On the Fairways

Phil Mickelson with The Open trophy.
Phil Mickelson with The Open trophy.

Despite some inclement weather a few members of the gents section of Girvan Golf Club turned out on the 21st. February to play in the 5th. round of the Winter Stableford.

John McLachlan came in with the winning score of (8)38 points followed by Alan Copland (11)37, David Mair (15)37 and Michael Morgan (13)36 points. In the 6th. round of this competition Michael Morgan came in with the best score of 39 Stableford points off a handicap of (13) followed by Alan Gaff (5)38, John McLachlan (9)38 and Tommy Stewart (16)37. In this competition it is the best four rounds that count and Tommy Stewart is the current leading contender. Last Sunday Girvan members turned out for the March Medal which brought in as winner Willie McMeikan (0)34 Stableford points followed by Bernie Mills (8)32, John McDowall (11)31 and Jack Galloway (10)30. All good scores in those cold windy conditions.

Girvan gents’ attention is drawn to this Sunday when the Captain versus Vice-Captain match is played with refreshments provided before and after the game. This is a chance to welcome to the Captaincy Gregor Mackintosh and meet fellow golfers in the season’s opener.

There has also been some golf played at Turnberry with the Saturday 28th. February medal bringing in Andrew Huxtable as winner on (4)71 followed by Tom Campbell (13)74, Roy Bruestedt (12)75, Jack Galloway (10)75 and James Byers (6)75. The scores reflect the weather and the determination of the golfers to compete.


Robert Harris back in 1953 mentioned in his book ‘Sixty Years of Golf’ ‘There is a serious thought that the game is now in the process of decline as a result of over-mechanization; art and skill are being replaced by lust for distance of hit’. Now I have been saying this for some time but nothing is done about it. Belt the ball as far as it will go and hope to get the green with a simple pitch. If the golf ball could be limited so that it cannot be hit more than say three hundred yards by even the biggest hitter, and even then skill be required to keep it straight and on the fairway, then more skill would be required for the second shot.


The weather has not improved by much even though the days are longer. The odd bursts of sunshine are interspersed with heavy rain or hail, not a good formula to go out onto as golf course with.

You will have noticed that Phil Mickelson has perfected the lob shot. This is a shot inspired by having wedges with 60 and 64% loft. However no matter how easy Phil Mickelson makes it look, it is certainly not that easy. It is used when you have to get the ball up high to drop over a bunker or hazard and stop on a green with not much room to spare. If you do not get it right the ball will either scream into the face of the bunker you are trying to avoid or disappear into the whins at the back of the green. A little book on the subject which I read recently says that there are a few rules to consider. 1) play the ball forward of centre with the hands level with the ball. 2)A little bit more knee flex than usual and aim left of the target with your weight evenly distributed. 3)Allow for a little wrist hinge with a steep backswing, head very still with eyes on the BACK of the ball and accelerate through the ball with your body finishing facing the line of flight. Shh! I have kept it as simple as I can with only three rules to follow the third being the one to concentrate on. Well anyway, just try it and see how well you can make it all happen. It might not work so remember I am only taking this advice from a book so do not blame me if it all goes wrong. Happy golfing and if it does work then remember who gave you the tip.