Well here we are all ready for the new golfing season, clubs shining clean, golf shoes all polished and golf balls looking as if they were straight out of the box.
We just hope that we can justify with our golf all the industry we have put into getting the equipment ready.
However before we pass into 2014 there are a few results I must give. The Girvan Golf Club Christmas Competition resulted in a win for James Baillie on 34 Stableford points followed by Jack Galloway also 34 points but beaten by a better inward half, then came David. Inglis 33, with Willie. McMeikan, J. Madden and Tam Scobie all on 32 points. Now in the Boxing Day competition for Girvan Club members George Rae won with (6)44 points followed by Charlie Morgan (18)39, David Mair (16)36 and Willie McMeikan (1) also on 36 points
The first trophy of 2014 for Girvan Golf Club members was the New Year Cup which was won by Alan Gaff (5)37 Stableford points followed by Graeme Andrew (10) 35points and Robert McMaster (7)34 points. Obviously the wind did not affect their play, but after all it was one of the more moderate days.
The weather of late has been a little unusual with the odd good sunny day breaking into the wild windy days and it was one of those which caused the Girvan Golf Club’s January medal being postponed to this coming Sunday 12th. January, naturally with weather permitting.
All Girvan Golf Club members are reminded of the Club’s Annual General Meeting which will be held on Sunday January 19th in the 19th. Hole at 6.30 for 7pm.
QUOTATIONS OF THE WEEK
O.B. Keeler an American sportswriter many years ago gave a very apt statement on golf
‘The terrible thing about a missed shot in golf is that the thing is done, irrevocably, irretrievably. Perhaps that is why golf is so great a game; it is so much like the game of life. We don’t have those shots to play again in that either.’ That is so true, we are rarely given a second chance at something in life, not even a Mulligan.
The famous Tony Lema commented ‘A buoyant, positive approach to the game is as basic as a sound swing’. That should cheer you up for 2014, but remember slowly back on the swing.
TALES FROM THE CADDYSHACK
I hope you all missed my weekly scribble over the last two editions, but never fear here I am back again refreshed after the break to make you ponder on the niceties of golf.
In the meantime on another sporting subject Ayr United had a convincing win over East Fife beating them by two goals to nil. However away to Stranraer, Ayr lost their way entirely and showed just how poor they really could be. Ayr started off in great form having most of the play for the first ten minutes, but by half time were two goals down, Stranraer scoring two more early in the second half with Ayr unable to pose a real threat to the Stranraer goal. However in spite of the score it was an entertaining match with Stranraer providing most of the entertainment, but never fear Ayr supporters have always this coming Sarurday’s game at home to look forward to.
The wild weather has made golf very difficult and whilst we may be able to batter round in some of the wind, it is when it becomes combined with heavy rain that golf becomes impossible for most of us. Still there are quite a few golf stories floating about, but we have yet to achieve a golf ball that avoids water, or even one that floats on it. Mind you I notice that Vijay Singh has purchased an island on the Worlds’ Islands archipelago in Dubai on which he intends to build a water golf course, but do not ask me to explain what that is.
Golf always has its surprises in store for you, go out on your own for a few holes and you find yourself playing some fantastic shots but there is no-one there to appreciate them apart from yourself. That happened to me on Thursday 2nd. January when I went to pay my season ticket for the Girvan course and play just a few holes. Into a very strong wind my second shot at the 8th. came to within a few feet of the hole and a passer by with his dog was so impressed that he threw across a golf ball to show his appreciation of my skill, but to be truthful it was really just a piece of good luck. All golfers need a bit of luck, it is in many cases the alternative to skill, so never mock it and enjoy your game..