Well the weather continues to encourage golfers out on to the course, but if it rains could it please do so between the hours of midnight and five in the morning.
The Girvan ladies Medals Final brought in as winner that seasoned campaigner Roz McCulloch on nett 68 with Isobel Kyle 73 and Susan Low 74. It is nice to see Roz on the winners podium again a place she used to frequent often.
The Girvan gents are catching up on those competitions that were postponed earlier in the season due to the weather and on Friday the 18th. July, Tam Scobie (14)61 came in to win the very attractive Fergus McCrindle Cup followed by Ian Alexander (15)62, Alan Copland (11)64, with David Inglis, Scott Shannon, Bob Cronie, Andy MacFarlane and Richard McEvoy all on nett 66. This is a very attractive cup and Tam will no doubt be delighted to be presented and photographed with it(if requested) at the Club’s annual dinner in November
On Saturday 19th. July the Girvan gents competed for the Finnie’s Shield a greensome competition which brought in as winners Andy MacFarlane and Jim Cameron on nett 56.8 followed by Ian Hamilton and John McDowall 58.6, Billy McLatchie and Robert McCluskey 59.6 with Jim Lafferty and James Baillie also on 59.6. Although Finnie’s Sports Shop in Ayr is no longer operating the Club is still pleased to continue with their trophy in memory of their sponsorship over many years.
Girvan members are reminded to keep an eye on the Club notice board regarding rearranged fixtures. The Stevenson Trophy the Girvasn Golf Club gent’s section open tournament will be held on Sunday 3rd. August and a good entry is looked for. The weather promises to be good so get plenty of practice in.
Over at Turnberry in a qualifying round of the sunset competition R. Kilpatrick (5)70, Jim Nicol (5)70 and D. McCubbin (24)72 all qualified.
QUOTATIONS OF THE WEEK
Patty Sheehan an LPGA member on turning professional ‘I like the thought of playing for money instead of silverware. I never did like to polish.’ Hmm! that depends on the status of the silverware as the old claret jug would look very impressive sitting on the sideboard.
Lee Westwood on the comparative obscurity of the European tour. ’I wouldn’t want Tiger’s life even though it brings in things like $40 million Nike contract. It’s not worth it. I can go out for a drink with my mates and no-one bothers me, and that’s how I like it. I would not want bodyguards, all that hassle’. Perhaps it’s the thought of having to pay for the bodyguards drinks as well that bothers him.
TALES FROM THE CADDYSHACK
Well that is the Open past for another year and congratulations to Rory McIlroy for leading throughout the tournament and holding on to the claret jug despite the last round efforts of Sergio Garcia and Ricky Fowler.
I expect that all golfers were glued to their television sets last Sunday in spite the good weather. Next year it is back to St. Andrews once thought of by Sam Snead as the rough practice ground.. I had watched the BMW Classic and admired Shane Lowry’s game so had a mild flutter on him. He was in great form in the first and last rounds but in between average. However so many contesters getting birdies at the 18th put him down to 9th. place so no return on my investment.
Peter Allis commenting at a previous Open turned to Peter Thomson and said ‘What do you think of the climax to this tournament?’ to which Peter Thomson replied ‘I’m speechless,’ Allis ‘That says it all’. Walter Hagan was noted for his lack of practice and when this was pointed out to him responded ‘Why waste good shots in practice when you might need them on the course’. It seemed that plenty of bunker practice was required at Hoylake.
With the Open now over we have the Ryder Cup to look forward to, so keep your golf game in shape and enjoy it.