On the Fairways

With all the good weather about a lot of golf has been played. At Turnberry Ian Rorison and Gordon Boyle on the 1st.March won the Fenton Trophy, a foursome medal play competition. The Turnberry Vice-Captain’s prize was competed for on Saturday 14th. March and was won by Roddy Gardner (10)38 Stableford points followed by Tom Joyce (8)37, Iain Faulds (5)36, David Nelson (5)34, Gordon Boyle (+1)33 and John Broadfoot (5)33 points.

Meanwhile over at the Girvan Course The Dryborough Cup was played for on the 15th. March bringing in John McDowell as winner on (11)39 Stableford points followed by Gary Hilliard (9)38, Ken Smith (23)36 and Robert McCluskey (7)36. In the 7th. and final round of the Winter Stableford Andy MacFarlane (14)37 points followed by David Mair (15)36 and John MacLachlan (9)35.

The overall final position of this competition which counts for the best four scores out of the seven rounds was as follows:-Tommy Stewart 158 points, David Mair 153, Alan Copland 152, Andy MacFarlane 150 and John MacLachlan 147. Well played Tommy Stewart you are certainly playing well below your handicap.


Frank Beard on the pressure in 1970 of playing in The Masters, ‘Every day, every minute the greens get a little more difficult to read, and the fairways grow even narrower’. I know exactly what he means as Sam Snead describing pressure once said ‘Doctors and mind experts go round explaining that it is perfectly OK to explode on the course as it releases your built up tension. They don’t tell you, though how can you rave like a wild beast to break ninety.’.


A little tale all about the fact that you should never overlook the underdog. Back in 1955 Ben Hogan was clearly leading the field in the final round of the US Open played at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, so much so that the TV announcers Lindsay Nelson and Gene Sarazen signed off on air declaring Ben Hogan as the unequivocal winner. However they had dismissed as a nonentity a certain Jack Fleck, a professional golfer born of poor farming stock back in 1921 who caddied for some years before turning professional on the PGA tour in 1939 . Jack Fleck had never won a tournament since joining the professional tour and had had to put his golfing career on hold during the second world war where he took part in the D-Day landings. However in the 1955 US Open he was playing good enough golf to surprisingly draw level with the great Ben Hogan forcing an 18 hole playoff.. Everyone thought that Hogan would still walk away with the trophy, but it was Fleck who had a one shot lead at the 18th. final hole. Hogan lost his footing on a wild drive, whilst Fleck found the middle of the fairway finishing with a par to win against all odds. Ben Hogan would go on to win a fifth US Open whilst Fleck would win two more minor titles on the PGA tour, but this unexpected win over Ben Hogan will go down in golf history and proves that you should never count your chickens until they have hatched. The 1955 US Open had other claims to fame as it was the last Open Byron Nelson would compete in and the first Open that Arnold Palmer ever made the cut, however it was Jack Fleck who deservedly should be remembered for making one of the greatest upsets in golf’s history. A nice wee tale to show that anyone can win an Open if you put your mind to it. Winning or not, it is taking part that matters most.

*FOOTBALL. Ayr United disappointed us last Saturday by drawing with Stenhousemuir as I felt that they played well enough to win. It was a game they had to win although a draw may still be good enough if we win all our remaining games and Stenhousemuir lose most of theirs. A big task to ask but we shall just have to wait and see. Congratulations to Girvan for a 1-1 draw away from home. Things are certainly looking up in the Girvan front and both the aforementioned teams need our support.