Sir John Tait Salver held at Turnberry

Plenty of golf has been played of late and in the Turnberry Wednesday medal Darwin Johnstone came in with the winning score of (4)68 followed by Duncan Kerr (5)73 and Ian Rorison also on (5)73.

Last Sunday in excellent weather the Turnberry members held the Sir John Tait Salver, a mixed foursome event which was followed by an excellent sociable meal in the clubhouse. There was some difficulty in arriving at the winner as current captain Clive Douglas partnered by Maureen Kelly, a past ladies captain, had the same number of Stableford points as Esther and Raymond Fitzgerald. The current ladies captain Liz Brown had to back down the scores to find a winner. The inward half which was again a draw as was the last six, three and last hole. It was then necessary to go to the first half and that went to the last six before it was decided that the winners were Clive Douglas and Maureen Kelly. Well done to all who took part.

Meanwhile at Girvan the June Medal was safely brought to anchor by George Coombe on (19)65 followed by Andy MacFarlane (13)68, Jim Crawford (12)68, and John MacLachlan (8)69. Stuart White had the lowest scratch score of the round with 71.

The Girvan Club’s Andy Hay 5 club competition was held on 10th. June bringing in Nat Taylor as winner with an excellent score of (24)61 perhaps showing that he is better with five clubs than the full set. Nat was followed by Ian McCulloch (16)66, David Inglis (10)68 and Robert McLeish (7)68 who had the best scratch score of the round on 78.

The Girvan Ladies are currently in the throes of their championship and I will report fully on the result next week. The Girvan gents championship commenced on Monday this week and again a full report will be in next week’s Gazette..

QUOTATIONS OF THE WEEK

Louise Nelson giving advice to husband Byron back in 1936 after a bad round, ‘Honey, why don’t you quit kidding yourself?

It just can’t be the clubs to blame. Your trouble is you’. Well I understand his frustration as I blame the ball or the tee after a bad shot as they are cheaper to dispose of than a set of clubs. Never blame yourself as you certainly do not wish to give the game up. .

Jack Nicklaus on MacGregor golf gloves ‘I used to use three a round, but since I bought the company I now only use one’. Obviously a man with an eye to the finances.

TALES FROM THE CADDYSHACK

Well the good weather seems to have arrived at last. Unfortunately it has made the rough grow ferociously on the Girvan golf course, even around the bunkers where it is difficult enough to get out of a bunker to start with, let alone then having to try and find your ball in the rough surrounding it and try and get it out of that. You may find that it is even harder to get the ball out of the rough than out of the bunker in the first place.

You jump unavoidably from one hazard to another and I am sure that the summer visitor will not appreciate it.

The art of getting out of rough is not by blindingly trying to hit the ball as far as you can, but to make sure it comes out of the rough on to the nearest piece of fairway. You may be in a position where you can only see the ball by looking straight down at it and this is where you need to take a very steep, short backswing to get as little grass between club and ball as possible. A tight grip with the left hand to stop the club turning in the hand and you must keep going through the ball. From this you will have understood that I have been in the rough frequently and have a lot of experience in getting out of it even though not always successfully. Try it and I wish you good luck, but of course the most important thing is firstly to be able to find your ball.

*Football. I read with interest every week about the players Ayr United will have in the team for next season which by all accounts will be a very successful one. Well I will hopefully be there and look forward to going home with a smile on my face. I did that last season but it was more of a grimace rather than a smile. I also look forward to Jimmy Cope’s food in the hospitality suite.