On the Fairways with Bill Tait

Even the legendary Lee Trevino had bad days on the course.
Even the legendary Lee Trevino had bad days on the course.

The good weather continues which may make the Girvan Ladies wish to continue their season despite the fact that their competitions are now winding down. The September medal was won by Sandra Deeney nett 67 followed by Jenny Morgan and Lynda Gordon both on nett 68 with Jenny having the better inward half. However in the Flag Competition it was Lynda Gordon who won with four shots left of her handicap after 18 holes followed by Roz McCulloch in second place with Sandra Deeney in third place. The ladies have had a very successful season with a lot of new faces amongst the prizes,. that is not to say that there have not been some of the old faithfuls there as well, but it is always nice to see some new faces collecting a few of the trophies.

The Girvan gents competed for the September medal bringing in Tam Scobie as winner on (13)61 with David Inglis (10) also on 61 but on a better inward half the medal went to Tam Scobie. They were followed by Garry Milligan (15)62, Jim Fyfe Jnr. (7)62 and A Peter (24)62. Stuart White had the best scratch score of the competition with 64.


Herman Mitchell was offering a few words of advice to Lee Trevino whose bag he was carrying back in 1982 ‘Don’t worry about it. Everybody has bad days, the Chairman of the board has bad days, multimillionaires have bad days and even the Pope has bad days’.

I wonder if that cheered him up.

Andrew Kirkaldy back in 1900 ‘I am hitting the ball like a damn polka dancer-first off the heel, then off the toe.’ Something that we have all experienced at one time or another.


I would most certainly like to add my congratulations to Robbie Allan for his golfing achievements as reported in last week’s Gazette. A more worthy winner you could not find as Robbie is a very nice young man without any pretensions, who just loves playing golf. Well done Robbie Allan I am sure that a lot more trophies will come your way.

We all know the story of Douglas Bader who lost his legs in a plane crash then went on to fly spitfires in the second world war. However long before Bader’s time there was another determined young man who had trouble with his legs. Ernest Jones was born in 1887 and by the age of 18 was the assistant professional at Chiselhurst Golf Club in Kent, .becoming the head professional by the time he was 25. He was a dedicated golfer and when called up for the first world war he served in the Royal Fusiliers during which time he lost his right leg below the knee due to a grenade explosion. You would have thought that would have been the end of his golfing career, however driven by an iron determination he scored.83 over the Royal Norwich Golf Course on one leg and in 1920 went round the very difficult Clayton Golf Course in 72. Up until then it was considered that to go round a golf course at the highest level one had to have all the various body parts intact and functioning in perfect harmony. All Jones’s scores were done standing on one leg, but he would eventually receive a prosthetic leg allowing him to play on the European Tour. However Ernest Jones specialised in teaching the golf swing both to professionals and amateurs alike on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1977 due his guts and determination to overcome his problems and to pass on his knowledge to others he was inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame. It is a pity that he had to wait until he was 90 to receive this well earned recognition. So there you are if you are having a bad time on the course think of Ernest Jones and try hitting the ball standing on your left leg. It is very obvious that Ernest Jones loved playing golf and would not let anything stand in the way of his enjoyment