Ladies and gents up for trophies

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The Girvan Golf Club members on Sunday 23rd June had the pleasure in playing for the W.D. McKie trophies both for gents and ladies.

Andrew McKie in carrying on his father’s support for the Club, of which Bill McKie was an honorary member, provided the prizes which is very much appreciated by the Club and in particular all those who took part.

James Baillie on (10)63 won the gents trophy by virtue of a better inward half than Jim Cameron (12)63 followed by Stevie Johnston (6)64, Jim Brown (6)65 and G. Wilson (9)65. In the ladies section Lynda Gordon came in with the winning score of nett 67 followed by Jill Bone and Elinor Heggie. In the Ailsa Trophy Elinor Heggie came in to win followed by Jan McCrorie who had a better inward half than Isobel Kyle. Elinor Heggie’s name is constantly coming to the fore in all these trophies and it only goes to show how well she is playing. Must be all that cycling building up those muscles..

Turnberry senior members, well at least all those over sixty years of age, competed for the Lawson Trophy on Tuesday 25th. June which brought in Roddy Gardner (13)41 Stableford points as winner followed by Iain Stewart (5)39, Derick Hunter (19)37, Gordon Erskine (14)36 and Peter Wiseman (9)34.

Turnberry Staff Club held a medal on 26th. June in which Ciar Porciani (1)74 was the overall winner with the Division 1 winner Fraser Thomson (4)79, Division 2 Gordon MacKay (13)79, Division 3 Euan Grant (14)80 Division 4 Richard Murnin (24)76.

The best lady score in was apparently by Celia Fox nett 83. However the biggest surprise was in the Texas Scramble which was played over the 9 hole Arran course. The team consisting of Peter Doig, Kenny MacAskill and Malcolm Cochrane went round in 24 strokes giving them a nett 21.6. Whew that was some scoring, I understand that Peter excelled at the putting. The second team in was John Dunlop, Ian Hewitt and Dennis McCaffrey nett 23.5 and the final team who went out late knowing the winners score thereby forcing them to go for everything consisted of Colin McKellar, Fraser Thomson and Ciar Porciani nett 24.6. Those are all some fantastic scores, the sort that most of us wake up realizing that we had only dreamt them.


Stephen Potter in his book ‘The Complete Golf Gamesmanship’ in 1968 stated ‘A perfect, flowing, model style can be alarming to an opponent. The teaching of golf is not in our domain: but the teaching of style comes very much into our orbit. An appearance of a strong effortless style, flowing yet built on a stable foundation, can be alarming to an opponent even if it has no effect on one’s shots. Above all we recommend practicing a practice swing which ends with the body turned correctly square to the direction of the ball, the hands held high, an expression of easy confidence on the face, a touch of nobility, as if one were looking towards the setting sun. Students who find themselves unable even vaguely to simulate a graceful finish may do well by going to the opposite extreme.

It is possible to let go of the club almost completely at the top of the swing, recover it, and by a sort of half -paralysed jerk come down again more or less normally. Your opponent will find himself forced to stare at you and may lose his rhythm.’ Whew all that in the hope it will put your opponent off, more likely have him falling about laughing, which could also do the trick until he says ‘Could you repeat that’.


Well will soon be looking forward to the Open which will be held at Muirfield this year. If I remember correctly Payne Stewart in his championship days approached Muirfield in the hopes of a round of golf. As he had not pre-booked he was turned away. Well there you are, standards must be maintained, but I am sure if he had turned up at Turnberry all the professionals there would be falling over themselves to accompany him around the course.

Very little mention is made of the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart. A lot of top names have pulled out of competing, perhaps the course is too hard for them. If I remember correctly the Scottish Open was changed to a links course so that those qualifying for the Open could prepare on a similar course.

With the football season fast approaching all those footballers who have not been contracted will become available and hopefully Air United will reap the benefit.

A nice little human interest story to finish with. A couple of oyster catchers built a nest in the middle of the Turnberry Academy driving range oblivious to all the golf balls flying around. It was noticed, and the staff put little posts round it so that the ball collector would miss it.

However a couple of players coming down the 18th. hole in a buggy wandered over looking for their ball and accidentally ran over the nest, the crows completed its destruction. However not to be outdone our brave oyster catchers built another nest in the flower bed in front of the academy, beside the path leading to the first tees of the Kintyre and Arran courses.

Fresh eggs were laid and the staff have placed stones around the nest to provide some form of protection, in particular to identify the nest so that it can be avoided. Mum is often on the nest and occasionally both mum and dad oyster catchers can be seen feeding on the driving range.

Let us hope that this nest raises some healthy chicks and that mum and dad manage to avoid the constant stream of golf balls flying around. Oyster catchers are such a friendly attractive bird and it is nice to see that they have joined the golfers who will enjoy their company.