Success for vibrant junior section

Bright sunny weather brings out the golfers depite the cold wind. At Girvan some fifty eager aspirants for the RNLI Shield turned out last Sunday in this Stableford competition which was won by Gary Hilliard (10)40 points who will now have to clear a space on his mantelpiece for the small shield he will be able to admire for many years to come. Mind you Gary only won on the better inward half from Simon Whyte (20)40 points who was followed by Richard McEvoy (17)38, Liam Rogers (20)37 and Martin Lothian (12)37.

The Girvan gents hold their medal next Sunday whilst I am led to believe that the Girvan Ladies have a medal(Thistle Brooch) tonight Wednesday 3rd. April.

Girvan Golf Club has always had a vibrant junior section many of the junior champions have come through to become senior champions. Over the years the Club has been fortunate in having some excellent junior conveners who have worked hard to encourage the youngsters.

The junior section is open to girls as well as boys and in the current year of equality it is surprising that more girls have not come through to challenge the boys. Anyway this year Girvan Golf Club’s Junior Convener is Willie McMeikan and he is preparing a junior fixture list. Anyone, both girls and boys who might be interested should contact Willie on his mobile No. 07825631559 to find out more.

Turnberry gents have been out in the Saturday medal on 30th. March which was won by Ewan Dyer (14)72 followed by Gordon Boyle (0)73, John Broadfoot (4)74, Duncan Kerr (4)75 and John Hodge (5)75.

With very little rain of late and cold windy conditions the ground is dry and hard allowing the ball to run flattering distances.

QUOTATIONS OF THE WEEK

Chi Chi Rodriguez ‘I was so nervous that I drank a fifth of rum before going out to play. I shot the happiest 83 of my life’. Mind you his caddie’s advice during the round was to keep the ball low on putts.

TALES FROM THE CADDYSHACK

Ayr United played one of their worst games last Saturday and still managed to win. Up until the last twenty minutes they kept passing the ball to East Fife who only managed to score one goal despite all this assistance. In the last twenty minutes Ayr woke up to this fact and somehow managed to scramble two goals to win 2-1. Ayr must learn to control the ball better.

A few little tales to keep you amused when you sit in the clubhouse contemplating whether you can face the wintry weather to play a round of golf.

Did you know that the longest golf course to host an Open Championship was the 7,361 yard Carnoustie golf course which had Paul Lawrie winning in 1999 and Padraig Harrington in 2007. There you are a bit of golfing trivia and there is more to come. Prior to the professional game becoming dominant in golf the US Amateur Championship was considered one of the Majors. The US Amateur champion each year receives an invitation to appear in all the Majors except the US PGA Championship. This invitation of course includes the Masters and it is interesting to note that eleven Masters Champions first appeared at the Masters as amateurs. As I have mentioned before that the Masters will soon be upon us and it will be nice to see it in full bloom although the authorities have lengthened some of the holes. There may come a time when they will leave the courses alone to be as they were when the champions who gave the game its popularity played and won. Enjoy your golf and of course watching the Masters.