On the Fairways with Bill Tait

Ian Poulter will once again be one of Europe's key men in the Ryder Cup.
Ian Poulter will once again be one of Europe's key men in the Ryder Cup.

With all this good weather and the course in excellent condition Girvan golfers have been catching up on the competitions postponed earlier in the season.

The Bon Accord trophy was won by Malcolm Swan, Jim Lafferty and Don Malcolm on nett 54.2 followed by Jim Cameron, David Inglis and Jim Madden on 55.2.

In the final of the Glendoune Cup, a fourball match play knock out competition, Alec Kerr and Jim Cameron beat James Baillie and Garry Hilliard to collect this fine trophy donated to the Club by John Broadfoot when he was running the Glendoune Garage.

The Girvan Golf Club gents Two’s Competition was won by Steven Johnstone with 22 twos followed by Stuart White 17 and Willie McMeikan 14.

Turnberry Golf Club gents Wednesday Medal resulted in a win for Martin Rennie (4)67 followed by D. Carr (8)71, Richard Johnstone (14)73 and Martin Pitman (5)73.

On 7th. September Turnberry Gents played in the Champion tees event over the Kintyre course which brought in Tom Wason with a winning score of (9)71followed by Ian Walker (1)73 and Gordon Boyle (+1)75.


Bobby Jones quoted in 1960 ‘I had held a notion that I could make a pretty fair appraisal of the worth of an opponent simply by speaking to him on the first tee and taking a good measuring look into his eyes.’

I hope that our Ryder Cup team are aware of this as it could make all the difference. Imagine trying to outstare Ian Poulter, he would not stand still long enough for a penetrating stare and as for trying to talk him out of his game, he would no doubt reverse the process.

The ‘Detroit News’ discussing this match play event stated. ‘ The format of the Ryder Cup was no doubt devised by somebody with the shrewd sense of the sadistic.’ An American newspaper obviously unaware of the true purpose of match play as defined by Sergio Garcia who stated ‘Match play is so much more fun than stroke play’. A lot of golfers enjoy pitting themselves against a playing partner who they can relate to.


Just imagine what life would be like if the Scots had not invented golf and taken it around the world. Gleneagles would have cows and sheep wandering around the fairways instead of golf balls from both sides of the Atlantic trying to find their way into small holes in the ground.

Donald Trump would have no excuse to come over here with his vast wealth to build and buy golf courses. What would footballers do with their spare time after training and what excuse would we have for arriving home late when we could not blame the slow fourball in front?

The hallowed turf at St. Andrews would no doubt have had housing and hotels built on it, and there would have been no need to have a vote to allow ladies into the sacred confines of the R.&.A. .

The mind boggles at the thought of what would be missing in our lives if it had not been for those people, many centuries ago, who gave up archery at their peril to strike a small white ball around a field. Old Tom Morris is to be thanked for the dignity and skill he brought to the game making it attractive to so many, even to the nobility and ladies and gentlemen from all walks of life.

Golf comprises a modest walk around a field trying to hit the ball less times than your opponent before it reaches the prescribed hole in the ground. It sounds so simple, but try it and see how you get on.

Remember golf started as match play and I feel that it is more fun played that way. Stroke play was introduced so that more people could compete in a competition, as match play knock out competitions would limit the number of contestants and take too long to complete.

I can boast a little after Ayr United’s conclusive win over Brechin away last Saturday by four goals to two. I understand that the score was a little flattering but we seem to have got a good ‘un in Craig Beattie to score the goals, but I feel that we still need a good steady central defender as Martin Campbell is prone to injury.

However we have Airdrie at home this coming Saturday and although they are bottom of the division we must not take them too lightly.

With all this good weather about we should take every chance we can get to play golf, as I have a feeling that we are in for a severe winter.