New names and old favourites

The weather was kind to the Girvan Golf Club Championships, both ladies and gents, which were played under excellent conditions giving no-one cause for complaint.

The Girvan ladies completed their championship on Wednesday evening with Elinor Heggie coming in on the best nett score over the three rounds. Catherine McCrindle won the Bronze Section with Jill Bone runner-up. In the Silver Section Roz McCulloch came in as runner-up to Liz Neill who became Girvan Ladies Champion once again. Congratulations to all the winners and in fact to all who played in what proved to be an exciting and worthwhile event.

The Girvan gents Championship came to a conclusion on Friday night with a lot of new names amongst some old favourites.

The Championship is over four rounds with the nett winner of each round receiving a sports shirt. The first shirt went to Dougie Hamilton on 59, the second shirt to Jam. Brown on 57, third shirt to Alan Gaff on 62 with Alex Kerr 59 picking up the fourth shirt.

It’s nice to see some new faces on the trophies with Joel McCluskey winning the second class championship and Scott McCahill becoming Girvan Golf Club Champion for 2013. Both these gentlemen are fairly new members to Girvan Golf Club and are most welcome additions. Alan Gaff who is an old favourite won the Handicap Trophy.

To give the scores Joel McCluskey won the second class on a total of 313 followed by Gary Milligan 320, Alex Kerr, Ian McCulloch and Jim Crawford all on 322. Alan Gaff in winning the handicap section on nett 249 was followed by Willie McDines 250, and Martin Campbell 251. Scott McCahill became Girvan Golf Club Champion for 2013 on 262 followed by Gary Bryden 266, with Gregor Macintosh, Stuart White and Alan Gaff all on 269

We must congratulate all who took part, in particular the winners with special recognition of Scott McCahill the Girvan Golf Club Champion for 2013 and Liz Neill the Girvan Ladies Champion for 2013

The opportunity was taken at the Championship presentation for Catherine McCrindle to present the T.&.H. McCrindle Cup to the proud winners Jim Cameron and David Inglis who are seen showing off the sports clothing they received from Catharine. Runners-up James Baillie and John McVittie also received sports shirts. Girvan very much appreciates the McCrindle brothers for their sponsorship of this popular event.

Over at Turnberry in the sunset trophy Tom Wasson (9)69, Tom Bryce (8)71 and David McDowall (7)72 all qualified for the final.


Billy Casper, a former Masters Champion, was paired in Augusta with Spider Miller an American amateur Champion who also happened to own a brewery in Indiana. Casper said ‘I don’t know who he is , but he’s good company’. No doubt Billy Casper was introduced to Indiana beer after the round.


We worry that the few sunny days that we have seen will be all we will get for summer.

However despite the problems over the weather all the golf courses round here are in very good condition. I mentioned last week about the Turnberry staff having difficulty over the rough during their Ailsa Cup which Peter Doig won. Well a picture in the sports page of a newspaper showed Sergio Garcia playing out of knee high rough at Merion during the US Open.

Apparently if you tried to hit long distances your ball disappeared into rough and you had to rely on a crowed of ball spotters to find it. Merion enforced a game of target golf where you were required to play the ball to an area free of rough which induced a more thought provoking second shot. Phil Mickelson did not even carry a driver and the course produced in the winner an excellent golfer in the shape of Justin Rose who can manufacture the type of shots that were required in the old days before there were drivers with heads the size of a frying pan and golf balls that could travel further than most of us go on our holidays.

Well it all makes the game more interesting, but as I do not have a crowd of ball spotters following me round I obviously do not advocate rough of any sort.