On the Fairways with Bill Tait

Well we are into summer and golfers are enjoying a game designed for everyone.

However we now come to the results of the Girvan Golf Club team who have done so well to reach Division 2 in the Ayrshire Summer Scratch League have made a start to their season with the following results. Girvan suffered a defeat against Caprington at home 4/2 on 4th. May.

Against West Kilbride away Girvan lost 6/0 on 30th May, then against Caprington away Girvan won 4/2 on 1st June. The remaining fixtures for the team are as follows; Ardeer away Friday 13th June, Prestwick St Nicholas away Friday 27th June, Bellisle away Friday 11th July, Prestwick St Nicholas at home Sunday 13th July, Belleisle at home Friday 18th July,West Kilbride at home Friday 1st August and Ardeer at home Sunday 17th August.

A fixture list will be on the club notice board and the club members wish their team every success in the remaining fixtures.

Last Sunday the Girvan gents competed in the June Medal which was won by W. McClymont (16)59 followed by Ian Alexander (17)61, J. Madden (10)61 and James Baillie (9)62. Jim Brown had the best scratch score of the day with a 69.

The Girvan Ladies June Medal played on Thursday 5th. June was won by Isobel Connor Nett 69 with Susan Dow Nett 73 runner up. Nice to see Isobel up again on the winning podium.

At Turnberry last Sunday the ‘Tait Salver’ a mixed foursome was played with the winning score of 34 points coming from John and Margaret Foster followed by Clive Douglas and Esther Fitzgerald as runners up with 27 points. It was a very windy day with just one shower and scoring was difficult.

This is one competition I have always taken part in with the intention of getting my name on the Salver. I have come in second on a few occasions but despite picking a good partner we were unable do the business. Still there is always next year.

The Turnberry Staff Club held played for the Ailsa Trophy over the 1st and 2nd June naturally over the Ailsa Course and I understand that the weather was not conducive to good golf.

However it was a very close competition at the top with Gary Bryden (0)77 winning by virtue of a better inward half from Kenny MacAskill (+1)77. Ciar Porciani won Division 1 on (0)84 Will Barker Division 2 (12)78, just one off the main trophy, followed by John Dunlop and Keir McSorley both on nett 83. Peter Doig on (16)86 won Division 3 from Jimmy Fleming (20)88. The Turnberry Staff Club competitions are played over more than one day to give all members a chance to compete allowing for their shifts.


‘It is a law of nature that everyone plays a hole badly when playing through’. Bernard Darwin putting into print what every golfer who has played through the game in front has experienced.

‘You must NOT blow your nose when your opponent is addressing the ball’ Henry Longhurst pointing out what gamesmanship covers.


Some Girvan golfers have had more on their minds lately than golf. Chairman Jack Galloway has become a grandfather after daughter Glenda delivered twins. Jack we understand is coping well under the circumstances of becoming a grandfather of twins.

Kenny Morgan’s partner Aileen presented him with a son to be company for their daughter. Congratulations to all concerned it is nice to see that the future of the junior section of the Club will be in safe hands.

I have recently been loaned a book on golf in which the author puts his interpretation on the game down in print. Mind you with television and the internet it is a wonder that we have time for reading books on the subject, but more books on golf seem to come on to the shelves each year.

The author, Tony Dear, comments that it is easy to ridicule golf and golfers considering the cost of the clothes they wear and the expensive equipment they use that is unlikely to make much difference to their game and could be spent on many other things. However he goes on to say that golf is a great opportunity to get out into the sunshine? Meet new people with a similar interest and wear bad shorts.

All this is true but the pleasure of going round a course taking less shots than last time and hitting a few good and even fewer great shots brings us back time after time. Anticipation, expectation or whatever you want to call it is a great motivator and we stand on the first tee with thoughts of past glories in mind. It does not matter if you have a bad round because you know that the next round will be a lot better.

This book has some very interesting facts about golf, and brings a twist of humour to them and the golfers who sometimes spend more time in the bar than they do on the course. I will divulge some of Tony Dear’s insights into the game over the next few weeks, you never know but it may help you play better golf or at least help you to enjoy it more.