On the Fairways with Bill Tait

With all this good weather you may be amazed at the sight of so many different varieties of shorts appearing on a golf course. They usually have enough pockets in them to hide an arsenal of tees, golf balls, pencils, water bottles plus an assortment of other golfing paraphernalia. .

The Girvan ladies held their Open competition for the Kelco Plate last Wednesday and they had a very good turnout proving what a popular and well run tournament this is. The front of the clubhouse was bedecked with flowers and honorary member Betty Girvan was inside selling raffle tickets. There was an excellent turnout in good weather, except for the last few contestants who had a small shower of rain at the very end but Kathleen Thomson proved that this did not affect her golf as she won the prize for the longest bronze drive and came second in the bronze division.. Roz McCulloch had the longest silver drive whilst Catharine McCrindle and Roz McCulloch tied for nearest the pin at the 10th hole. However the scratch trophy was picked up by Elinor Heggie of Girvan Golf Club on 79 with the main trophy, The Kelco Plate going to Norma Sadler of Shropshire on nett 64. Norma is a member of a course in Shropshire but when on holiday in the Girvan area she plays out of Brunston Castle. There was an excellent turnout for the prize giving and Ladies Captain Anne Bush thanked her Committee for all their hard work in particular Roz McCulloch and Elinor Heggie, thanks also went to Margaret and Stan for providing all the refreshments and of course to everyone who competed as without them there would not be a tournament.

The Girvan gents competed for the Dalquharran Cup on Sunday 29th. June with the best score coming from John McKie (20)60 followed by David Inglis (11)61, Jim Crawford (13)62, Willie McMeikan (1)62 and Dan Lavery (19)62. Willie McMeikan had the best scratch score of the round.

With all the bad weather we had at the beginning of the year a number of competitions were postponed and the re-arranged dates are as follows:- Harry Steel 15th. 22nd. and 29th. July, the February Medal 5th. August March Medal 12th. August with the Finnie’s Shield on Saturday 19th. July. A notice will be on the club notice board advising these dates.

The Scottish Golf Union have issued every member whose home club is Girvan Golf Club with a registration card. These are presently in the club room and may be picked up from any member of the Committee.

The Bargany Cup which is one of Turnberry’s oldest trophies was originally between Ballantrae Golf Club, Girvan Golf Club and Turnberry Golf Club with unfortunately Ballantrae Golf Club not surviving much beyond the second world war. The competition now includes Girvan and Turnberry Club members and is held over the Turnberry courses and this year was won by David Semple beating Kevin Doyle in the final.

Turnberry gents competed in round one of the Colin Clark Tournament last Saturday bringing in Chris Savage (13)71 in first place followed by Stewart Allan (7)72, Bill Hendry (2)72 and Ian Ivory (9)72.


Robert Harris in a book he wrote some sixty years ago stated that ‘The sages of the past averred that at least three parts of a golfer’s difficulties were mental. It was apparent that this was a reasonable assumption’.

Bobby Jones, who needs no introduction from me commented that ‘Competitive golf is played mainly on a five and a half inch course, the space between your ears’. So there you have it, be confident and let your opponent see how confident you are and you will play like Walter Hagen who always liked to dominate his opponents in match play.


Gregor Mackintosh, Vice Captain of Girvan Golf Club and a member of Turnberry green staff has been seconded to Hoylake green staff for the duration of the Open. Gregor has recently returned from a six month stint with the Royal Melbourne green staff in Australia so he is becoming a very experienced green keeper. Well done Gregor I hope you enjoy your stint at Hoylake and that you get a chance to watch the golf.

I hear that all the shelters on the Turnberry Ailsa Course have been taken down. Now we appreciate that every time Donald Trump has appeared at Turnberry he has brought good weather with him.. But before we start checking his diary before going out to play perhaps on one of his visits he may be treated to rain which may make him change his mind. I can remember sitting in one of these shelters for the best part of an hour with thunder, lightening and torrential rain keeping me and my playing partner under cover. Just a comment but I will wait and see whether Mr. Trump’s philosophy will keep the course dry.

They say that the easiest shot in golf is the fourth putt. However a tale well known to many is that of Brian Barnes a very well known professional golfer who was a great character both on and off the course. He was on the 8th green in the 1968 French Open with a 3 foot putt for par. Something must have happened, which I dread should ever happen to me, as a few minutes later he sank the putt for an eleven. To make matters even worse he was then awarded a two stroke penalty for standing astride the line of his last putt. O woe upon woe, the mind shudders at the thought of it, but do not let it upset you and go out and enjoy your golf.