Whew it is warm, all those complaints about how cold May was have melted with the current heat, and yes it is I, Bill Tait writing this article which seems to have become overlooked these days.

It also seems to be the time of year for holes-in-one, with George Brown recently scoring two in the one week we now have Kenny Nicolson scoring one at the 10th hole on the Girvan course on the 5th June with a nine iron. Well done Kenny it must be worth all those practice balls you drive into the North Sea from your oil platform when you are supposed to be at work.

Last Friday in the Andy Hay trophy a number of Girvan members proved that five clubs are all that is necessary to have a good score. The following gentlemen came in with the same nett score but they have been arranged in order by virtue of the better inward half. Paul Brown was adjudged the winner on (13)62 followed by Hugh Boyd (13)62, Gary Hilliard (16)62, Kyle Catling (6)62 and Jim Lafferty (10)64. Kyle Catling had the best scratch score of the round with a gross 68 so he certainly only needs five clubs in future..

The Girvan ladies hold their first round of the Championship on Wednesday 12th June followed by the second round on Thursday 13th. with the final round on Wednesday 19th June. Good luck ladies I hope you have good weather conditions.

Monday 17th June will be the first round of the Girvan gents Championship to be followed on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday by the second third and fourth rounds. All first class competitors have to submit their names to play in the ballot unless they have been given prior permission to play outwith the ballot and that only applies to the first three rounds. Second class competitors may play outwith the ballot apart from the leaders on the final night.

Last Sunday Turnberry Golf Club lady and gents members turned out to play in the ‘Tait Salver’ which I have always hoped to win but although coming close on a few occasions have failed at the last hurdle. The competition was won by Eileen Appleyard accompanied by Billy McCulloch and I had the honour and pleasure of presenting them with the Salver. The competition was followed by a very good lunch in the clubhouse which I always feel is the civilized way to play sociable golf. The event was well organised by the Turnberry Lady Captain Lynda Henderson with the support of other lady members. The ladies always seem to have a knack of doing these things well no matter what Club they are representing.

Turnberry staff have their own golf club properly registered with the SGU in which competitions are played to accommodate golfers at all levels. Last Tuesday they played a medal over the Ailsa course and the rough caught many of them out with a lot of nil returns. No doubt the rough will be considerably dealt with before the next staff competition as many of the green staff found themselves in trouble. However despite the rough Peter Doig was the overall winner on (19)70 with Willie McMeikan runner-up on (1)77. As I have already mentioned all levels of golf are catered for and Division 1 was won by Kenny MacAskill (2)77, Division 2 John Dunlop (10)79, no-one in Division 3 completed the course whilst in Division 4 Jessica Podolsky won on (36)78. On Saturday I played a few holes around the Arran course behind Jessica and found myself very much admiring her smooth, easy swing without realizing who she was. I can only warn the caddymaster that if he wishes to keep ahead of this young lady he will have to greatly improve his game.


Tommy Armour the 1931 Open Champion stated ‘In other games you get another chance. In baseball you get three cracks at it; in tennis you lose only one point. But in golf the loss of one shot has been responsible for the loss of heart’ Tommy obviously was well before my time as if he ever saw my game he would appreciate that I have only one heart and could lose it a number of times during a round.

The famous writer P.G. Wodehouse once reflected on a player he knew ‘The least thing upset him on the links. He missed short putts because of the uproar of the butterflies in an adjoining meadow.’ Now you see what I mean, blame anything else but your golf otherwise you will lose heart.


Surprise, surprise Scotland have won an international football match against a very strong Croatian team. We have read a lot about it in the press so there is no need for me to mention it any further other than to say that I hope they do as well in August by beating England.

I wonder how long it will be before someone cries out for rain, not by me at least, as I find that being flattered by the distance the ball runs on dry, hard grounds is good for my ego.

A couple of little bits of golfing trivia to consider while you are waiting for the four ball in front to get a move on. The first golf tournament for women was organized by the Musselburgh Golf Club on 9th. January 1811 for the local fishwives. The prizes were a creel, a shawl and two Barcelona handkerchiefs.. Well there you are, these days they would perhaps receive a bottle or two of Barcelona wine.

For many years, in fact until quite recently golf professionals were often required to combine the duties of teaching golf, repairing and maintaining clubs with that of being a green keeper. Well who better to say how greens should be maintained than those who earn a living playing on them. So you can see they were kept very busy. It is recorded that The Edinburgh Burgess Golfing Society formed in 1773 were the first to hire a part time golf professional in 1774 who combined all the above duties. I do not know the gentleman’s name, but bear in mind that this was long before Old Tom Morris et al.

I wonder if I will ever see any of the Turnberry professionals behind a roller and I also wonder if their golfing qualifications include anything on green maintenance? Just a thought, but I do appreciate that they are very good golfers and impart their expertise to the punters with considerable skill. It all helps us to enjoy our game of golf.