No weather for golf but there is still time for a joint win in the Turnberry medal

The weather of late has been appalling, enough to make even the most ardent golfer take out those golfing books he received at Christmas and curl up beside a warm fire. But just as long as he does not take the instructional books too much to heart. Every professional golfer has his own approach and the only professional you should listen to is the one who can stand beside you and see just what is needed to send you down the fairway happy.

The Turnberry gents medal on Sunday 19th. January brought in Paul Ferguson (1)72 winner followed by Billy McCulloch (0)72 and Patrick Morris (1)73. Paul Ferguson and Billy McCulloch were judged joint winners.

Members of Girvan Golf Club are reminded that all subscriptions are now due and the Subscription Secretary Bernie Mills will be in the Girvan clubhouse next Saturday 1st. February and Sunday 2nd. February between the hours of 11.30am. and 12 noon to collect subscriptions.

The Ayrshire Golf Association year book for 2013 makes interesting reading, there is a picture of the Girvan Golf Club team consisting of Gary Bryden Steven Stamper and Stuart White who won the Ayrshire Club Championship on Sunday 15th. July at Irvine (Bogside) with Steven Stamper scoring 69 being two under par thereby creating a course record for the newly extended championship course at the Bogside links.. You turn over the page to come to the Ayrshire Summer (Scratch) League where a team from Girvan Golf Club convincingly won the fourth division after winning the fifth division the previous year. Well done to all concerned it is certainly putting Girvan on the golfing map for this area.


Alastair Cooke the famous American broadcaster and writer who was an enthusiastic golfer is quoted as follows ‘The Scots say that nature itself dictated that golf should be played on the seashore. Rather the Scots saw in the eroded sea coasts a cheap battleground on which they can whip their fellow men in a game based on the Calvanist doctrine that man is meant to suffer here below and never more than when he goes out to enjoy himself.’


I am attempting to write the history of Girvan Golf Club and any relevant material tucked away in an old box in the attic would be helpful. I am particularly interested in the layout of the course prior to the houses being built on it in the 1890’s and also the layout of the course after David Kinell of Prestwick St. Nicholas came down in 1903 and laid out what he considered to be the finest nine hole course in the west of Scotland. If anyone has any of these plans or any pertinent information I would be obliged if they could hand them in to the Gazette office in Dalrymple Street for my attention.

The very wet weather resulted in Girvan’s cup tie being postponed, but Ayr played away at Stenhousemuir and again let in a stupid goal in the 89th. minute to draw one goal each. Still, once again Ayr maintain fourth spot in the division due to their nearest rivals not doing any better.

A little golfing trivia to keep you amused whilst the four in front search for their ball. Byron Nelson turned professional in 1932 as a result of being unable to find decent employment during America’s Great Depression. During his career ‘Lord Byron’ as he was nicknamed by American journalist O.B. Keeler for the dignity he always showed, won five majors and 54 PGA Tour Events before retiring to become a farmer. Well that is the first time I have heard it said that if all else fails become a professional golfer, I wonder what some of my friendly professionals at Turnberry will think of that one.

I just knew that they were digging the bunkers very deep at Girvan for a purpose, as after all this rain they could have provided Girvan with alternative swimming pools. Still it is a grand wee course and I would have added particularly for the older golfer had it not been for the last four holes. But as I always say it is a game for all ages so go out and enjoy it.