On the Fairways

The Girvan golfers all set for the season opener on Sunday.
The Girvan golfers all set for the season opener on Sunday.

The weather is still cold but it did not deter a number of Girvan Golfers from going out on a bright and breezy, but dry day last Sunday to compete in the gents season’s opener the Captain versus Vice-Captain match.

The players all met to support and welcome in their new Captain Gregor Mackintosh who is currently training to be a policeman and we wish him luck in both his new ventures. The teams met in the Clubroom to toast the new captain and enjoy some of Margaret Milligan’s link sausage rolls before facing the elements.

The fourball better ball matches ended in a draw and if you wish to know how the new captain Gregor Mackintosh got on you will have to ask his playing partners as comments on his golf prowess flew around the clubroom. After playing in the very cold conditions Margaret’s hot soup and rolls were very welcome. This was followed by a pool competition which resulted in a final between David Nelson and Joel McCluskey with David Nelson finally potting the black to win a bottle of Jack Daniels. It was a good start to the season with all those who attended enjoying a day hosted by Gregor Mackintosh with everyone wishing him as the incoming Club Captain a successful and enjoyable term in office.


Ray Floyd after winning the Doral-Eastern Open in 1981: ‘I am playing better now than I ever have in my career. .I don’t know what happened but I am not going to search for an answer’. Now there is a bit of sage advice. When you are playing badly you understandably need to know why, but when you are playing well do not try and analyze it as it will only put you off your game. Just shut your mind to the reasons and keep playing the way you are in the hope that it will continue.


The cold wind persists and not only does the golfer need to know how to combat a stiff wind but also to be able keep warm in conditions that brass monkeys would be afraid to venture out in. However in cold weather and sometimes in other circumstances a golf ball can travel a long way as Carl Cooper found out to his cost in the H.E.B. Texas Open in 1992. Cooper came to the 3rd hole a 444 yard par four where he tried to cut his drive but overdid it. The ball landed on a downhill cart path where it bounced merrily along until it came to a course maintenance path where it continued happily on its way and would never have been found were it not for the course marshals who discovered it some 331yards past the green making it the longest drive on record in an official tournament of some 787 yards. As there were no out of bounds notices Cooper had to play back to the green through all sorts of hazards eventually doing well to achieve a six at that hole.

However before we put that story to rest we find that the longest ball ever hit on earth travelled some 2,640 yards ie.1 ½ miles and was hit by Nils Leid in 1962 from Mawson Base, Antartica on packed ice. How they ever found it is a mystery.


Ayr United seem to need a better defence as they constantly leak goals, a shame as they seem to have some very good attacking players. However as Ayr’s game was at Dunfermline I went along to see Girvan make their first win of the season beating Whitletts 2-0 with a third goal disallowed as being offside. Those goals came in the first half when Girvan were playing against the wind, so it was well deserved and by no means a fluke. I like it when both my teams are on a winning streak particularly Ayr who are currently fighting relegation.