The weather should be getting warmer but apparently it is waiting until a bit later in the year before doing so.
The senior gentlemen (ie those over 50 years of age) of Girvan Golf Club turned out on Friday to compete in their Stableford competition which brought in as winner Jim Fyfe Jnr. (7) 34 Stableford points. Jim was followed by Jim Madden (10)33 points, Robert Oliphant (10) 32 and Jim Crawford (11) also on 32 points.
Last Sunday the Girvan gents competed for the Alginate Bogey which after due consideration by the computer decided that the winner was Dougie Hamilton one up on par followed by David Mackintyre and Jason Roberts both of whom were also one up on par. Graeme Andrew, Willie McMeikan, Paul Morrison and Robert McMaster were all on all square. This is of course a competition against the par of the course.
Over at Turnberry in the Wednesday medal on 13th. April Billy Neilson came in with the winning score of (15) 67 followed by Peter Keenan (2)70 and John Rutherford (17)71. The Spring Meeting held on Saturday resulted in a win for Bill Clare (16)69 followed by Edward Irvin (6)70, Gordon Boyle(+1)71, Robbie Allan (4)71 and David Semple (10)71. This means that Edward Irvin wins the Adam Wood Trophy for handicaps up to and including 11 whilst Bill Clare wins the John Gourlay Memorial Trophy for those with handicaps over 11. On the 10th April the Turnberry Juniors held a medal which was won by Blair Waugh (14)66 followed by Jack Broun (2)67 and Kieren Beauchamp (11)73
TALES FROM THE CADDYSHACK
There is an old saying ‘Lies, damned lies and statistics’ but I have come across some statistics which are very interesting. Did you realise that golf is worth in excess of £2 billion per year to the UK economy, as according to ‘HowDidiDo’. 1,500,000 golfers in the UK play at least once every week and before I say are you getting your share this supersedes tennis which has only 825,343 weekly players. Of the 44m population in England only 2.5% regularly play golf, Wales with a population of 2.5m has some 4%, Northern Ireland’s 1.4m is also on 4% whilst Scotland with a population of 4.3m has 7% regularly playing golf. The total population in 2014 amounts to 52.4m of which an average 3% play golf regularly.
These golfers spend £1,184m on membership and joining fees, green fees £433.4m, golf equipment in the form of clubs etc. £238.9m and believe it or not £69.1m on golf balls. Golf footwear accounts for £47.5m with golf bags and gloves costing £119m.
Well I have given only the major items on the list I saw which also includes golf holidays, hire of equipment and many more golfing accessories. The effective turnover of the UK golf industry for 2014 is estimated at £10.3bn, which is quite a sum of money. Naturally the Chancellor of the Exchequer takes his share of that which is the £2 billion already mentioned and costs have to be met, but it goes to show that golfers are not just wasting their time chasing a wee white ball around a field but are contributing handsomely to the UK economy.
Golf courses in themselves are pleasant green field areas, they are environmentally friendly, and are a credit for any town, village or city to have within their bounds.
Councils should be proud of the effect golf is having on the economy, plus the benefits it gives to the hard pressed ratepayers and be prepared to encourage golf and golfing visitors.
Well these are some of the statistics released by ‘HowDidiDo’ who keep the records of the 2,000 odd clubs who use their system and of course there are some who play independently of clubs and a few clubs not with HowDidiDo. Whether or not you believe these statistics, you cannot ignore them.