On the Fairways

Last Saturday the Girvan golfers enjoyed competing for the Bon Accord trophy which is played in teams of three allowing ladies, gents and juniors to take part.

The winning score was by the team consisting of J. McCluskey, S. Johnston and D. Nelson with 56.4 followed by S. Stamper, A. Clark and P. Morrison 57.4, J. McDowall N. Taylor and R.J. McLeish 57.7 and D. Oliphant, R. Oliphant and D. Heron 57.7.

The first round of the 36 Hole tournament was held last Sunday with in first place T. Scobie (14) 40 Stableford points, followed by J. McDowall (10) 39, L.; McAllan (10) 39. D. Nelson (5) 37, D. Bye (6) 37 and D. Gordon (12)37.

This coming Saturday the Heneage Medal will be competed for by all those who qualified by either winning or being runner up in the monthly medals over the past year. The list of qualifiers is on the Club notice board.

The second round of the 36 Hole tournament will be held this coming Sunday.

The Probus golfers travelled to the Seafield course in Ayr under the leadership of Bob Cronie to take on the might of Ayr Probus. Well the patter was good but Girvan were beaten by 3 ½ games to 2 ½ games which was the same score that Girvan won by earlier in the year at the Girvan course. So alls well that ends well. Afterwards we went the Abbotsford hotel for an excellent meal and to discuss why Girvan should unexplainably lose. Out of interest I admired the electric buggies available at a reasonable price from Richard Gordon in the professional shop. You had to sit astride them and they looked racy.


Sam Snead in ‘The Education of a Golfer’ in 1962 stated ‘Some of the things I didn’t have to be taught as a rookie travelling pro, were to keep close count of my nickels and dimes, stay away from whisky, and never concede a putt’.

Mrs Turnesa on learning that her son was leading the US Open in 1926 ‘Why shouldn’t he? He’s never done anything his whole life but play golf’. Well Mrs. Turnesa would perhaps be amazed at how much her son won even back in those days and of course his place in the record books..


Television and cinemas were for a time showing what it would be like to be the last person left alive after a nuclear war. Just imagine standing on the first tee at St. Andrews knowing that you could not be beaten in the Open, and all you needed to do was try and find the claret jug under all that rubble. Then of course there would be paddling across the Atlantic to Augusta and try and find a green jacket that fits. Ah well we can always dream as it will in most cases be the only way many of us could possibly win those trophies let alone complete the Grand Slam.

Back to earth and I hope that you have been enjoying all this good weather and the flattering run of the ball on hard grounds. I did manage to get round the Girvan course last Thursday without losing a ball and this can only be done without going into the rough. Naturally this requires very careful planning. However the rabbits are a real problem not only are their droppings covering the fairways but the depth of their digging in the bunker has to be seen to be believed. There must be quite a selection of golf balls hidden away in rabbit burrows. Do the rabbits not appreciate that a bunker is a big enough hazard to a golfer without their modifications.

Rabbit stew was very popular for a while, perhaps it can come back on the menu. The attraction for rabbits is the very heavy rough giving them camouflage for their burrows. It used to be moles that were the curse, but they seem to have given way to the bunnies.