On the Fairways

USAs Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth on the 15th after winning their match during the foursomes match on the second day of 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Perthshire, Scotland.
USAs Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth on the 15th after winning their match during the foursomes match on the second day of 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Perthshire, Scotland.

I suppose a lot of golfers are still struggling to come to terms with all this wonderful weather, being more used to wind and rain. But remember that there is often a cold wind and it is better to have on too much clothing than too little.

The Girvan Ladies have blossomed in this weather and on Tuesday 14th April the Girvan Golf Club held the Nestle Mixed foursome trophy which was won by Susan Low and Andrew McFarlane with Ann and Albert Bush runners-up. On Thursday 16th April the Girvan Ladies held the popular K&A Adam Foursome Trophy which was won by Roz McCulloch and Catharine McCrindle with 25 points followed by Jill Bone and Veronica Hamilton on 24 points.

The Girvan gents on 17th. April competed for the Seniors trophy an attractive quaich which was won by Jack Galloway (9) 37 Stableford points followed by Richard McEvoy (15) 36 points, Ian McCulloch (16) 36 and Jim Brown (6) also on 36.points. All good scores by these veterans.

The Girvan Golf Club’s Alginate Bogey is a complicated tournament whereby each player plays against the par of each hole after taking his handicap into account. Therefore the winner is the one with the best match play score against the course. This event was played on 19th April with J. McCluskey coming in with the winning score of all square with the course off a handicap of 9.

Also on the same figure of all square but losing out on the inward half were R.J, McLeish (8) and J. Brown (6) followed by J. Fyfe Jnr.(7) and David Inglis (10) both on one down, Jack Galloway (9) and Martin Lothian (10) both on two down.

Over at Turnberry picking their way amongst the mounds of earth in the first round of the sunset trophy Stewart Allan (7)70 came in with the best score followed by David Strachan (2)71, Duncan Kerr (5)73 and Dominic Booth (2)75.

This coming Sunday over the Girvan course the Carrick Speakers Trophy will be held. This is always a well run competition with some very good prizes. If you have not got your name down for it there is a form on the Club’s notice board


Paul Ryman in the Golf Digest in 1977 wrote ‘Don’t let the bad shots get to you. Don’t let yourself become angry. The true scramblers are thick skinned, and they always beat the whiners.’ Good advice for all scramblers who constantly rely on the lucky shot to get them out of trouble.

Sam Snead ‘it’s all right to put all your eggs in one basket—if you have the right basket’.


I wonder how many golfers have been practicing the Jordan Spieth method of putting whereby in short putts you look at the hole and on all putts a forward press.

A lot of golfers have admitted to me that for some time they always looked at the hole when putting but gave it up along with the belly putter. I must admit having tried the Spieth methods with some success, but then my putting was badly in need of some drastic action to make any improvement..

I must get my Bobby Jones DVD out again to see how I can improve although there is a gentleman at Turnberry who is keen to improve my game, particularly the important chips. I always say that it is best to go to a good professional for these tips, as if you go to a friend, what works for him may not work for you.


If like me you are an Ayr United supporter you will be throwing up your hands in dispair at Ayr throwing away yet another match in the last ten minutes. It appears to be a habit with them to shut down before the game has ended. It seems now that we will be in the play-offs and the way things have been going of late it is hard to be optimistic about our chances. Never fear you have to be an optimist to be an Ayr United supporter.