Golfing trio clinch win at the open Three Lady Team Event

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The Girvan Golf Club ladies have excelled themselves by travelling down to the Wigtownshire County Golf Club at Glenluce and winning their open Three Lady Team Event.

There were some sixty participants of which fifteen ladies from Girvan took part. However the Girvan team of Isobel Leitch, Jean Houston and Doreen Cowan came in with the winning score. There was a complicated scoring system but the ladies even managed to cope with that. The Glenluce course is a very attractive course having grown from a nine holes to 18 holes with the 12th. ‘Cunningham’s Rest’ providing an interesting test of ability combined with bravery, a really challenging hole. Well done ladies.

The Girvan gents were due to play the Cockburn Medal last Sunday but as you all no doubt appreciate the wind was so strong that balls were being blown across the greens and in these circumstances there was no alternative but to abandon the competition. It has been decided to hold the Cockburn medal, Girvan Golf Club’s oldest trophy, this coming Sunday postponing the Alginate Bogey to another time which be advised.

Over at Turnberry in the Wednesday medal John McBeth (1)69 came in with the winning score followed by Ronnie McLelan (1071 and David Courtney (11)73.


There must have been hundreds of quotations over this past week what with Charles Green’s indiscretions over his friend on the board of Rangers coupled with the accusations of the disgraced Craig Whyte plus of course there is the situation over Tiger Woods dropping his ball in the wrong place. I do not want to get involved in the controversy but I consider it a last resort to disqualify anyone unless it was for a deliberate infringement of the rules. But the following may be of interest. A spectator at the Masters is quoted describing a Tiger Woods drive,’You can hear it but you can’t see it’.


A lot of golfers follow football and visa-versa and being an Ayr United supporter I usually comment on their progress. I have not mentioned them over the past two weeks and as I get approached by other supporters wondering why I will do my best to cover the position in just a few words. Ayr’s previous matches against East Fife and Alloa Athletic were very dismal affairs despite beating East Fife. However from the reports I have read, the match against Albion Rovers appears to have had a satisfactory result with Ayr winning 3-1 which means that we will not have to suffer relegation play-offs at the end of the season

I suppose everyone has been glued to the television watching the Masters. It is absolutely amazing the distances the players are hitting the ball nowadays. Marc Leishman of Australia used a wedge to drive the 155 yard par three12th. hole. ( I would need a five wood) Mind you he had to clear water and a bunker in front of the green plus stop the ball from going through to the bunker at the back of the green. Francis Ouimet the 1913 US Open Champion once stated that he had seen many changes in golf equipment, but he believed that the greatest development of all was attributable to the advances in golf ball manufacture. That was said back a hundred years ago and the ball has advanced considerably since then. Perhaps it is time to curb this advancement before it creates havoc with the golf courses we have come to know and love. If he had been alive today I wonder what Bobby Jones’s reaction would have been to the treatment his greens have received in order to compensate for the course being unable to accommodate those monstrous drives. .Whilst on the subject of the greens did you see the size of some of the putter heads particularly that of Adam Scott, who was the eventual winner. You could even hide behind Sandy Lyle’s putter head it was so big. I would have thought that with greens that fast a very light putter would be best. Some very good golfers were embarrassed by the treatment they received on the greens, and they have my sympathies. However that is the Masters over for another year with congratulations 
to Adam Scott, we can 
now revert to other competitions such as the Cockburn Medal.