Girvan golfers beat the weather

Well the weather has not been in favour of the golfer and many have found their golf restricted to the driving range at Turnberry

But even that has its difficulties when the wind comes from the north.

However with the wind howling, the waves roaring, and with rain, hail and sleet threatening 12 members of the Girvan Golf Club ventured forth to play in the final medal of 2014.

They actually finished the full 18 holes with Jack Galloway (9) 33 Stableford points coming in to win followed by Martin Lothian, also on (9)33 points but beaten by Jack having a better last six holes. Martin was followed by Alan Gaff (5)31 and Jim Lafferty (10)29 points.

The Girvan boys have a regular sweepstake competition and play for an annual trophy for the player with the best scores over the year.

It is known as the Four Seasons Trophy and for 2014 was picked up by Jack Galloway followed by Martin Lothian who only managed to beat James Baillie on the last round.


Nancy Lopez on how she won the 1981 Dinah Shore competition, ‘The caddies wanted to raise cash to buy softball equipment to help pass the long hours on tour.

I told them, ‘Well guys, If I win the Dinah Shore, I’ll buy your equipment, now you know what to do to your players let me win the tournament’. In the end I guess I didn’t need their help’ all said by Nancy in a humorous mood.

Dave Hill a former US Ryder Cup player. ‘My game is so bad I gotta hire three caddies-one to walk down the left rough, one for the right rough and one down the middle, and the one in the middle does’nt have much to do’. Very understandable, we all have had days like that.


Christmas is coming and it is the season of goodwill to all, but I always feel that it is really a time to enjoy with the young ones.

I believe in Santa Claus as being the spirit of giving presents to those you love and to see the delight on the faces of the youngsters as they open their stockings is wonderful. Now what can they find in there, an orange wrapped in silver paper was a real treat during the last war but these days it could be a tube of golf balls just waiting to be hit. For the more mature golfer I can recommend the DVD ‘The legend of Bagger Vance’ or if you can get hold of it the DVD of golf lessons by Bobby Jones which may relate to the 1930s but still applies today.

I see that ‘National Club Golfer’ magazine has got together 24 golfers to consider the best 100 links courses in Great Britain and Ireland and rank them in order of their preference.

Number one is the Royal County Down a course very similar in my mind to the Ailsa at Turnberry and a good choice but I am biased and would always put Turnberry Ailsa first and Turnberry Kintyre second. The Turnberry Ailsa course actually comes in fourth with the Old Course St. Andrews at seventh, Royal Dornoch ninth, Royal Troon 18th and Old Prestwick 22nd. I notice Donald Trump’s ‘Trump International’ at Aberdeen came 32nd and I understand from those that have played the course thought that it perhaps deserves a higher rating.

All the drainage work on the inland part of the Girvan course has been very worthwhile as with all the rain we have had there is very little water lying about. Ah well, hopefully the weather will improve to enable the Girvan Boxing Day competition and the New Year Cup to take place.