Turnberry course gearing up for grand opening

Well the Girvan ladies have had good weather so far in their championship.

In the second round Elinor Heggie came in with the best scratch score of 84 having a better inward half than Roz McCulloch also on 84.

The best nett score of the round went to Sandra Deeney (23)70. After two rounds in the Silver division Roz McCulloch leads with 167 from Elinor Heggie 178 whilst in the Bronze division Catharine McCrindle leads on 196 from Sandra Deeney 198. The overall nett scores are as follows Kathleen Thomson 146, Roz McCulloch 149, Wilma McDade 152, Catharine McCrindle 152, Sandra Deeney 153 and Elinor Heggie 154. The final round of the Girvan Ladies Championship will be held on Wednesday 15th. June and it looks like a tight finish, good luck to all competitors. The Girvan Gents Championship commences on Thursday 16th. June with the second round on Friday 17th June.

Over at Turnberry in the Wednesday medal played on 8th June Peter Keenan (2)70 came in to win followed by Steven Stamper (+1) 73, Neil Dawson (6)73 and Craig McVicar (7)73. Turnberry will be gearing up for the arrival of the US Presidential candidate Donald Trump for the grand opening on the 24th June. I presume everything will be in place and naturally my ubiquitous caddie master will have arranged for good weather, or better still perhaps the weather that is normally seen at Turnberry.

QUOTATIONS OF THE WEEK

Raymond Floyd ‘The game was easy for me as a kid, and I had to play it a while to find out how hard it really is.’ Whilst Sandra Palmer told the Golf Magazine ‘Golf is like art; it is impossible to be perfect.’

TALES FROM THE CADDYSHACK

The R & A have produced a ‘PACE OF PLAY MANUAL’ Which has been issued to clubs and all golfing authorities in order to help maintain an acceptable speed of play around most golf courses as slow play has become a big problem. Some of the problems it covers Is that too much time is wasted during a round searching for balls in deep rough.

This can be cut by reducing the severity of the rough so that, while it still provides a challenge, it is less likely to conceal a ball and also be easier to chip out of on to the fairway. Very strong rough means that the average golfer, if he finds the ball, spends considerable time and many strokes trying to get out of it and it totally spoils his game. The alternative being to drop a ball where the errant ball was hit and adding a stroke, but that becomes costly on golf balls and is not what golf is about.. Bunkers are a recognised hazard on a golf course and if they are small with steeply revetted faces it becomes harder to get out of and therefore will hold up play. The bunker can still be a challenge with the height slightly lowered, and a gentler face but large enough to enable a club to be swung easily. It is not necessary to have every greenside bunker steeply defined so challenging the best golfer and at the same time making it nearly impossible for the average golfer to get out of. This deprives the handicapping system of its purpose as it seems to unfairly deprive the average/high handicapper of being able to compete fairly with the low handicapper. A grass swale is becoming popular in a number of courses as it equally challenging to the good and the average golfer. But it is also importantthat the bunker is shaped in such a way that when sand is introduced the ball tends to come to rest away from the sides or face of the bunker.