On the Fairways with Bill Tait

Scotland's Sandy Lyle who won the 1988 Masters with an incredible bunker shot on the final hole.
Scotland's Sandy Lyle who won the 1988 Masters with an incredible bunker shot on the final hole.
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The weather is improving and many more are venturing on to golf course to play in the various competitions.

The Turnberry Golf Club’s David J. Logan Trophies are competed for over two rounds covering both Scratch and Handicap sections. The Handicap trophy this year went to Duncan Kerr nett 68+76=144 followed by Darwin Johnstone 71+74=145, Scott Brown 76+71=147 and Gordon Boyle 69+78=147. In the scratch section the winner was Scott Brown 74+69=143 followed by Gordon Boyle 69+78=147 and Steven Stamper 77+71=148.

The Turnberry gents Wednesday medal on 9th April resulted in a win for Richard Johnstone (17)63 followed by Duncan Kerr (5)73, and Justin Horne (8)73.

The Turnberry Staff held their March medal on the 24th. and 25th. March and I am led to believe that the weather was terrible, or so my caddy master informs me. Well the overall winner was Willie McMeikan (1)70 followed by Robert Galloway (8)84 so the weather could not have been all that bad as vouchsafed by Peter Doig who won division 3 on (15)86.

The Girvan members played for the Cockburn medal last Saturday and I understand that there are some good scores in. This is the oldest trophy in the Club’s trophy cabinet dating back to 1872, so I will be advising next week who played well enough to get their name engraved amongst all those other elite golfers.


A rather frustrated remark made by Bobby Jones on losing a 72 hole world championship match to Walter Hagen. ‘When a man misses his drive, and then misses his second shot, and then wins the hole with a birdie, it really gets my goat’. Well you can understand it as golf is not really about ‘How’ but ‘How many’. But it is always nicer to play good shots even though the bad ones may finish in better positions.


I, like most golfers have followed the Masters with great interest and in particular noticed that there was not one revetted bunker to be seen on the course. Even round the greens the bunkers are as they were originally on every golf course. The Sandy Lyle bunker at the 18th hole is enormous and all credit to Sandy for getting on the green with a seven iron. That is how I feel fairway bunkers should be, a challenge to play whatever club you feel comfortable with and not just a sand wedge to get out. Mind you the bunker in front of the fourth green on the Ailsa course was once upon a time all sand right up the face, and if you were in it you were in so deep that you could not even see the top of the flag. I can also remember the time when the sea encroached on that hole quite considerably when the tide was in.

I do not often agree with Peter Alliss, but I certainly applaud his remark about the Augusta course being originally designed to meet Bobby Jones idea of an invitational tournament that would give the competitors an enjoyable round of golf in good company, instead of one that presents greens not found anywhere else in golf. Perhaps that is what the current organizers want, a course which is unique and not one played for fun. . Lee Westwood is a superb player from tee to green, but from his puzzled looks seems to find the greens incomprehensible. It seems that luck instead of skill is paramount on the greens.

Well those are my thoughts and I can assure you that if ever the chance of playing the course came my way I would jump at it, but only for the one game. However, I cannot detract from the pleasure of watching the Masters and praising the efforts of all the competitors.

Remember to go out and enjoy your golf, the greens at Turnberry and Girvan are tricky enough without adding to them the perplexities of the Augusta greens.