On the Fairways with Bill Tait

The ladies winners for 2014 at Girvan golf club.
The ladies winners for 2014 at Girvan golf club.

The golf season is generally winding down now and all the various clubs are having their annual presentation of prizes which due to the handicapping system allows them to be widely spread..

The Girvan ladies held their annual dinner and presentation last Friday night in the Girvan Clubhouse with a very sociable evening accompanied by an excellent meal from Maggie’s Pantry. Anne Bush the ladies Captain would no doubt keep them all in order and present the prizes in her own inimitable way: Roydon Trophy-Catharine McCrindle, Craig Trophy-Isobel Leitch, Handicap Trophy-Elinor Heggie, W.D. McKie- Isobel Kyle, Ailsa Trophy-Susan Low, Cancer Trophy-Sandra Deeny, K&A Adam 2 ball-Lynda Gordon & Elinor Heggie, Jean Dunn-Sandra Deeney, Medals Final-Roz. McCulloch, Knockavalley Trophy-Roz McCulloch, Arran Rosebowl-Susan Low, Kintyre Trophy-Lynda Gordon, Jenny Robb-Elinor Heggie, Captain’s Prize- Susan Low, Past Captain’s Prize-Lynda Gordon, Farish Shield-Sandra Deeney, Isobel Connor Quaich-Sandra Deeney, Bronze Champion-Isobel Connor, Silver Champion-Liz Neill, Two’s Competition-Roz McCulloch and Elinor Heggie (joint winners),Winter Ringer Scratch-Liz Neill, Nett-Roz McCulloch, Summer Ringer Scratch-Roz McCulloch, Nett-Lynda Gordon, Eclectic Scratch-Roz McCulloch, nett Elinor Heggie, Silver Medal-Susan Low, Bronze Medal- Sandra Deeney. Monthly medals were as follows: August-Isobel Leitch,September- Lynda Gordon, November-Cath. Ramsay, December-Eva Montgomerie, April-Liz Neill, May -Sandra Deeney, June- Isobel Connor. As you can see that the Girvan Ladies had a very active summer with plenty of prize winners to go home happy on Friday night after an evening of social intercourse..

The gents and youngster winners for 2014 at Girvan Golf club.

The gents and youngster winners for 2014 at Girvan Golf club.

The gentlemen of Girvan Golf Club held their annual presentation of prizes on Saturday night which was followed by an excellent meal again provided by Maggie’s Pantry.

Captain Jason Roberts was away on a romantic weekend so Vice-Captain Gregor Mackintosh stood in to present the prizes and make the Captain’s speech.. Gregor complimented the green staff on the excellent condition of the course, thanked Mrs. Milligan for not only providing the refreshments throughout the year but also for the excellence of the dinner which everyone was about to enjoy, Jack Galloway Club Chairman for all his help and advice during the year but above all for having all the trophies engraved and put on display for the presentation, Willie McMeikan for the looking after the juniors so well, Bill Tait for his secretarial duties, Bob McMaster Match Secretary and all the Committee for their help and then he thanked everyone for attending the presentation as without them there would not be a Club. Vice-Captain Gregor Mackintosh made a very fine speech with plenty of amusing remarks and went on to compliment Geoff Clark for being the only member to record a hole in one during the year which was at the 7th. hole in the Alginate Bogey and also to congratulate Willie McMeikan for creating a new course record of 57.

.The Vice Captain then presented the prizes as follows; Lloyd Wilson-R. McLeish and D. Earle, 36 Hole-I. Stewart, New Year Cup-A. Gaff, H. Steel Scratch S. Johnstone, Nett J. Cameron, Dryborough Cup-J. Baillie, Finnies Shield-A. Macfarlane & J. Cameron, RNLI-D. Mair, Cockburn Medal-J. Brown, Girvan Seniors-J. Crawford, Alginate Bogey-J. Galloway, Bob Tait-J. McDowall, George Robb-J. Lafferty, Swee- R. McMaster, Alex Thomson Scratch-S. White, Nett-P. McCloy, Grant Cup-M. Campbell, Walter Linton- D. Hamilton, Ford McCartney-J. MacLaxchlan, Andy Hay-W. McDines, T&H McCrindle- G. Coombe & J. McKie, W.D. McKie- J. Fyfe Snr., Dalquharran Cup-J. McKie, Gents Fourball-M. Campbell & A. Kerr, Ardmillan Cup-J. McKie, Fergus McCrindle- T. Scobie, Grants Hendrick’s Gin-R. McMaster, Millennium Cup-S. Johnston, Captain’s Prize-W. Hewitson,. Bon Accord-M. Swan, D. Malcolm & J. Lafferty, Two’s Competition-S. Johnston, Heneage Medal-I. Alexander, Glendoune Cup-M. Campbell & A. Kerr, Doig trophy-R. McMaster, Championship nett- W. McClymont, Second Class-J. Crawford, Championship- G. Bryden.

The Club Chairman Jack Galloway presented the juniors with their prizes and commented that with so many talented juniors the future of the Club was in safe hands and Willie McMeikan had to be commended for bringing them to such a high standard. The trophies were as follows; D. Connor Trophy, Daily Telegraph Trophy and the Junior Club Championship went to R. Allan, W. Cunningham, Kelco Stableford, Westcliffe, The Championship nett Trophy and Player of the Year award went to K. Beauchamp, The Simple Simon Shield, J.H. Miller Shield and the David Butcher Trophy went to D. Gillespie, Derek Stewart Trophy to A. McCrindle, Ronjo Trophy to D. Olphant, Spring Shield to S. Brown whilst monthly medals went as follows; K. Beauchamp- April and September, D. Oliphant-May, K. Brown-June, July and August, A couple of very good night for members of Girvan Golf Club.


The famous author and golf fanatic P.G. Wodehouse once wrote ‘I attribute the insane arrogance of the later Roman emperors almost entirely to the fact that, never having played golf, they never knew the chastening humility engendered by the top chipped shot’.

However Groucho Marx the comedian commented that ‘Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies’. That could equally apply to many golfers during the course of a round.


With the thought of Christmas approaching I was playing golf recently with a gentleman who wore a watch which not only told the time, but also told you exactly how far you were to the flag on each hole. It did not matter what golf course you were on or where you were on the course, it had the exact measurements to the hole. That may be the ultimate Christmas gift for any golf nut as it completely adjusts itself and requires no amateur fumbling to get it right, the only trouble is that it does not understand your particular golf talent and tell you what club to use. But perhaps by next Christmas this will be available and shortly after that a gizmo which can actually propel the ball towards the target. What Old Tom Morris et.al. would think of all this I do not know, but for the discerning golfer these watches may be obtained from most golf outlets.

Whew! What will they think of next, perhaps something to enable Ayr United to win a few more matches. They should have beaten Alloa comfortably last Saturday if they only understood that you have to play to the whistle and not stop when you ‘think’ someone is offside. Well next Tuesday Ayr will have another chance to put it right. In the meantime enjoy your golf playing whenever the weather lets you.