Club golfers take advantage of the good weather

The Girvan golfers certainly took advantage of the recent good weather as on the 1st May.

The competition for the the May Medal was won by Tam McFeely (13)61 followed by James Baillie (10)63, Willie McMeikan (0)63 and Robert McMaster (4)63. Willie McMeikan had the lowest gross score of the round.

The Girvan Golf Club’s gents played in the first round of the Swee Competition on Friday 6th May with Paul McCluskey leading the field on nett 60 followed by David Clark 64, Allan Clark 65 with Scott Simpson, Henry McMaster and Robert McCluskey all on nett 67. The second round will be on the coming Friday. In the Bob Tait trophy held on Sunday 8th. May, Graeme Andrew came in with the winning score of (7)62 by virtue of a better inward half than Stuart White (2) 62 who was followed by Willie McMeikan (0)63, Jason Roberts (9)64, Robert McMaster (4)65, and Gregor Mackintosh (4)65. Willie McMeikan had the lowest gross score of the round.

Girvan members are advised that during the refurbishment of the clubhouse entry forms for all competitions including the Doig and Glendoune Trophies will be placed on the table next to the side entry door below the dartboard in the bar.

Over at Turnberry in the Saturday Medal played on 30th April Harry Cowan Jr. came in with the winning score of (18)68 followed by Gerry Donaldson (9)69, Paul Ferguson (1) 69 with Duncan Kerr and Neil Young both on nett 71. Paul Ferguson had the lowest gross score.


Bernard Darwin a well known golf writer never wrote a truer word than the following ‘It is this constant and undying hope for improvement that makes golf so exquisitely worth the playing’.

Sam Snead ‘Over the years I have studied the habits of golfers. I know what to look for. Study their eyes, fear shows up when there is an enlargement of the pupils. Big pupils lead to big scores’ So there you are just make a point of staring into their eyes on the first tee.


Putting has always been a hit or miss affair with me. I just pray that every time I putt the ball finishes near enough to the hole to be sure of the next one, and even that sometimes cannot be guaranteed. There are so many thoughts running through your mind as you stand over the putt. Does it break left or right? Is it down hill all the way or is there an upward curve before the hole? How hard should I hit it? Well reading Ken Brown’s book ‘ONE PUTT’ you come across another problem. When they last mowed the green which way did they cut it? If the mower was mowing towards the hole from your ball then the grass is flattened in the direction the mower was travelling. Therefore the ball will run faster than if putting from the opposite direction, as of course if you are putting against the flattened grass it will run slower. Just a thought to put into your minds when you next stand over a putt. However if you want my advice just let your mind go blank, do not think of the myriad of problems that you could face, and strike the ball firmly at the hole. If you miss do not blame me, blame the green keeper for mowing the wrong way.

Putting is a strange part of the game as one day you cannot miss the next you cannot sink one. A golf magazine advertises a ‘Heavenly Hybrid Putter’ which guarantees you will never ever three putt again. There is a lady at Turnberry who says that she never three putts, quite a boast which I might take up one day as a challenge.