On the Fairways: Celebrating the ‘bridesmaids’ of golf

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Into December already and soon the nights will be getting shorter and perhaps a bit more sunlight to brighten up our lives.

I find it difficult to imagine how I would feel living in those countries which see little daylight during the winter, as it is bad enough in Scotland at times, but at least we do have the occasional blue in the sky and if we are really fortunate a burst of cheerful sunshine..

The weather has been such over the weekend that no competitive golf was played to my knowledge, so you see there is no need to close a course as it automatically closes itself when the weather is bad. By that I mean that golfers do take notice of poor weather conditions and would rather stay indoors reading about golf instead of playing it. I could suggest a good book to while away an hour or two but perhaps you will come across it by yourself.

QUOTATIONS OF THE WEEK

Lee Trevino was quoted as saying back in 1984 ‘We come from the same backgrounds, more or less, where growing up next to a golf course didn’t mean a 10,000 square foot house with gold faucets in the bathroom’ Hmm! Remind you of anything..

Bobby Jones on his new course in Wisconsin ‘You can treat the flower beds as a water hazard and drop your ball to one side. Otherwise, you can try to play it out. However, if you do, you never will be permitted to play Sentry World again.’

Two great players with their own impressions on golf courses.

TALES FROM THE CADDYSHACK

With the weather not in favour of golf, unless you like paddling around a sodden course, we can look back on some interesting facts about different aspects of the game.

I am sure that there are plenty of golfers who have always been a bridesmaid and never a bride, in other words have never won a big tournament.

One such person was Robert Allan Cruikshank born in Granton-on-Spey in 1894 and known as Bobby. He was short in stature just five foot five inches tall but his talent and passion for golf drove him to become a professional in 1923. He decided to take his talent across the pond to America where he was successful enough to reach the PGA semi-finals in both 1922 and 1923 losing out on both occasions to Gene Sarazen another man of short stature. Bobby Cruickshank also became runner-up in the 1923 US Open. However it was not until the 1934 US Open that he really thought he had made on to the podium as a major winner.

Bobby was in the lead on the final day with only eight holes to play, but on the 11th.his shot headed straight for a distant creek, all appeared to be lost, but there must have been someone on high looking after him as his ball skimmed the water bounced off a rock and landed on the green. He was so exulted as this piece of luck and thinking that this must at last be his day, he threw his club high into the air. Unfortunately his luck deserted him and the club came down to strike him on the head knocking him unconscious.

Fortunately he revived from the knock and continued to play but not surprisingly he was somewhat dazed and finally finished tied for third place. Bobby Cruickshank won seventeen tour events during his career but never a major, although he came close on several occasions. If he had appreciated what every physics student knows ‘What goes up must come down’ then he may have thought twice before launching that club up into the air. Most of us will re-call Jack Nicklaus doing a similar thing back in the 1970’s in the play off against Doug Sanders, when he celebratory threw his putter into the air on winning the Open at St. Andrews causing his opponent to hastily duck to avoid being hit..

Well if the weather does improve make the most of the blue skies and sunshine to take the clubs out of store.