Girvan members out in force for Cockburn Medal

The weather may be sunny but still very cold. However last Sunday turned out to be a very nice day and Girvan members came out in force to compete for the oldest trophy in the Club’s treasure chest, the Cockburn Medal.

David Mackintyre (12)58 came in with the winning score followed by Robert McMaster (5)60, Stuart White (2)62, with Graeme Andrew, Andy MacFarlane, Nat Taylor and John McDowall all on nett 64.

Congratulations to David Mackintyre who will have his name recorded among the many names already engraved on this trophy. Stuart White had the lowest gross score of the round.

Over at Turnberry the members played for the David J. Logan Trophies, which are for both scratch and handicap prizes and is played over two rounds. In the first round played on Monday 4th. April Martin Brown came in to win on (20)68 followed by John Broadfoot (5)70, with John McNinch , Duncan Kerr Gordon Boyle and Ian Rorison all on nett 72. In round 2 played on Tuesday 5th. April John Broadfoot came in with the winning score (5)67 followed by Gordon Boyle (0)70, Steven Stamper (0)70, with David Pitman and Richard Johnstone both on nett 73. The winner of the handicap trophy was John Broadfoot on nett 137 followed by Gordon Boyle 142 and Martin Brown 143. In the scratch section Gordon Boyle came in to win on 142 followed by John Broadfoot on 147.


We are now approaching the Scottish elections so perhaps we should look to some political quotes relating to golf. Lord Balfour stated ‘ I find it difficult to squeeze in the claims of both golf and politics into twenty four hours’. I trust he did not let politics interfere with his golf. Jimmy Demeret known to the older golfer stated ‘Augusta is the course Ike Eisenhower usually plays on. That is proof enough to me that he is a man with good taste.’


What will bring a great cheer from all the Girvan golfers is the news that by the time you read this article the bridge at the 14th. Green will be open. That is what I am led to believe. It will certainly speed up play considerably and not frustrate the golfer who has up to now had to walk all the way round to the bridge at the 18th. Hole then back to the 15th. Tee in order to complete the round.

The Girvan golf course is one of the major attractions of the town not only for the golfing visitor but also for the keen local golfers. They do not want a major test of golf, merely an enjoyable round over a course that provides a reasonable challenge without the necessity of constantly having to search for golf balls or playing out of bunkers with steeply revetted faces. A good bunker is one where the ball automatically comes to rest in the middle of the bunker. The views from the front eight links holes are magnificent enough to compensate for the odd bogey, whilst the back ten holes are interesting parkland making this quite a unique course. It attracts parties from all over looking forward to an interesting round of golf on a course that is not too taxing in pleasant surroundings followed by some excellent refreshments. The latter is provided by Maggie’s Pantry and is well worth sampling. Let us keep it all that way. If you wish a more challenging course there is always Turnberry up the road which, when the work is finished, will have a series of courses able to challenge all standards of golfers.

Golf is for enjoyment despite what Jonathan Spieth went through last Sunday. I am sure that Yorkshireman Danny Willett will agree with that comment having deservedly won The Masters. We would also like to congratulate Danny Willett on the birth of a son.