Harry Steel Eclectic winners at Girvan

The Girvan Golf Club’s Harry Steel Eclectic competition played in memory of a Girvan Head Green Keeper of some years ago came to fruition last Sunday.

It provided the club’s computer with some calculations to perform in order to show the Scratch Trophy winner as Willie McMeikan 57 followed by Willie Roberts 63, Paul McCluskey 63, Jack Galloway 64 and James Baillie also on 64.

In the Handicap trophy Willie Roberts came into win with nett 57 followed by Willie McMeikan 57, Jim Cameron 59, Jim Crawford 59 and Jack Galloway 59.

Remember this is the based on the best gross score at each hole of the three rounds for the scratch trophy and likewise for the handicap trophy the best nett score at each hole.

Last Sunday was a nice day for golf with plenty of sunshine although very cold. It did however attract quite a few Girvan members to play in the March medal but the results are at present not available, so it will be next week before I can divulge who took advantage of the weather to bring in the best scores..

On Sunday 13th March the Girvan Golf Club’s gentlemen will compete in the season’s opener the Captain versus Vice-Captain match which will pit Gregor Mackintosh’s team against that of James Baillie. All this will be preceded with refreshments in the clubroom and after the golf soup and a roll in the 19th Hole.

Margaret’s pantry is noted for its excellent soup so it is very worthwhile turning up notwithstanding the golf. All those interested in taking part should turn up at the Clubroom at around 10am.


Nicholas Parsons not a golfer as far as I am aware quoted ‘I am a great believer that the more you use your brain and your memory the younger you remain’. Just ask any golfer what he scored at any hole on a course he has just played and the answer will come straight back at you.

Lee Trevino on his surgery in 1977 ‘I missed a lot of tournaments; but considering all the hospitalization insurance I carry, I figure I wound up leading money winner’.


I was reading a description of the difference between a professional golfers’ warm up and that of an amateur.

The professional arrives at the course an hour before tee-off time, does several effective stretches, then starts with a sand wedge working his way up to the driver hitting thirty or forty shots in total. Spends fifteen minutes on the short game, and the same time on putting. Everything feels, relaxed and loose as he/she makes their way to the first tee.

Now for the amateur who arrives with five minutes to spare before tee-off time. Touches toes a couple of times then taking out the driver hits as many shots as can be fitted in to two minutes, then has a couple of chips and putts before going on to the first tee feeling stressed. We must of course realise that in most cases the amateur has rushed out of the office or workplace wondering if he/she has completed all that should have been done and what has been left for the following morning. Rushed to the club still concerned about the job that pays him/her a living wage and tries to free the mind of problems in order to concentrate on golf. Yes I realise that I am talking of my past experiences, except that in most cases any practice swings on my part would have been executed on the tee just prior to teeing-off.

Time was of the essence in an evening round which is why the golfing powers are advocating that nine hole competitions and handicaps should be part of a golf club’s schedule. This will enable the active amateur to keep contact with golf and the club in the time he/she has available. Of course once you retire the time available no longer becomes a problem, but then you have to ensure that you do not tire yourself out on the practice range before a round, as by then age is no longer on your side. It seems that you cannot win in these circumstances, but you can always try.