First matchplay trophy of season won at Girvan

Another week of very mixed weather but no doubt a lot of golf has been played.

The Girvan Golf Club gents Glendoune Trophy was won by Jim Fyfe and Dougie Hamilton beating James Baillie and Garry Hilliard in the final. So that is one of the match play trophies finished and congratulations go to all who competed.

Over at Turnberry in the Wednesday medal played on 14th. September Justin Horne came in to win with (7)66 followed by John Broadfoot (5)67, James Byers (6)68 and Jack Galloway (12)72.

GEORGE SPRUNT MEMORIAL INVITATION SWEEPSTAKE. The first round of this tournament will be played on 2nd October with the following tee times. 08.00 W. Allan, B. Mills, R. McCluskey, 08.08 S. White, S. Hamilton, R. Pringle, 08.16 G. Stewart, S. Simpson, J. McCluskey, 08.24 J. Duncan, P. McCluskey, D. Heron, 8.32 H. Ward, W. Smith, W. Arnott. 8.40 P. Miller, B. Hughes, G. Sargant, 8.48 R. Smith, G. Campbell, G. Boyle, 8.56 A Macfarlane, R. Dickie, C. Campbell, 9.04 A Macfarlane, H. Dunlop, T. Scobie, 9.12 R. Cronie, W. Hewitson, M. Craig, 9.20 G. Morgan, M. Campbell, N. Taylor, 9.28 R. McLeish, L. McAllin, C. Savage. 9.36 J. Rae, sponsor, sponsor, 9.44 H. Mitchell, D. Clark, A. Copland. 9.52. W. McCluskey, W. Murray, G. Ross, 10.00 J. Lafferty, C. Ingram, A. Bush, 10.08 T. McFeeley, M. Ingram, G. Milligan, 10.16 P. Morrison, F. Reid, R. Galloway, 10.24 A. Napier, W. McClymont, D. Bye. 10.32 G. Neil, A. Forbes, D. Logan, 10.40 J. Cameron, D. Lavery, R. McEvoy. 10.48 J. Wilson, T. Stewart, G. Hilliard,. 10.56 M. Lothian, J. Fyfe Jnr. W. Pitt. 11.04 R. Aird, S. Hunter, L. Ross. 11.12 A Brownlee., B. Jamieson, D. Gordon. 11.20 and. 11.28 for sponsors. Names and times may be subject to change should they become necessary. This is a very popular tournament and in order to keep it running efficiently please ensure to sign and check your card before placing it in the box in the clubhouse, the deadline for this being 30 minutes after the final game. All non-season ticket holders must pay the required green fee before play and every competitor must hold a current SGU handicap for the year 2016 with the maximum for the competition being 18. Any disputes, queries etc. should be referred to the Committee whose decision will be final. The most important fact of all is to enjoy your game in good company not bothering about the weather.


Whilst Mark Twain is known to have said ‘Golf is a good walk spoiled’ , Seve Ballesteros put it into context by saying ‘This game is great, and very strange’. He obviously enjoyed his good walk.


A visit to the Turnberry Lighthouse/halfway house is well recommended, the view is spectacular and unless you are actually playing the Ailsa course the egg timer will not be put into operation and you will not have to rush your refreshments or visit. It is as fine a golf halfway house as you will ever come across with all you may require no matter whether you are playing golf or just out for a walk. Remember to admire what is left of Robert the Bruce’s castle and consider the importance to Scottish history it represents. It is considered the birthplace of Robert but (shh!) in fact his mother was on her way to Baltersan Castle when she was diverted to the vestry at Crossraguel Abbey where the birth actually took place. But Turnberry Castle has always been attributed as the birthplace of the future king and who am I to question it. Just imagine if young Robert had had the inclination to play golf, he was certainly in the right place.