Jim wins Dryborough Cup at perfect Girvan course

The weather last Sunday was perfect for golf and not only attracted a goodly number of Girvan Golf Club members to play for the Dryborough Cup but also attracted some very good scores.

The winning score was by Jim Crawford with 42 Stableford points handicap 12 followed by W. McCluskey also on 42 points (14) William Lumsden 41 (12) Henry McMaster 40 (14) and John Madden 40 (11). There were a host of players on 39 points, too many to mention but the match mecretary will not overlook adjusting their handicaps where necessary.

Girvan members are still waiting for the repairs to the bridges on the course which were promised some time ago, but we must remember that we are dealing with South Ayrshire Council, so be patient.

The Kintyre course at Turnberry is now receiving attention and there is in place a somewhat complicated procedure in order to play 18 holes. It is therefore best that you acquaint yourself with the new layout before going out to play.



Fred Corcoran, who was Sam Snead’s manager, said: “Sam is the only man to make a million dollars and save two million”.

However money was not so big in the early years of golf. Jimmy Demaret back in 1954 stated: “However, 1940 when I won six of nine tournaments, including the Masters, was my big year. I was even able to hang on to enough money so that I needed only a small loan for my car fare home.”

Just think of the millionaires that we have, not only in golf, but in all sport. Unfortunately it all seems to go to the few instead of being spread around. The word amateur is difficult to define nowadays as there seem so few of them about.



I have always said that golf is a sport for all ages and even in your dotage you can go out and enjoy a round beating many opponents younger than yourself. One such example is Julius Boros who will be remembered by a lot of the older golfers. Julius Boros was born in 1920 and made a living as an accountant until he apparently got bored with those type of figures, took a change in lifestyle and figures to become a professional golfer at the ripe old age of twenty nine.

However it was not until three years later that he won his first professional tournament, no less than the 1952 US Open.

Over the next decade he won ten more tournaments but not one a major until in 1963 at the even riper age of 43 he won the US Open again, beating a young Arnold Palmer in the play-off.

Whilst our friend continued to win minor tournaments all thoughts of major events became a thing of the past for this elderly gentleman until in 1968 at the advanced age of 48 he defeated Bob Charles and Arnold Palmer to win the PGA Championship to become the oldest winner of a major tournament.

Julius Boros had a collection of 18 PGA titles and played in the Ryder Cup in 1959,1963,1965,and 1967.

This gentleman of golf died of a heart attack in 1994 whilst playing golf at his home course in Florida. He was found sitting in his golf cart under a willow tree near the 16th hole – said to be his favourite spot on the course.

It is little tales like this that make you realise how fortunate those of us who play the sport are.

It is certainly a game we can play and enjoy well past our sell by dates, if health allows.