On the Fairways: Club champions at Girvan and Turnberry

Roz McCulloch (Left) was the Girvan Ladies champion and she's alongside Anne Bush (Ladies Captain) Isobel Connor (winner of the new Gary Bryden trophy) and Catharine McCrindle the bronze trohpy winner.
Roz McCulloch (Left) was the Girvan Ladies champion and she's alongside Anne Bush (Ladies Captain) Isobel Connor (winner of the new Gary Bryden trophy) and Catharine McCrindle the bronze trohpy winner.

Well last week has certainly been a championship week with the ladies and gents of both Girvan and Turnberry Golf Clubs contesting their respective championships.

I will start with the Girvan Club and of course with the ladies whose final round was completed on Wednesday with, I believe, not one lady coming in with the same number of balls in their bag as they started out with. In the bronze section Wilma Cavens had the best score in the first round, Catharine McCrindle the second round and Sandra Deeney the third round. Roz McCulloch had the best score in the silver section for all three rounds. Lynda Gordon was nearest the pin at the selected hole in the final round. Jim Bryden, Gary Bryden’s father has presented both sections of the Club with a trophy to be competed for annually in memory of Gary. The ladies have decided that their trophy would go to the competitor who had the best nett score over the three rounds of the championship and that went to a delighted Isobel Connor. The Bronze trophy went to Catharine McCrindle with Sandra Deeney runner up.

However the champion for the night went to someone who has been knocking on the door for many years and this year the door opened for Roz McCulloch to become Girvan Ladies Champion for 2015. Elinor Haggie was runner-up and no doubt the door will open for her one of these years.

There were complaints from all and sundry over the unnecessary difficulty of the course, but a lot of credit went to ladies captain Anne Bush who has made a great job of the Captaincy and organizing the championship despite the many difficulties.

A lot of members received prizes as a good tournament should deliver, so many went home with a smile on their face, but none bigger than that of Roz McCulloch Girvan Ladies Club Champion. Well done to all who took part.

On Friday the Girvan Gents Championship came to a finale with thirty five taking part. The competitors again had some difficulty in posting good scores due to the rough on the course, but a lot soldiered on to complete the competition. The second class shield went to Michael White with four rounds totaling 320 followed by Willie McCluskey 323 and Ian Alexander 334. The net Trophy winner was Paul McCluskey nett 260 for the four rounds. In the first class Kyle Catling came in third on 294, in second place Steven Johnston 285 with the Girvan Golf Club Championship going to Club Captain Gregor Mackintosh on 275. Gregor is currently in the Police force stationed at Cumnock but took the week off to play in the Championship. James Baillie, Club vice-captain presented Gregor with the trophy who accepted it stating how pleased he was to be up on the Club notice board along with such eminent multi champions as Gary Bryden and Stuart White. Gregor Mackintosh thanked his playing partners, Jack Galloway for cleaning the trophies, Match Secretary Robert McMaster for his hard work in organizing the tournament and of course Margaret Milligan and her helpers for all the refreshments.

The opportunity was taken to present the T.&.H. McCrindle Foursome Trophy which has been in existence since 1977. Tom and Hugh sponsor prizes for the winners and runners up with Catharine McCrindle on hand to make the presentation. The winners for 2015 were Darren Bye and John MacLachlan, with runners up David Inglis and Andy MacFarlane

The Turnberry Championship is played in a match play knockout format with the final two competitors in each section tussling for their respective titles on the final day. This took place last Sunday with, in the Ladies Bronze Section Anne Grant beating Linda Henderson to become Bronze Champion whilst Liz Brown beat Eileen Munro to become Turnberry Ladies Club Champion for 2015. In the gents section Chris Savage beat John Foster to become second class champion whilst Gordon Boyle beat Patrick Norris to become Turnberry Gents Club Champion for 2015.

Congratulations to all the winners and well done to all who took part.

In Turnberry’s qualifying round for the Sunset tournament Alan Connor (3)75, John Broadfoot (5)76 and David McCubbin (20)80.


Jack Nicklaus ‘I don’t think I can ever be another Arnold Palmer. No one could. He can hitch up his pants or yank on a glove and people will start oohing and aahing. When I hitch up mine nobody notices’.

Henry Longhurst on Arnold Palmer ‘His epitaph might well be “Here lies Arnold Palmer. He always went for the green”’


Well that was the week that was with both our local golf club championships coming to fruition. Turnberry competitors have the whins to contend with, whilst the Girvan competitors have the thickest densest rough you may ever see on a golf course. At least if you put a ball into the whins you can dismiss it, but you do expect to have a reasonable chance of finding a ball in the rough.

Well we march forward to the second part of the golf season with the days becoming shorter but nevertheless hopefully good golfing weather to come. So keep the clubs clean and the bag with enough golf balls to get you round the course.