On the Fairways with Bill Tait

Adam Scott winning the 2013 Masters and being helped into his Green Jacket by 2012 winner Bubba Watson
Adam Scott winning the 2013 Masters and being helped into his Green Jacket by 2012 winner Bubba Watson
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Golfers are enjoying the spring type weather even though it is interspersed with rain.

One has to pick your way carefully along the ninth fairway of the Girvan golf course, but at least it means that the Club can try and play competitions.

Last Sunday in very wet and windy weather the Girvan Golf Club gents played their April medal. It was so windy that one competitor complained that he had hit a good drive and a good six iron and was still short of the eighth green. There were a number of nil returns, but of those who did battle their way around the course was Martin Lothian who came in to win (11)66 a very good score, followed by Jim Fyfe Jnr. (8)68, K. Smith (23)70, Jim Brown and David Mair both on nett 71 with Jim Lafferty and Billy McLatchie on nett 72.. Needless to say Willie McMeikan came in with the best scratch score of 74. .

For the past three years Girvan Golf Club has had a very successful team in the Ayrshire Summer Scratch League winning the fifth, fourth and third division titles in succession to go up into the second division for 2014. The team are in need of some fresh talent and ideas to maintain this progress, and all the present members and any other Club members who may be interested in playing are asked to attend a meeting in the Club’s Committee room on Wednesday 23rd. April at 6.30pm.


In 1899 Henry Leach wrote in ‘The Golf Temperament’ ‘’We are told that the great golfer is born and not made; and it is held by the best authorities that success in golf is very largely due to the possession of the right temperament for the game.

Generally speaking, that is a cold phlegmatic sort of temperament, one that permits of its possessor remaining unmoved and steadily persevering towards his objective despite a multitude of disturbing elements by which he may be surrounded, and not withstanding the most outrageous ill-fortune which he may be afflicted.’’ Whew!

Is that all, does it mean that all the practicing I do means nothing if I do not have the right temperament. Now how do I achieve the right temperament? All suggestions on a postcard.


I sat glued to the radio on Saturday afternoon only to be depressed by hearing of Ayr United constantly shooting themselves in the foot by losing yet again to a team they should have beaten. Ayr like Rangers have the players, so what is the problem?

Playing down the 8th. hole on the Girvan course with the Probus last Thursday we came across a dead hare in the rough on the left whilst searching for a ball.. Now I can only surmise that it was killed by a golf ball which is possible, but as it had been there for some time it was not our ball that killed it. The records show that back in June 1904 Captain Ferguson playing in the Edinburgh High Constables’ Competition on the Kilspindie course sent his ball deep into the rough and found that his ball had also hit and killed a hare. Perhaps Captain Ferguson was playing with the new Haskell one piece rubber cored golf ball introduced in 1898 otherwise it would have been a gutta-percha ball both of which I do not think are as hard as the present day one piece ball, so it must have hit the hare very hard on the head to have killed it.. Not to be outdone eleven year old Willie Fraser of Kingussie on 12th. August 1975, the first day of grouse shooting, killed a grouse with his tee shot on the local course. Whether this comes under the auspices of the grouse shooting season I do not know but it was certainly a birdie for the young lad.. In my early golfing days golf balls were expensive and easily cut, so I played down the fairway with a cut ball which I changed for a nearly new round clean ball on the green. The cut ball whistled as it went through the air so any hares or grouse would have been well warned of its coming.

Well the Masters will be upon us this week and much like the Grand National can throw up the unexpected. So who will win this year and don the famous green jacket, I leave that choice of wager to the experts. For me I find it great viewing, with the magnificent foliage giving a wonderful backdrop to the golf. However it is sad to learn that the Augusta course architect Alister Mackenzie died in near poverty, because due to the lack of funds to finance the project he was not paid all that he was entitled to. If only he could have seen what a wonderful tournament his course has given to the world. The only Major to always be played on the same course each year and again the only tournament in the Majors as all the others are Championships.

Well enough of my blethering, now that the sun is shining go out and enjoy your golf.