A good golfing day

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Well last Thursday proved a good golfing day and even though confined to the first eight holes at Girvan, it was a real pleasure to be out on the course getting rid of all the stiffness accumulated by standing in the clubhouse looking out at the rain.

However the rain was too much for the Girvan gents February medal last Sunday and it has been postponed to this coming Sunday 9th. February, weather permitting.

The Harry Steel Eclectic will now be played on Sunday 16th and Sunday 23rd. February with the third round being played on Saturday 1st. March.

The Girvan Golf Club Subscription Secretary Bernie Mills will be in the Girvan clubhouse from 11.30 am. to 12 noon this coming Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th. February to collect subscriptions.


Surprisingly, top lady golfer the well known Laura Davies is quoted as saying ‘I guess I am not a professional’s professional.

I think I’d rather go to the dentist than play a practice round’..

Nancy Lopez a top American lady golfer once commented ‘If Laura Davies used a driver off the tee and kept it on the fairway, the rest of us would be playing for second most of the time.’


The weather has been playing havoc with all sport lately, the Girvan junior cup tie was called off yet again last Saturday.

However Ayr managed their game against Arbroath coming away with a satisfactory win 3 goals to 2. Considering that Ayr were three goals up at one time it was quite a relief when the final whistle went.

The Arbroath ground is right next to the shore and an easterly wind can make life uncomfortable not only for the players but also for the spectators.

When I was young all the ladies clubs seemed to be designed by Jessie Valentine and it is interesting to note what this lady achieved in her lifetime.

‘Wee Jessie’ as she was known due to her size was a giant in women’s amateur golfing circles dominating the scene which was interrupted by the Second World War.

Jessie won the British Ladies three times, the Scottish Ladies six times and was the first woman to be honoured for her services to golf with an MBE. At the age of forty five Jessie gave up her amateur status to take over her father’s sports business concentrating on designing golf equipment for ladies. In 2002 she was an inaugural member of the Scottish Sport Hall of Fame and after she died in 2006 aged 91, Craigie Hill Golf Club, of which she had been a lifelong member, stated that ‘Jessie’s achievements were only exceeded by her modesty and friendliness.’

Obviously not only a charming lady but also a very strong competitor.

A wee story told at a business dinner ‘The proper score for a businessman is 90. If he is better than that he is neglecting his business. If he is worse he is neglecting his golf’.

Just a thought to keep you in the right frame of mind for your next round of golf, enjoy it nevertheless and do not worry about the business.