Let’s see all you budding young golfers out there on the course

We are into October and the weather seems to be improving despite the nights drawing in. The big event last Sunday was of course ‘The George Sprunt Memorial Invitation Sweepstake’ in which the first round was taking place.

Just thank your lucky stars that the torrential rain of last Thursday is not spoiling what is otherwise a fascinating round of golf. Having said all that it is surprising that there were eleven nil returns and Stuart White crept in at the last place with a nett 71 a score higher than expected to qualify in such good weather. The qualifiers from round one are as follows: R. Galloway (8)62, R. McCluskey (8)63, P. McCluskey (6)64, W. Pitt (9)64, D. Bye (7)64, P. Miller (13)64, A. Brownlee (3)65, R. Pringle (14)65, R. McEvoy (18)65, J. Fyfe Jnr. (8)66, A. Forbes (13)66, J. Duncan (8)67, M. Lothian (11)67, G. Boyle (14)67, R. Smith (12)67, M. Campbell (9)67, J. McCluskey (13)67, K. Doyle (11)67, G. Campbell (13)67, H. Ward (13)67, T. McFeeley (10)67, C. Savage (13)68, W. McClymont (16)68, S. Hamilton (6)69, G. Milligan (16)69, A. MacFarlane (9)70, W. Allan (13)70, D. Heron (17), B. Jamieson (5)71, S. White (2)71. All these contestant go through to the final- Good Luck.

Over at Turnberry a new competition came into being commemorating both Ronnie McLellan a past Club Champion and George Brown who was in charge of the golf courses and the hotel gardens. Both were very good golfers and popular Club members who recently died. The Ronnie McLellan Trophy goes to the lowest gross score which resulted in a play-off between Steven Stamper and Billy McCulloch both on 79. The George Brown Trophy for the best nett handicap score went to Hugh Devine (4)76 followed by J. Freestone (6)77, John Broadfoot (5)77 and Roddy Gardner (12)78. .


Back in 1927 Theodore Hyslop searching for the elusive secret of par golf came up with the following. ’The formula for par golf depends on three main factors- Practice, Automatism and Reason (devoid of temperamental and other mental divergence), and the formula itself would be P+A+R=PAR’ Simple is it not, well that is until you get onto the first tee and the nerves takes over..


Well the Ryder Cup is over and perhaps the less said the better. All too many open their mouths and out comes a lot of unnecessary bunkum, so it is better to keep your thoughts to yourself. It is easy to criticise in hindsight, but no doubt lessons have been learned as they are so used to saying when things go wrong.

Now we all know that the Ryder Cup was started by Samuel Ryder in 1927 who donated the original trophy to be competed for by teams from Great Britain & Ireland verses a team from the USA. It tended to be dominated by the USA until Jack Nicklaus suggested to Lord Derby, the then president of the PGA, that the contest might be more equal and still retain its prestige if a European select were chosen.

After all America is a vast continent with a far bigger population of potential golfers available. At first the PGA were reluctant, but eventually saw the wisdom of the suggestion and the first match to be played under this new format was in 1979. Since then the fortunes have fluctuated with the European team dominating in recent years. So after all we cannot begrudge the Americans winning this year. But all you young budding golfers let’s see you out there on the course, and you never know, you may be selected some time in the future ...