Plenty of golf played despite the weather

Despite the weather the Girvan Ladies have been playing plenty of golf.

On 6th May in the monthly medal flag brooch Roz McCulloch came in to win on (10)74 followed by Cath Ramsay (18)77 and Isobel Connor (21)78.

In the Handicap Trophy played on 14th May Wilma McDade won with (16)72 followed by Veronica Hamilton (21)76.

On Wednesday 20th May the Girvan Ladies were entertained by the Maybole ladies to a match at Maybole which the Girvan Ladies won. Afterwards the Girvan Ladies were entertained by their hosts to soup and sandwiches which were very well received.

The Girvan Ladies returned to their own course the following day to compete for the Cancer Trophy which was won by Cecilia Finan net 73 followed by Roz McCulloch net 75 and Elinor Heggie net 76.

Meanwhile last Sunday the Girvan gents competed for the Ford McCartney trophy which was won by John McKie (18)61 followed by James Baillie (10)64, M. Campbell (9)65 and Alan Copland (10)67. Stuart White had the best scratch score of the round with 73.

The Turnberry golf members were out on 24th May competing in the Crawford Cup which is open to both ladies and gents. The winner was Duncan Kerr (5)71 who also had the best scratch score. Duncan was followed by Roddy Gardner (10)74 with Anne McKenzie and Sylvia Kemp in joint third place. On 30th. May the Turnberry gents competed for the Walker Cup which brought in as winner Darwin Johnstone (5)70 followed by Scott Clare (3)72, Steven Stamper (+1)72 AND Harry Cowan Jr. (19)72. Steven Stamper had the best scratch score of the round with 71.


Back in 1974 Leonard Thompson hit a magnificent sand wedge to stony silence and said ’If the crowd won’t applaud for me, I will have to do it myself’.

Johnny Miller after scoring a 39 in the front nine of the Bing Crosby National Pro-am in 1975 ‘If I had been in the gallery, I’d have gone home.’ Two quotes from top professional golfers playing the game for a living.


What can I say about the weather except that it stayed dry long enough for me to cut the grass. But it is not just the rain it has been very cold as well.

I have been reading a book on the golden rules of golf, one of which covers how to celebrate the right way. If you hole a 15 foot putt on the last green to win the club championship you will wish to celebrate in some way.

However you do not want your win to be remembered by club members for some ludicrous gesture made by you as the putt drops into the hole. In the 1990 US Open Hale Irwin had a monster putt on the 72nd.

Green to take the clubhouse lead. The ball seemed to take forever to cross the green and when it finally dropped into the hole Irwin set off on a mad dash around the gallery hooping, hollering and high-fiving.

Not the done thing, but as Irwin had not won a major for eleven years and had become the oldest winner of the US Open perhaps he had some justification.

The book suggests that on winning the club championship don’t throw your ball into the gallery, because there isn’t one, don’t stand still with both arms raised for more than three seconds and above all do not start crying. Just a few tips to keep you aware of the right approach to glorious victory.