It is that time of year again when all the trophies won by golfers over the past year are presented and what better place to do this than in the clubhouse with a good meal to follow. Last Saturday the Girvan Golf Club gents did just that and a picture of all the prizewinners accompanies this article. It was nice to see so many juniors turn up and not only receive their prizes but stay for the meal.
The junior trophy winners were as follows: David Oliphant won the Springshield, The Derek Stewart trophy, the April and June medals plus being ‘Player of the Year’, Kyle Johnston- the Derek Connor Trophy which was his first win, Alex McCrindle- the J.H. Miller trophy, Kyle Brown-Simple Simon and David Butcher trophies plus the August medal. New member Kieron Beauchamp –The Kelco and the Westcliffe trophies, another new member David Gillespie won the Ronjo Trophy partnered by Roz McCulloch and also the September medal. Jamie Gaff won the handicap Junior Championship also the July medal. Robbie Allan was again Girvan Golf Club Junior champion also wining the Willie Cunningham trophy and the May medal.
Now we come to the seniors;- David Inglis-New Year Cup, T .&.H. McCrindle with Jim Cameron, 36 Hole Trophy plus the September medal. Alan Gaff was Handicap Champion plus winning the January,August,November and December monthly medals. Willie McMeikan- the Harry Steel scratch with B. McLatchie the nett, .Rab. Galloway- The Dryborough Cup, Bernie Mills and Andy Wilson-The Finnies Shield, Gary Hilliard –RNLI Shield, John McVitte-Cockburn medal, Dougie Hamilton-Girvan Seniors Quaich, Gregor Wilson-Alginate Bogey, Willie McDines-The Bob Tait, Stuart White- the George Robb and Doig Trophies, Paul Brown-The Swee and Andy Hay trophies, Martin Lothian-Alex Thomson, Martin Campbell-Grant Cup, D.Hill-Walter Linton, Steven Johnston-Ford McCartney and Two’s competition, James Baillie- W.D. McKie trophy, Jim Cameron-Dalquharren Cup, J. Galloway & J. McVittie-Gents Fourball, R. McEvoy-Ardmillan Cup, Jim Lafferty-Fergus McCrindle Cup. Graeme Andrew-Hendricks Gin, Robert Oliphant- Millenium Cup, Captain’s Prize- John McDowall, David Oliphant, Jamie McCrindle and Alex McCrindle-The Bon Accord trophy, Tam Scobie-The Heneage Medal and the Boxing Day competition, Martin Lothian & Ritchie Scott –Lloyd Wilson trophy, G. Stewart & S, Simpson-Glendoune Cup, Andy. Wilson - April Medal, Derek Earle –May medal, Gavin. Stewart-June & July medals, M. Campbell-October medal, The Club second class champion was Joel McCluskey and the Girvan Golf Club Champion for 2013 was Scott McCahill.
We must not forget to mention that the Girvan Golf Club Team won the third division of the Ayrshire Golf Association Summer Scratch Competition and will be playing in the second division next year. The Club Captain presented the trophy to the Girvan team and in the photograph are Stuart White, Kyle Catling, Gavin Stewart, Willie McMeikan, Kenny Morgan, Alan Gaff and Steven Stamper with Club Captain Jason Roberts in the middle. These of course were only the team members who attended the presentation, but the whole team are to be congratulated for their excellent performance throughout the summer.
An excellent meal was provided by ‘Maggie’s Pantry’ and Margaret Milligan and her staff were warmly thanked before everyone, winner or not wandered contentedly off home or wherever.
On Saturday 2nd. November the Turnberry medal was won by Patrick Norris (1)82 followed by Ken Miller (6)91 and Greg Jardine (9)91. The scores tell you a lot about the weather on thar day.
QUOTATIONS OF THE WEEK..
Victor Mature a famous American film star was on the golf course when his death was announced, he commented ’If that’s true, I’m the first dead man to make six double bogeys’.
Chi Chi Rodriguez a professional golfer who was never short of a quote ‘I really don’t like play offs. I feel sorry for the other guy if I win and feel worse if I lose.’
TALES FROM THE
Ayr United match with Stranraer was postponed last Saturday due to a cup tie and Girvan were playing away so no football for me on Saturday to comment upon..
I did mention last week that I would come up with some golfing items that would make good Christmas presents. Books are always welcome particularly when the weather is bad over winter months. ‘Tommy’s Honour’ is the life story of Old and Young Tom Morris, is well written in the style of a novel and is difficult to put down once you get started.
The ‘100 Greatest Golfers’ by Andy Farrell tells you a brief history of what he considers to be the hundred best golfers of all time including those that go back to the years of Allan Robertson, Harry Vardon et al and also includes ladies of note. A very interesting read although you may differ in your estimation of what order they should be in.
Most golfers can never have enough putters, as the last one they used putted three or four times at too many holes and a new one may provide a better performance until it also looses its flavour and finds itself in the loft among its predecessors.
Did you know that young Tom Morris was the youngest ever competitor in The Open at the age of fourteen years, four months and four days whilst Gene Sarazen.was the oldest Open competitor at the healthy age of seventy four years, five months and eight days.
That will give you something to think about as I have always commented on the fact that golf is available to all from the crib to the grave and this little bit of golfing trivia adds some validity to my comment. Whatever age you are go out and enjoy your golf in good company