On the Fairways with Bill Tait

Ben Hogan who is widely regarded as having the best golf swing of all time.
Ben Hogan who is widely regarded as having the best golf swing of all time.

Well the rain is a little warmer this week so the Girvan ladies ventured forth onto the course braving the conditions to compete for the Arran Rosebowl which was won by Susan Low on 35 Stableford points followed by Sandra Deeney 34 points. These ladies although new to the Club have proved their worth by winning club competitions and will no doubt help the team in inter club matches.

The Girvan gents competed for the first round of the Swee Trophy with Robert McMaster leading the field on (7)62 from Billy McLatchie also on (7)62 the position determined by virtue of a better inward half. Simon Whyte came in third on (17)84. Stuart White had the best scratch score of 67.

On the 11th. May in the Bob Tait Trophy John McDowall came in to win (11)61 followed by Robert McMaster (6)62 with Jack Galloway, Alan Gaff, Martin Lothian and Davie Hill all on nett 63. Again Stuart White had the best scratch score this time with 68.

The golfing season is now well under way and it is hoped that the Girvan Club will be able to catch up on the fixtures missed whilst the course was under water.


Ben Hogan who does not need any further introduction from me stated ‘Hitting a golf ball and putting have nothing in common. They are two different games. You work all your life to perfect a repeating swing that will get you to the greens, and then you have to do something that is totally unrelated. There shouldn’t be any cups, just flagsticks, and then the man who hits the most fairways and greens, and gets closest to the flagstick would be the tournament winner.’

Hmm! that could take a lot of thought and measurement to work out and it would be very difficult to calculate who was the winner.

Although I am not a good putter I think that we should stick to the current method, but the holes could be just a bit bigger.


Having been present at both the home and away playoffs against Cowdenbeath I appreciate that if they are the second worst team in the Championship division then if by some quirk of fate Ayr had managed to win and go up into that division I would be depressed next season at the amount of games we would lose. The game had barely started when Cowdenbeath scored in something like 9 seconds without an Ayr player even touching the ball. Cowdenbeath had a sound organized defence where in contrast one wonders if Ayr bothered with a defence, so haphazard were they. Well enough of that I can only now look forward to next season at Somerset Park appreciating how sumptuous it is compared to Central Park Cowdenbeath.

We now go to the golf course and wonder what changes Donald Trump proposes for the Kintyre Course. I appreciate that he wants to stamp his own personality on Turnberry and not being able to change the Ailsa Course he now looks to the Kintyre Course. This is the course that came into being recently by redesigning the old Arran course.into two courses, one an 18 holes Kintyre and the other the 9 holes Arran. But naturally at the amount Trump is investing he will want to put his own style onto at least one of the courses and we can accept that it will not necessarily be a bad thing as he surrounds himself with experts in golf hotels and courses otherwise he would not be the multi millionaire that he is.

Consequently we can appreciate that the alterations will be done with some decorum and hopefully this will include doing away with all the revetting of fairway bunkers. After all Trump is an American and they do not bother with revetting in that part of the world. Just wishful thinking on my part as we shall just have to wait and see..