On the Fairways

The late great Seve Ballesteros.
The late great Seve Ballesteros.

Well we are now officially into spring with the clocks changing to a better time.

Last week the Girvan Golf Club gents competed in the RNLI Stableford competition to not only to have their name on the large impressive trophy but to take home a magnificent small shield to keep in their trophy cabinet on a permanent basis. The winner this year was Graeme Andrews (10)38 points followed by Malcolm Swan (14)35, Stevie Johnston (5)34 and Willie McMeikan (0)33 points. This is a competition that Girvan Golf Club is proud to hold supporting the Girvan lifeboat and crew who are constantly available to respond to any request from anyone needing assistance at sea.

Last Saturday at Turnberry the gents section held their Spring Meeting which resulted in a win for Kirk Hutcheson (6)68 followed by Gordon Boyle (+1)70, B. Caplan (15)70, Colin McElwee (12)71, Billy McCulloch (0)71, Clive Douglas (2)72 and Mark McMillan (2)72. The Adam Wood Trophy for handicaps up to and including 11 went to Kirk Hutcheson, the John Grindlay Memorial Cup for handicaps over 11 went to B. Caplan.

The Turnberry Golf Club Gold Medal goes to the leading qualifier for the Club Championship and is awarded to the member with the lowest aggregate of two scratch scores from the 2014 Summer and Autumn meetings. This year the Gold Medal went to Gordon Boyle on 143, followed by Billy McCulloch 144 and Steven Stamper 145.

Congratulations to all the above competition winners, in fact well done to all who took part to make the trophies so very competitive with the weather behaving itself.

Monday 6th. April the first round of the David Logan competition was due to be held but had to be abandoned as the course was closed due to a haar or fog which covered the course creating a first for the course being closed due to this type of weather

The Turnberry Golf Club’s annual general meeting was held on Saturday 28th. March 2015 at which Clive Douglas was voted in as Captain with Peter Rae Vice-Captain, Tom Paterson -Secretary and Dominic Booth - Assistant Secretary. J. Andrew, D. Courtney, D. Johnston, J. Nicol and K. Ross were elected on to the Committee. Thanks were expressed of the excellent two years in office by past Captain Douglas Holmes who had to deal with the difficult situation affecting the Club on the arrival of Donald Trump.


‘Going to Britain is like camping out’ a quote by Sam Snead on playing in the Open Championship in the immediate post war years. Sam’s first view of St. Andrews was that he had arrived at the practice ground and where was the course.

Seve Ballesteros was asked to comment on the difference between the American Tour and the European Tour.’ ‘More money, otherwise no difference. Birdie the same, par the same, bogey the same and out of bounds the same’. Good old Seve, he had it all down to the basics with no frills..


Everybody seems to have Trumpmania, the man has only to open his mouth and everyone jumps to attention, particularly the press. It is all a ploy to attract attention whilst at the same time surrounding himself with very competent people. We make a point of passing by Turnberry to see what the latest developments are and wonder when the money supply will dry up. Still Turnberry for some time now has needed a saviour with plenty of money to restore it to its former glory, but that is the predominant thought as we do not wish to see a course that has provided golfers of all abilities an enjoyable challenge, being totally changed out of all recognition. Some of us remember it when it was re-instated just after the second world war.

The Masters will soon be upon us and I have a thought that Irishman Shane Lowry will do well. I have seen him on TV and his chipping and putting put him up among the winners. The powers that be in golf seem oblivious to restricting the distance top professionals can strike the ball, and keep trying to make courses longer, rather than restrict the distances a ball can be struck. After all, golf is an art and to be able to chip and putt well must be far more skilled than the distance you can belt a ball. Go back to the golf champions of yesteryear and you will see that with the equipment available to them it was not the distance a ball can be struck which won them championships, but the ability to keep golf balls of limited quality on the fairway and then create the perfect chip and putt. Think about it but remember to go out and enjoy your game and be thankful that you do not have to play with a gutta-percha ball.

*FOOTBALL. I have kept my report on Ayr’s progress until this week as I felt that they would give Stranraer a fright down in Stranraer. I travelled down in that hope and felt that Ayr played well enough to at least deserve a draw as they had a lot more shots on goal than Stranraer did. A great pity Ayr had to lose but it was nice to see Martyn Campbell putting in a full 90 minute shift and playing well. This coming week Ayr host Peterhead and we look for a good result, so be there and give them your support.