Busy week for Girvan competitions

Well the weather has been varied, warm sunshine and out comes the summer clothes only to have wind and hail bringing back the winter ones.

However the Girvan Ladies are tough, the weather does not put them off, and they have played the May medal which resulted in a win for Cath Ramsay with Roz McCulloch coming in runner-up. In the Handicap Trophy Veronica Hamilton came in with the winning score to be followed by Wilma McDade.

The Girvan gents competed for the Alex Thomson trophies in memory of a very fine golfer who also had a draper’s shop in the town. George Coombe steered himself around the course in (20)63 to win followed by Graeme Andrew (9)63, David Hill (15)65 and James Baillie (10)65.Robert McMaster came in with a gross score of 72 to win the scratch prize.

Over at Turnberry in the Dr. Scade Memorial cup for members over 50 years of age David McCubbin came in to win with (21)72 followed by Douglas Edgar (24)73, Ian Rorison (5)74 and Roddy Gaedner (10)74 with John Broadfoot having the best gross score of the day on 79. Dr. Scade was a very dapper gentleman who was not only a good golfer but looked after the health of Girvan folk for many years.

The Wednesday Medal brought in Ian Ivory with a winning score of (9)68 followed by Billy McCulloch (+1)71, Tom Joyce (7)71 and Steven Stamper also on (+1)71.


Jim Murray on Sam Snead ‘’His idea of charity is that it begins-and ends- at home’. Quite right too as these days we are constantly being pressed for funds

Tony Lema ‘Let’s see, I think right now, I’m third in money-winning but first in money spending’.


I was playing last Saturday with a newspaper reporter and sadly I did not play well losing two good golf balls.

Apart from Thursday I had not lost a ball for some time and confidently took out a nearly new quality ball only to put it into areas where you require a gun license to venture. I did this not only once but twice and had to take out an old tatty ball to make sure that I kept it in play.

You never seem to lose old tatty balls. Ah well! I suppose that being under press surveillance is no excuse, but I did wonder at the fact that my putting was vastly improved despite everything else being in tatters. . If only I could combine the two parts of my game I may win a few more games.

But that is what golf is all about, booming drives down the middle, sinking a long putt, all amidst beautiful scenery. But we also have the pleasure of watching professionals making it look so easy and whilst we feel sorry for them when they make a terrible blunder, we also manage to derive some sinister pleasure when a seasoned professional screws up. It is just knowing that this wonderful game of ours can humble even the best players, and consoles us when we drive a ball into no-man’s land. The Germans call it ‘schadenfruede’ which means taking pleasure from the misfortune of others.

Consider the problems of Al Chandler in the 1986 Senior Players Championship in America. Coming up the 15th. hole his ball landed very close to an oak. It would be preferable to catch the ball cleanly and avoid hitting the tree, but a full swing could perhaps catch a root which may result in serious injury of wrist or hand. After considerable discussion with his caddy Chandler selected his club, addressed the ball and took a swift swing missing it completely. After stepping back to compose himself, he carefully re-addressed the ball, and yes, he missed it again. However on his third attempt he did manage contact with the ball to enable him to continue with the round. But his problems did not end there as with his putt a few inches from the hole he leaned forward to prod it in, and yes, he missed yet again. I do not know what his final score was, but when a seasoned professional golfer can have three missed shots on a single hole I can not be too disappointed to have the occasional (ahem)three putts on a hole. However when I do I will have Al Chandler’s exploits firmly in mind.

So you can appreciate that we all have our golfing problems, without which we would not find the game so challenging and perhaps enjoyable.