Club championships played at Carrick courses

Well it is the time of year for golf club championships to be held as the weather is supposed to be good.

I understand that the Turnberry ladies championship was in terrible weather, but as I explained to the eventual winner, who complained about the soaking she got, it is fortunate that skin is still waterproof. The Turnberry gents championship resulted in Steven Stamper becoming Club Champion by beating Gordon Boyle 10/9 over the two rounds. In the second class championship Alan Forbes, yes Alan Forbes I did not make a mistake dusted off his trusty ancient golf clubs to beat Colin McElwee 2/1 to become, I believe, the oldest second class champion at the Turnberry Club. I may be wrong, so I stand to be corrected. However congratulations to Steven Stamper and Alan Forbes for rising to the occasion plus well done to all who took part. You have to qualify for the Turnberry championships, with all the qualifiers then competing in match play to find the eventual winners.

In the first round of the Colin Clark Trophy David Nelson came in with (5)75 followed by Kevin Doyle (11)77 and Gordon Boyle (0)77 who also had the lowest gross score.

The Turnberry summer meeting was held on 3rd. July which resulted in Ian Hutchieson (12)71 and Hugh Devine (5)71 coming in as joint winners. However in this event two trophies are competed for with Hugh Devine winning the Ailsa Challenge Cup for handicaps up to and including 11 followed by John Wood (6)72 and Darwin Johnstone (3)72. In the Weir Trophy for handicaps of 12 and over the winner was Ian Hutchieson followed by Sam McKay (19)73 and Craig Stevenson (121)76. Steven Stamper on 74 had the lowest gross score..

On the 5th February the Turnberry juniors played a medal with Mackenzie Strachan coming in with the winning score of (24)64 followed by Max Barclay (21)65, and David Oliphant (13)77. Daniel Long (16)66

In the Turnberry Saturday medal on 25th June Peter Keenan came in with the winning score of (2)71 followed by Sean Keane (21)67 with Darwin Johnston and Paul Ferguson tying on nett 72. Peter Keenan and Paul Ferguson had jointly the lowest gross score of the round of 73.


Ben Hogan mentioned ‘Golf is not a game of good shots. It’s a game of bad shots’ I can very much appreciate that, but I must confess that I prefer to only remember the good shots.


The Philadelphia Times back in 1889 offered its readers a simple guide to the game of golf. ‘At the beginning of play each player places his ball at the edge of a hole which has been designated as a starting point. When the word is given to start he bats the ball as accurately as possible towards the next hole which is either 100 or 500 yards distant.

As soon as it is started in the air he runs forward in the direction the ball has taken, and his servant, who is called a caddy runs after him with all the other nine tools in his arms. If the player is expert or lucky he bats the ball so that it falls within a few feet or inches even of the next hole in the circle. His purpose is to put the ball in the next hole, spoon it out and drive forward to the next further one before his opponent can accomplish the same end’.

Phew! It all seems so simple, the running between shots may be coming back into contention as the R&A are concerned about the speed of play.

I like the reference to a caddy carrying nine other tools in his arms. The things we find out about golf once we start trawling through its history. With regard to the putting problem which a lot of us suffer from, the refurbished Turnberry Academy has a putting ‘gizmo’ which can spot and advise you of all the mistakes you are making when you putt. However as per normal none of the professionals out there would guarantee that in future you would sink every putt or even that there will be any improvement in your putting. All I can say is ‘thank goodness’ I would hate to think that all the skill is being taken out of the game.