to be amputated below the knee.

But this did not faze our gallant soldier who was a keen golfer and, some four months later, walking with the aid of an artificial limb Ernest Jones shot 83 at Royal Norwich in Norfolk and a few weeks after that carded a 72 at Clacton in Essex. That was some scoring particularly in view of the circumstances.

I am afraid that I do not know what his golf expertise was before he sustained his injuries, but he later became one of the best golf instructors of his day. His injuries had forced him to learn the art of swinging the clubhead with an easy motion: no set positions, just one continuous flowing motion.

This easy natural motion, according to Jones, is the basis of a good golf swing, and while we appreciate that it was somewhat forced upon him due to his injuries, it must have taken some application by a very brave young man to perfect it. He said that you do not need brute strength to hit a good golf shot, just the ability to swing the clubhead smoothly.

Well, there you are: a story of a dedicated golfer and his theory on a good golf swing.

Now just go out and practise it.