On the Fairways with Bill Tait

Rory McIlroy kisses the claret jug after winning the Open in 2014.
Rory McIlroy kisses the claret jug after winning the Open in 2014.

A Very Happy New Year To all my readers, to golfers everywhere and to all supporters of the beleaguered Ayr United Football Club, the latter require a lot of sympathy ...

It is with great regret that the members of Girvan Golf Club learned of the sudden, unexpected death of golfer Gary Bryden. Gary was the Girvan Golf Club’s Champion as well as being the Ayrshire Golf Champion of Champions. Our condolences go out to his family at their loss. Gary will be sorely missed and the Girvan January medal last Sunday was postponed as a mark of respect.

The weather has not been conducive of late to getting out those new golf toys received over Christmas so I will give the results of the final competitions of 2014

The Girvan Golf Club’s December medal was won by Jack Galloway (9)33 Stableford points putting him firmly in the position to contest the next Heneage Medal. Jack was followed by Martin Lothian also on (9)33 points but with a poorer inward half for him.

Martin will also be in contention for the Heneage medal and was followed by Alan Gaff (5)31 and Jim Lafferty (10)29.

In the Christmas competition for some local spirits the winner was Tommy Stewart (19) 36 Stableford points followed by James Baillie (9)32, ken Smith (23)32, David Inglis (9)27, Dan Lavery (16)27 and Jim Cameron (11)25.

Well if you are awaiting the results of the New Year Cup you are out of luck as it was postponed due to the weather.

Over the next two weeks the postponed New Year Cup and January medal will be played and the re-arranged fixtures will be displayed on the Girvan Golf Club notice board.


P.G. Wodehouse, an author and fanatical golfer once stated ‘Golf….is the infallible test. the man who can go into a patch of rough alone, with the knowledge that only God is watching him, and play the ball where it lies, is the man who will serve you faithfully and well’. Well there you are you now know who to trust, and an expectant employer should consider testing any applicant for a position with his firm by taking them on to the golf course and valuating their true worth.


Well Ayr United surprised us on Saturday by playing better than they have since the beginning of the season and at times were the better team. However the referee seemed to favour Stranraer who came out winners 2-0. Playing Craig Beattie in the middle of the defence was a surprise which worked out very well until he was injured and had to be substituted. Still Ayr played good football in the second half and we can only hope that they can continue in that vein.