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Well it has been a busy time for golf this week what with the Ladies Open at Turnberry preventing any members competitions but providing all the spectators with the pleasure of watching some fantastic lady golfers combat all that nature could throw at them. But more of that later.

On Friday the Girvan course hosted the annual invitational competition for the David Girvan Memorial Cup. David Girvan was a very popular young man who unfortunately died at a young age and in his memory over the past thirty years this golf competition has been held on the last Friday in July. It involves members of his family, his regular playing partners from Turnberry, work colleagues and their families who all meet up on this special occasion. After an excellent meal provided by Mrs. Margaret Milligan and her helpers in Maggie’s Pantry, the prizes were presented by this year’s captain Jill Bone The tournament caters for all classes of golfer and started with the competition for those who for some reason or another cannot complete the full 18 holes. This is the ‘Survivors Trophy’ won by Bill Tait followed by Bill Girvan and Jennifer Ramsay. The ‘Senior’s Trophy’ which is represented a large tee was won by George Morgan followed by Miller Craig and Jenny Morgan. ‘Jean’s Vase’ for the best scratch score went to Paul Smiley followed by Andy Cunninghame and John Girvan. The main trophy the ‘David Girvan Memorial Trophy’ was won by Michael Morgan followed by Allan Gordon and Jill Bone. The longest drive was shared between Michael Morgan and Tony Brough who came all the way from Loughborough to compete.

The whole affair was excellently organized by John Girvan nephew of the late David Girvan and everyone left looking forward to next year.

QUOTATIONS OF THE WEEK

Jan Stephenson on hearing a golf writer rating her appeal as ‘6’ stated ‘I may not be the prettiest girl in the world, but I’d like to see Bo Derek rated a ‘10’ after playing 18 holes in 100 degree heat’. Well the ladies did not have that heat at Turnberry last week but perhaps being bundled up in so many clothes and wearing face masks would have had the same affect.

Paul Azinger on Michelle Wie turning pro a week before her 16th birthday ‘I didn’t even know how to shave at 15.’ These lady golfers seem to be getting younger each year, particularly the Koreans.

TALES FROM THE CADDYSHACK

This may have been the Ladies British Open but it was nice to see a young gentleman from Girvan, Jeff Brighton striding down the fairways with a golf bag slung over his shoulder. Mind you it was the golf bag of Jin Young Ko from Korea, competing in the event for the first time and little known on the tour until she came under Jeff’s guidance. This took her to leading the field after three rounds and eventually coming second in the Open to the experienced Inbee Park on 279 just three shots more than Inbee’s total of 276. Unfortunately Jin Young Ko found the burn at the 16th which seemed finally to put paid to her chances of winning and gave the title to Inbee Park. However it appears that our Korean lady relied heavily on Jeff Brighton, who gave her the line on every shot and where to drop the ball. Mind you it was a help that Jin Young Ko’s English was a little better than Jeff Brighton’s Korean otherwise they could possibly be still out there on the course. Jeff Brighton has turned his hand to many things and is usually very successful at whatever he does. We can only wish him every success in the future at his next venture.

Congratulations to Inbee Park for her achievement in difficult weather conditions. I understand that everybody was very complimentary over the condition of the course in particular the greens. Our friend Donald Trump dropped in for an interview but seemed more interested in his election campaign to be President of the United States than the golf tournament.

However we must agree that he is doing great things for Turnberry golf course and only hope that he does not divert all his cash to his presidential campaign.FOOTBALL Well Ayr United won again on Saturday 2-0 against Brechin in the League Cup and having drawn Rangers in the Petrofac cup could perhaps be drawn against them in the League Cup as well at a later stage. We shall just have to wait and see, but with the team we have we will give Rangers a good game.