On the fairways with Bill Tait

Well Autumn approaches but we may still have some good golfing weather to look forward to as an Indian summer is forecasted.

At Turnberry the more mature golfers competed for the Harold Dykes Trophy where everyone who enters still gets their coffee paid for them after the round. Harold, although sadly no longer with us was quite a character, the last time the Open was played at Turnberry, on one of the practice day he could be seen going round the course in his buggy accompanied by his golf clubs. I do not know whether the visitors thought he was competing or a spectator. Anyway the winner of his competition for 2014 was Kenneth Ross (15) 43 Stableford points followed by David McCubbin (23) 41 points, David Pitman (16) 39 points as was Roddy Gardner off (11) with Iain Brown (14) 38 points. I do not know what Harold would have made of this very high scoring, but no doubt delighted that the competitors excelled themselves so well.

The final of the Sunset Trophy resulted in a win for Douglas Edgar (24)70 followed by Martin Brown (25)71, Tom Wason (9)72 and Jim Nicol (5)73.


Back in 1771 when UK’s debt was £129 million as against the billions it is today David Hume back in those early years stated ‘Our public debts will bring an inevitable ruin, and with a certainty which is beyond geometrical, because it is arithmetical’ Whew! I wonder if David Cameron has worked that out. No doubt many golfers are able to work out the arithmetical consequences when they collect their golf winnings even if it covers bets on birdies, oozlums, first half and second half plus game, a total which could make the tax man’s mouth water. Mind you Albert Einstein who was considered to have a brilliant mind stated ‘The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax’. Those who devised income tax must have realised that you can confuse some of the people all of the time, but not all of the people some of the time. I leave you to work that out, but golfers with minds able to understand the rules of golf, which are just as difficult to comprehend, must surely be able to come to terms with income tax.


We all probably remember Roberto De Vincenzo the famous Argentinean golfer, but really for the wrong reason. He is probably remembered as the man who in the 1968 Masters signed a card which had a four against one hole instead of a three which cost him a play-off for The Masters Trophy with Bob Goalby. His would be opponent was prepared to accept a play-off but the rules stated that as Roberto had signed for a higher score then it had to stand, and Bob Goalby was awarded the Masters. Roberto De Vincenzo gave the legendary quote ‘What a stupid I am’ and then continued with his life not blaming Tommy Aaron his playing partner for putting down the wrong score or anyone else. However there was more to Roberto De Vincenzo than that stupid mistake as he had won 230 titles worldwide, was a very popular man and a gentleman on and off the golf course. He was inducted into Golf’s Hall of Fame in1989, officially retired from the game in November 2006 when he was eighty three years of age, so there is hope for us old ‘uns yet and he is truly one of golf’s greats. Roberto had what was termed as a ‘drowsy swing’ which was thought to be due to being largely self taught as golf was in its infancy in Argentina in those days. I assume that it was a very slow easy swing which worked for him and may work for you. I must try it and see if it can get rid of those unmentionables which have been infecting my game of late. A story which is perhaps well known to some of us but truly well worth remembering, particularly the quote ‘What a stupid I am’ as I am sure that we could all have used it at one time or another.

The clubhouse at Girvan is coming along very well; and no doubt we shall shortly be given evidence as to its ability to withstand the wind and rain. In the meantime enjoy your refreshments there after a round of golf.