On the Fairways With Bill Tait

Turnberry Golf Club members have been busy of late, with the Wednesday medal on 29 September being won by John Dauthieu (9)70 followed by Dominic Booth (2)72, who in turn was followed by John Rutherford(16), Gordon Rodger (4), Gareth Rae (4) Philip Milne (17) and Bill Clare (14) all on nett 73

In the Turnberry Club’s Captain’s Prize, Gordon Boyle came in with the winning score of (+1) 34 Stableford points followed by Steven Lees (11)34 and Paul Ferguson (2)34.

In the Turnberry Club’s Wednesday medal on 9October D. Carr came in with (7)77 followed by Mark Houston (3)78, Jack Galloway (9)80 and Steven Stamper (+1)80.

The Girvan Golf Club’s Heneage Medal for all medal winners and runners up over the past year was competed for on the 5th October and won by Tam Scobie (15)64, who will now have his name engraved on this prestigious medal.

Tam was followed by Jim Fyfe Snr. (21)65, Richard McEvoy (14)65. In the October medal Jim Lafferty came in with the winning score of 42 Stableford points which, as mentioned last week, included a hole in one at the 18th. Jim was followed by Jim Cameron 41 points, Martin Smith and David Nelson both on 40 points,

The Girvan Club’s Gents Two’s Competition was won by Steven Johnston 18 twos followed by Willie McMeikan 16 two’s.

For all those interested in Facebook the Girvan Golf Club is now a member looking for friends. So when you next click on to Facebook look up the Girvan Golf Club’s input.

Congratulations to the Girvan Golf Club’s team in the Ayrshire Summer League, captained by Gary Bryden, who have won Division Three after their latest victory. They are promoted to the second division for next summer and we wish them every success. They have certainly put Girvan Golf Club and the Girvan course on the golfing map for all to see..


Dwight D. Eisenhower, a past President of the United States and a very keen golfer, was asked if his game had changed since leaving the White House: “Yes a lot of people beat me now.”

Jack Redmond, an American golfer: “I was playing once with the King of Samoa. I asked him what his handicap was.‘Six wives’ was the reply.’ That says it all, no doubt a game of golf was a relief for him unless, of course, his wives played.


Yes, we are in to October but the weather belies it. I was advised that we are due a very hard winter, but the weather has been very topsy -turvy of late so we shall just have to wait and see.

Ayr United comfortably beat East Fife last Saturday and gathered a valuable three points. I wonder whether this comment will pass the editor as last week’s mention about the Ayr United/Rangers game did not which shows where his sympathies lie. Teams like Ayr United are very important to football in Scotland as without them there would not be a football league. So you must support your local team particularly by turning up at home matches and spending money in the club shop which all helps to keep your team on a firm financial footing.

A little bit of golfing memorabilia. Harry Vardon’s first major victory came in 1896 when he won The Open. Throughout the competition Vardon played in dress shirt, tie, buttoned jacket and knickerbockers. He was the first golfer ever to ever play in knickerbockers and this became his signature attire for the whole of his illustrious career.. If only he could see what the current golfers wear he would no doubt be jealous of today’s waterproofs and clothing that allows such a free movement for the swing. But give another hundred years and players of that future period will no doubt have more vast improvements to help them and will be amazed at what we had to play the game in and with today. However, until that time comes we will just have to enjoy the game our way.