Ken wins captain’s prize at Girvan with round of 62

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With all the dry weather of late the golfers have been out complete with clubs leaving the waterproofs to dry on the line.

The Girvan Golf Club gents played in the Millennium Cup on 21st August with Jason Roberts coming in with the winning score of (10)60 followed by David Heron (18)62, Allan Clark (12)62 and Gregor Mackintosh (4)62. Willie McMeikan had the lowest gross score of the round with 64.

Last Sunday the Girvan gents met to play for the Captain’s Prize which was won by Ken Smith (21) 62 having a better inward half than Alec Dunlop (9) 62 followed by Gavin Stewart (8) 64, Robert McCluskey (8) 64, Darren Bye (7)64, Jim Brown (5) 64 and Willie McMeikan (1) 64. Willie McMeikan had the lowest gross score of the round. Ken Smith will just have to wait and see what Captain Gregor Mackintosh has chosen for the prize this year. The Girvan ladies played for their Past Captains Trophy on 27th. August with Lynda Gordon nett 72 coming in to win followed by Jill Bone nett 73 runner-up.

Meanwhile over at Turnberry in the Saturday medal Bill Clare came in with the winning score of (15)64 followed by Jim Mills (14)69, Scott McCahill (70) with Steven Stamper having the lowest gross score of 69.


The well known champion golfer and course designer Peter Thomson described the Road Hole at St. Andrews in 1984 thus ’The Road Hole, the seventeenth, is the most famous and infamous hole… As a planner and builder of golf holes worldwide, I have no hesitation in allowing that if one built such a hole today you would be sued for incompetence.’ Well there you are I trust the R&A took note of that as today they are trying to make it harder.


Golf is one of those games where every time you step onto the first tee, you expect or at least hope that it will be one of those rounds you will always wish to remember. That is optimism, if you ever let pessimism interfere you will give up the game entirely. But that is of course what life teaches you, as you are naturally born with an optimistic outlook on life which goes with you hopefully to the very end. Now do not let this depress you as life like golf must be full of hope and great expectations. Every time I line up a putt I am convinced that it will drop into the hole. If it does not, as happens frequently,

I continue with the thought that the next one will drop and so on.

Always be optimistic thinking of better rounds in the future. As you get older and distance off the tee becomes less and less, try to compensate with greater accuracy up the fairways and on the greens. It will help you get more from the game in later life than you first thought possible. But above all of this is the fact that golf like life is to be enjoyed.