Dave takes the Linton trophy

As I sit here typing this report the rain is “stoating” down relentlessly, so no golf today. However last Sunday the Girvan members turned out in force to play for the Walter Linton Trophy in memory of a fine dentist who combined his talents with being a champion golfer. However on a glorious day the winner was Dave Hill (18)59 followed by Jim Lafferty (10)62, Dougie Hamilton (9)63 and Robert Oliphant (10)63.

This coming Sunday 2nd. June will be the Ford McCartney Trophy in memory of a very keen Girvan golfer whilst the Girvan ladies play for the Craig Trophy tonight, Wednesday 29th. May.

Girvan golfers are advised that the T.&.H. McCrindle Greensome competition will be played on Sunday 16th June. This is a trophy put up by Tom and Hugh McCrindle who also provide prizes from their shop in Ayr. There is also the added advantage of Tom’s wife Catharine presenting the trophy and prizes. I have always mentioned that Girvan Golf Club is fortunate in sponsors such as Tom and Hugh McCrindle for their support


Edward Topham back in 1776 in ‘Letters From Edinburgh’ was obviously writing to someone outwith Scotland when he stated ‘The youths in this country are very manly in their exercises and amusements. Strength and agility seems to attract most of their attention. The insignificant pastimes of marble, tops, etc they are totally unacquainted with. The diversion which is peculiar to Scotland, and in which all ages find most pleasure, is golf. The art consists in striking the ball with an instrument into a hole in the ground, in a smaller number of strokes than your adversary. This game has the superiority of cricket and tennis, in being less violent and dangerous; but in point of dexterity and amusement, by no means to be compared with them. However I am informed that some skill and nicety are necessary to strike the ball to the proposed distance and no further, and that in this there is a considerable difference in players. It requires no great exertion and strength, and all ranks and ages play at it. They instruct their children in it, as soon as they can run alone, and grey hairs boast their execution’. Whew! If you can understand the phraseology of the 1700s you will appreciate that the receiver of the letter would no doubt be keen to travel to Scotland to try out this new pastime.


There is an old saying that ‘Many a good tune can be played on an old fiddle’ and George Brown of Turnberry has gone out of his way to prove it. George until he retired was the Turnberry Golf Course and Estates Manager and now is a member of the Turnberry Golf Club playing in the various Club competitions. On Tuesday 14th May, playing in the Dr. Scade Trophy which is competed for annually by the Club’s golden oldies, George scored a hole in one with a four iron on the 6th hole of the Kintyre Course. Not to be outdone by that, George last Saturday in a medal over the Ailsa Course aced the 11th hole with a six iron. Now I do know that Turnberry give a nice little certificate for holes in one but if he so wishes George can also apply to a London outfitters for the King Hole-in-One tie, the King being for someone who has achieved more than one ace and comes with a crown over the hole- in- one symbol. George has had nine holes-in-one, two at Sandwich in Kent and seven at Turnberry so he is no stranger to the achievement. So well done George as many good and successful golfers go through life without ever achieving an Ace.

Now these latest holes-in-one are no mean feat for George, who as you well know is not in the first flush of youth and has, like myself, had a knee replacement. A new knee makes it difficult in getting physically out of Turnberry’s deeply revetted at the front and back bunkers particularly when stepping out of soft sand.

Last Saturday two of Turnberry’s professionals in the guise of Michael Sweeny and Adam Young provided a clinic for Club members on how to get a ball out of a steeply revetted bunker. It appeared so easy, even when I challenged them to a ‘poached egg’ which is where the ball is deeply bedded in the sand with only the top showing they both had no difficulty in getting the ball up and onto the green. Then came the Club members turn and we all had a go, and I can assure you that it was not as easy as it looked. I eventually remembered to accelerate through the ball getting it out of the sand and onto the green. Success at last but then I had to get myself out of the bunker. I learned from the clinic that in the bunker shots, in fact in all chip shots you must accelerate through the ball. Try it and see how well you do.