On the Fairways

Yvonne Cosbalt (L) pictured with the Kelco Plate alongside Girvan Ladies captain Anne Bush.
Yvonne Cosbalt (L) pictured with the Kelco Plate alongside Girvan Ladies captain Anne Bush.

Well the weather is playing a part in the golf as one has to play around heavy rain and very humid conditions.

Last Wednesday the Girvan ladies played their Open competition, the Kelco Plate, and fortunately they were graced with not only reasonable weather but the rough on the Girvan course had been considerably cut back. Consequently they came from far and wide, the great and the good of ladies golf in the area, and naturally some good scores also came in with the winner of the Kelco Plate being Yvonne Casbolt of Brunston Castle Golf Club with a nett 66.

However Yvonne only won by virtue of a better half over Linda Gordon of Girvan Golf Club and Marion Whiteford also of Brunston. who both also had nett 66s.

In the Silver section Linda Gordon of Girvan came in with the best score followed by Linda Pearson of Caprington, Christine Pearson of Loudon and Cath Ramsay of Girvan.

In the Bronze section Marion Whiteford led the field followed by Betty Wallace of Loudon, Jan McCrorie of Girvan and Norma Sadler of Brunston.

The Scratch trophy went to Elizabeth Leggat of Portpatrck with a gross of 76.

There were many other prizes and most went home with a smile on their face Girvan ladies Captain Anne Bush thanked Mrs Milligan and her team for refreshments, honorary member Betty Girvan for selling raffle tickets, her Committee plus Ian McCulloch for their assistance and of course everyone for taking part

Over at Turnberry the Lawson Trophy was competed for by all those members over 60 years of age with Peter Rae and Ian Morrison both coming in with 36 Stableford points resulting in a play-off at a date to be agreed David McDowall and Alan Boyd both had 35 points.

The Saturday medal brought in as winner John MacLeod (17)68 followed by Duncan Kerr (5)71, Michael Whiteford (20)71 and Tom Campbell (12)72.

The Francis I.I’L Brown (Pineapple cup) better ball four ball medal play competition was won by the pairing of Tom Paterson and Roddy Gardner.


Byron Nelson commented ‘The only thing you should force in a golf swing is the club back into the bag’.


We shall shortly be having a surfeit of golf with the Scottish Open, the Ladies Open and the Open all shortly to be upon us.

We will all have our favourites to support and watch carefully their respective swings etc. I again will have thoughts for Shane Lowry who I think is a very competent golfer, but when the time comes competency does not usually beat the flash of brilliance which often wins big tournaments.