Pitch and putt course opens as Turnberry takes shape

We are into another month and the golfing season is hotting up.

I can now report that in the Girvan Golf Club’s Finnie’s Shield, a green-some competition, Andy MacFarlane and Jim Cameron (12) 64 came in to win followed by Robert and William McCluskey (9.4) 64.5, Paul McCluskey and William Roberts (7.4) 65.6.

Although Finnie’s sports shop is no longer in existence they supported the Girvan Golf Club for many years in which they supplied the prizes. So we like to keep their competition going in their memory.

Last Sunday there was a good turnout for the Girvan Golf Club’s March medal which was won by Alan Copland (11)62 followed by David Clark (10)63, Stevie Johnston (5)63, Henry McMaster (13)64 and David MacIntyre (12)64.

QUOTATIONS OF THE WEEK

Gary Player on why he enjoys golf, ‘I was winning golf tournaments when John McEnroe was five years of age and if I stay healthy I’ll be winning tournaments when I am fifty-five and sixty years of age. Not many tennis players will still be doing that’. I did not know that Gary Player was a member of the Probus Club.

TALES FROM THE CADDYSHACK

The weather has proved to be difficult, one beautiful day followed by two or more days of rain. The pitch and putt course in front of Turnberry Hotel has some holes open and the practice pitch and putt course is also open, if only the rain would allow us to use them.

Last week I mentioned Joyce Wethered as a lady golfer born in 1901 who wore more practical clothing than the very early lady golfers in their long skirts and large hats.

Joyce won five English golf championships and was a golfer of some renown deserving a little more recognition than the sparse comment I made about her.

In 1930 she played St. Andrews off the back tees in a decent breeze in the company of Bobby Jones.

She scored 75 and afterwards Jones said ‘I have not played golf with anyone, man or woman, amateur or professional, who made me feel so utterly outclassed. It was not so much the score she made as the way she made it.

It was impossible to expect that Miss Wethered would miss a shot- and she never did.’ A very complimentary remark by one of the great gentlemen of golf. Playing in Norfolk in 1920 Joyce faced a putt to win when a train steamed past.

Asked later about that distraction she exclaimed ‘What train? ‘ A remark that has passed down through time. Wethered commented later that she was so concerned with the putt that if the heavens had fallen she would not have noticed.

Joyce Wethered married Sir John Heathcote-Amery in 1937, retired from golf and moved to Devon where her garden became her pride and joy.

She lived a full life dying the day after her 96th. birthday.

A true lady of golf who obviously enjoyed her game no matter who she played with. That is what golf is all about, so remember when playing against the ladies they do not give anything and can prove to be quite a handful.