First round of sweepstake approaching

Into September already which means that the George Sprunt Memorial Invitation Sweepstake is approaching.

Well the first round is played this Sunday 8 September and the line up is as follows: 9am. K. Nicolson, A. Wilson, R. McLeish SNR. 9.08 W. Smith, W. Arnott, D. Bye. 9.16. M. White, D. Hamilton, R. Hutchinson. 9.24 R. McMaster, J. Roberts, G. Andrew. 9.32 J. Lafferty, C. McDonald, J. Wilson. 9.40 S. White, D Strachan, G. Davey. 9.48 A. McDowall, Jam. Brown, W. Friery. 956 J.D. Crawford, W. Hewitson, J. Fyfe Snr. 10.04 D. Heron, J. McCrindle, J. Pringle. 10.12 A. Dunlop, M. Cochrane, J. Wallace. 10.20 W. McClymont, J. McVittie, R. McLeish JNR. 10.28. R. Pringle, J. Cooper, J. Nicol. 10.36. S. Stamper, B. McCulloch, S. Kirk. 10.44 T. Scobie, J. Fyfe JNR. 10.52 G. Macintosh, W. Robb, K. Catling. 11.00 K. Hamilton, G. Stewart, G. Bryden. 11.08. A. Gaff, R. Scott, W. McMeikan. 11.16. G. Wilson, D. Ferguson, G. Milligan. 11.24. J. Bryden. C. Fleming, G. Cunningham. 11.32. P. McKay, .A. Forbes, D. Logan. 11.40. P. McCloy, I. Brown, P. Norris.. 11.48 S. Simpson, A. Boyd, I. Stewart, 11.56. D. Taylor, M. Kennedy. 12.04. P. Zonfrillo. D. Courtney, J. Mills, 12.12. A. Bush, P. Hopkins, J. Cameron.

Remember you are playing off the medal tees, every competitor must hold a current S.G.U. handicap, please check and sign your card which must be placed in the box in the clubhouse before 30 minutes after completion of the final game. All non-season ticket holders please pay the green fee before playing and any disputes queries etc. should be referred to the Committee whose decision will be final. But most important of all, go out there and enjoy yourself.

The Girvan ladies played for their past Captain’s Prize last Friday in blustery, windy conditions and bearing in mind that some of the ladies have been round the course many many times over many years, only fourteen holes were played saving tired legs climbing up and down the hilly part of the course. However despite all this Catharine McCrindle came in to win with an excellent score of 31 Stableford points followed by Anne Smith, who now stays in Stranraer, on 29 points having a better inward five than Veronica Hamilton also on 29 points. Roz McCulloch came next with 28 points.

Congratulations to all who played particularly Nan McDonald, still young at heart, despite being the oldest past captain to compete and who did not let the conditions get the better of her. After the competition the ladies settled down to an excellent meal in the clubhouse where they were joined by past captains May Connor, Betty Girvan and Margaret Crawford. There you are, a very enjoyable, sociable outing for the ladies, which is what golf is all about.

The present Girvan Golf Club gents Vice-Captain Gregor Macintosh when not playing golf is a green keeper at Turnberry. Well Gregor has taken up the opportunity to go to Australia to enhance his green keeping expertise by working on the Royal Melbourne course which is one of the top golf courses in Australia and is considered very highly in world terms. Gregor will be there for five months after which he will come back with a bump to carry on as Girvan Golf Club Vice-Captain. The members of Girvan Golf Club are delighted at Gregor’s good fortune and he goes with their very best wishes hoping that he will also find time to enjoy himself.

Ros McGarva led a team of Girvan Probus golfers to take on the might of Ayr Probus over the Seafield course. The weather threatened for a while but eventually turned out fine. However that did not help the Girvan golfer who were well beaten by 3 ½ games to 1 ½. Afterwards an excellent lunch was enjoyed in the Savoy Court where all the good shots were discussed and the bad shots lamented upon. Ah well! That is sociable golf and everyone went home happy.


Dan Jenkins an American golf writer on the art of golf. ‘The golfer has more enemies than any other athlete. He has 14 clubs in his bag , all of them different: 18 holes to play, all of them different, and all around him are usually sand, trees, grass, wind and up to 143 other players. In addition, the game is 50% mental, so his biggest enemy is himself.’

Think about it, there is a lot of truth in what he wrote but do not let it put you off.


Well last Saturday’s match against the Airdrieonians was like a victory for Ayr. Two players sent off, a mass of yellow cards every time an Airdrie player fell over and a penalty. Ayr played for the best part of 30 minutes with only nine men and worked their socks off to hold the Airdrieonians to a draw 2-2. In fact there were two occasions when Ayr could have won the game but tired legs let them down. They thoroughly deserved the standing ovation they received at the final whistle.

I recently read a golfer’s impression of what he thinks of the driving range. ‘For me the driving range is not so much a place to practice as a bolt hole; somewhere I can exit the chaotic world of work, child rearing and home improvements and enjoy some alone time’. All very well but whilst you are there consider it not the place to just lash out with the driver as hard as you can to eke out your frustrations on life, but more of a place to improve your iron shots particularly the chips on to the green.

Most golfers seem to just want the satisfaction of driving the ball as hard as they can in the knowledge that in most cases they do not have to retrieve them particularly those from the wild slices. But it is also nice to practice those difficult short chips over a bunker on to the green. Enjoy your golf on the golf course as that is where you can use all those shots you have practiced on the range.