On the Fairways with Bill Tait

Jack Nicklaus, who holds the all time men's golf major record with 18 wins.
Jack Nicklaus, who holds the all time men's golf major record with 18 wins.

It is incredible to think that we will be in September very shortly, but we cannot complain after the summer we have had although we would like this good weather to continue for another six months. However even the plants need a rest and winter time is when they gather their strength for another successful spring and summer

The Girvan gents competed for the Millennium Cup last week with Steven Johnston winning with (5)62 also providing the lowest gross score of the round. Steven was followed by Joel McCluskey (10)68 and Alex Kerr also on (14)68.

The Girvan August Medal was played on 20th August bringing in G. Wilson (9)63 followed by John McDowall (11)64, Jim Cameron also on (12)64, with Billy McLatchie, Andy MacFarlane and Bob Cronie all on nett 65. S. Johnston had the best score of the round with a 71.

Last Thursday the Girvan ladies had a good turnout for their Captain’s Prize which only goes to prove how popular Anne Bush is and how well her year as Captain has gone. Well I am not aware of what the actual prizes were but Susan Low came in to win the Captain’s Prize with an excellent nett score 63 followed by Elinor Heggie who had a better inward half than Isobel Connor both on nett 66. Elinor Heggie won the prize for being nearest the pin. The competition was followed by a sociable light supper in the clubhouse and all the ladies were impressed and appreciated at how well Margaret and her willing helpers had managed under difficult circumstances.

Over at Turnberry on 21st. August another round of the Sunset Tournament was played which finished with Alan Connor (3)71, Jack Galloway (9)73, Kevin Doyle (10)80 and Chris Savage (12)80 all qualifying.


Peter Jacobson a former US Ryder Cup player once stated that ‘The only difference between an amateur and a professional is that we call a shot that goes from left to right a fade whilst an amateur calls it a slice’. We have all done several of those but I consider a big slice an over-fade, much easier to accept.

Jack Nicklaus on how he started in golf ‘The first thing I learned was to swing hard and never mind where the ball went.’ I remember a professional golfer telling me that was what his tutor told him to do when he started in golf, so as to build up big muscles.


Well did Ayr Utd not do well beating second place Forfar 2-0 last Saturday. Mind you they left it very late to score both goals and I was accepting a draw before Ayr scored.

I read once, and believe it as it sounds reasonable, that it is easier to perform certain actions better if we are not conscious of what we are doing. The best competitors in golf, practice their swing enough to be able to do it sub-consciously, putting everything into motion without the distraction of having to think what the swing consists of.. Just think about it, if when taking a swing you have to think about a straight left arm, also keeping your head still and not sway plus keeping a smooth follow through, you will be lost in thought before the club ever strikes the ball if it ever does.. Just let it all flow in a sub-conscious fashion but always consciously go right through the ball. All this is to help you to enjoy the game particularly as the weather has been so very encouraging. .