December medal for Girvan gents

The gents section of Girvan Golf Club competed for the December medal on Sunday.

Tam Scobie was the winner on 40 points followed by Bernie Mills 38, David Inglis 38, Robert McMaster 37, Martin Lothian and Ken Smith on 36 points with Jack Galloway and Richard McEvoy both on 35 points.

This medal coincided with the final of the ‘Four Seasons’ cup donated in 1992 by Jim Lafferty for the gents who play in the regular sweep throughout the year. Points are won each match and at the end of the season the one with the most points picks up this very attractive trophy.

The winner this year was Bernie Mills followed by Jim Lafferty, Alan Gaff and Jack Galloway.

All Girvan gents are advised that on 15th. December, weather permitting, the Club will hold the Christmas competition whereby the entry monies go towards bottles of spirit to liven up Christmas for the successful entrants. Now you have been warned.

Members of Girvan Golf Club are advised that the date of the annual general meeting will be held on Sunday 19th January at 6.30 for 7pm.

This is an important meeting for club members who have a chance to vote on a number of issues including perhaps the possibility of having to raise the subscription for next year.

Meanwhile over at Turnberry in the Saturday medal D. Carr came in with the best score of (7)71 followed by Steven Stamper (+1)72, Gordon Boyle (+1) 73 and Paul Ferguson (1)73. All good scores from low handicappers.


Francis Ouimet the unexpected winner of the US Open in 1913, yes, one hundred years ago stated ‘On top of my interest in the game itself, I took a tremendous interest in the clubs and balls, particularly the latter.

I had seen many changes in the golf ball, and I believe the great development in the game of golf is directly attributable to the wonderful strides made by the manufacturers in perfecting the ball and making the game a more pleasant one to play.’

I wonder what Francis Ouimet would say if he could see what the tremendous advance in the golf ball has caused to many golf courses. Mind you on a personal note I would say that at my level the game is so much more pleasant with modern balls as I do not have to spend so much time in the rough.


I was delighted to watch a game of football that went from end to end in such an exciting manner.

The Ayr United Dunfermline Athletic cup tie last Saturday was such a game and deservedly finished in a draw one goal each.

The play was fast and furious with a good referee who allowed the game to flow which made it all the more pleasant to watch.

Well done to all involved although Jim Jefferies gave the impression that he was not too happy with his team and harangued them throughout the match.

More advice from that golfing handbook. ‘How to relax when you are hitting three off the tee, and even more appropriate how to keep your head when hitting five off the tee. A few witty golfing terms ‘A Gerry Adams’ playing a provisional from the tee, ‘A Kate Winslett’ a bit flat but otherwise perfect. More next week.

With Christmas rushing down on us we must think of what to get to keep our loved ones happy.

Now what would the fanatical golfer really appreciate to find in his stocking. A putter that guarantees to sink every putt.

No good because you would lose interest in a game that is as easy as that A driver that hits the ball immense distances, no good because you could lose sight of it and no doubt the harder you hit it the further it would go into the rough, whins or trees.

A golf ball which never veers off course but yet again that would make the game boring.

It is a puzzle as what to get, perhaps a time machine or a tardis that can whisk the golfer back one hundred years to when the equipment was such as to make every shot a challenge requiring skill.

That of course may be too much for our golfer, so keep to the basics and encourage him/her to go out and enjoy a game of golf with the equipment he already has. It is also much cheaper.