On the Fairways

Another week of good golfing weather which bodes well for the few tournaments left of the golfers’ season.

On Saturday the Girvan gentlemen golfers held the Heneage Medal a competition for all those who had won or become a runner up in the monthly medals over the past year. The winner was Stevie Johnston (6)61 who had a better inward half than Allan Clark (16)61 and Jack Galloway (11)61 with Jim Cameron (12)62.. In the 36 hole competition held over the last two weekends Lee McAllan came in with the winning score of 39+42 =81 Stableford points with a handicap of 9. Lee was followed by Stuart White (2) 34+39=73, Jim Brown (6) 34+38=72, D. Gordon (12) 37+35=72, Paul Morrison (22)36+35=71 and Tam Scobie (13) 40+31=71.

Over at Turnberry in the Championship Tees competition over the Kintyre course the winner was Ian Walker (0)71 followed by Chris Savage (12)74, and Quintin Dunlop (6)75. The Wednesday medal brought in as winner D. Carr (8)70 followed by Tony Shenkin (10) 70 and Darwin Johnston (3)74.

For the Turnberry gents over 65 years of age there is the tournament in memory of Harold Dykes which was won by Norrie Stevenson (9) 38 Stableford points followed by Roddy Gardner (10)37, Kenneth Ross (13)37, Tom Paterson (17) 37 and Charlie Jack (15)37. Harold Dykes if you can remember, floated around the course in his buggy and even appeared as thus during the last Open at Turnberry when he surprised some who thought he may be contending as he still had his clubs with him.


A rather long winded discourse on golf by Bobby Jones ‘On the golf course, a man may be the dogged victim of inexorable fate, be struck down by an appalling stroke of tragedy, become a hero of unbelievable melodrama, or the clown in a side splitting comedy-any of these within a few hours, and all without having to bury a corpse or repair a tangled personality’. Whew! And to think that I have DVDs of his golf lessons without realizing that I could become involved in all the above.


Well we must feel very sorry for the ladies who lost to the Americans in the Solheim Cup and we can now perhaps overlook the unfortunate circumstances surrounding that unfortunate putt.

Mind you Charley Hull can come and cry on my shoulder any time she likes and I will be happy to party with Paula Creamer of the American team. All that is very unlikely, but it is important to have dreams.

The ladies have had a lot to cope with this year what with being allowed into the R&A and the merger of the SLGA with the SGU to form the SGL. But I am sure that they can cope and suppose it will not be long before they are running everything.

Time passes and we must start considering the winter before us. We are hopefully looking forward to an Indian summer to enable us to catch up with the golf we missed due to bad weather we had earlier on. There are some golf clubs in the Turnberry Academy which have grips so shaped to force the player to hold the club in the correct manner. Very good for the golfer starting out, but my grip has been in its peculiar way for so long that I dare not change it. But for the potential tournament winner starting out they are well worth a try. Enjoy your golf, but keep the waterproofs handy.

Turnberry Golf Club ladies section held their autumn meeting last week.

Silver Division: 1st Mrs. C. Andrew (20) 76 bih 2nd Miss E. Heggie (11) 76 3rd Mrs. M. Foster (19) 77; Bronze Division: 1st Mrs. E. Hannah (26) 71 2nd Mrs. J. Morgan (21) 77 3rd Mrs. A. Greenall (22) 80

Lifeboat Competition

Silver Division: 1st Mrs. S. Kemp (15) 73 2nd Miss E. Heggie (11) 74 3rd Mrs. L. Brown (20) 83; Bronze Division: 1st. Mrs. C. McCrindle (21) 82 2nd Miss M. Kelly (26) 84 3rd Mrs. E. Hannah (24) 90