Club looks forward to annual prizegiving night in Girvan

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The year is rapidly passing us by and all members of the Girvan Golf Club will appreciate that Saturday 12th November will be the Annual Dinner and prizegiving. A menu of the delicious offerings from Maggie’s Pantry is available on the table below the dart board for choices to be made. A new club notice board will hopefully be mounted on the wall beside the entrance to the clubhouse in due course.

The Turnberry Golf Club Wednesday medal resulted in a win for Richard Devenish (10)75 on the Ailsa Course followed by Michael Brown (18)69, David Strachan (3)76 and Paul Jakeman (4)76 all on the Kintyre course.


Pressure is an important part of golf, Jack Nicklaus in 1977 stated ‘When you come down to the final holes some people find it very….. hard ……to breathe’. There are also the famous words of Lee Trevino ‘You don’t know what pressure is until you play for five bucks with only two in your pocket’.


You may have heard on a recent radio programme about the very first Open and one man’s efforts to have a pictorial record of the first drive.. The tale starts with Professor David Purdie learning from his grandfather that the Open was first played over Old Prestwick golf course back in 1860 comprising three rounds over a 12 hole course. He searched all the records but could not find a pictorial record of this great historical event and the professor thought that this should be corrected. He then approached several artists to commission a painting of the very first drive of the Open competition which was held at noon on the 17th. October 1860 showing everything in the exact detail of a photograph.

It was so complex that no artist would accept the commission until he approached Peter Munro who was not only a landscape artist but was also capable of painting portraits.

This was necessary as a lot of people present at that auspicious occasion could be recognised by their descendants and therefore the painting must be as accurate as any photograph.

The painting was to be of Old Tom Morris making the inaugural first drive of the tournament and to ensure its complete accuracy the picture had to show not only the exact position of where the drive was taken from but also to depict the correct weather as it was at noon on 17th. October 1860 , This would obviously include the length and direction of any shadows and also the level of the tide on the Firth of Clyde which would appear in the background.

A professor of astronomy at Edinburgh University was approached regarding not only the weather on that auspicious date, which was apparently windy with fitful sunshine, but also the angle of elevation of the sun so that the direction of the shadows and their length could be determined. The seascape in the background had also to be calculated from a newspaper report of where high water was at that precise time.

All this research had to be done before the artist could start work and the finished product can now be admired, not only as a work of art, but also for the tremendous attention to detail in providing a picture of the very first drive in the inaugural Open with everything exactly as it would have been had it been photographed.

Apparently the finished painting can be viewed on the computer under ‘Opening Drive’. Obviously Professor Purdie is a very keen golfer and he has to be appreciated and thanked for all his efforts in commissioning this painting of great historical significance.

Time passes and no matter how much we progress, it is important to remember how it all started.