Remember never more than six waggles of the club

With all this hot weather golfers have been out in shorts and tee-shirts. But beware it can turn wet at any moment and a chilly wind may blow your golf balls and confidence away.

The Girvan ladies have again graced the Girvan course when on 19th. May competing for the Cancer Trophy Elinor Heggie (12)73 came in to win closely followed by Sandra Morland on (23)75.

Meanwhile the Girvan Gents competed for the Alex. Thomson Trophy with Bobby McLeish winning the handicap section on (6)62 followed by Paul McCluskey (5)63, Hugh Boyd (13)64, with John McDowall, Nat Taylor, Robert McMaster, J. Madden, Peter McCloy and A. Clark all on nett 65. Willie McMeikan on gross 66 won the scratch prize.

In the second round of the Swee Trophy David Clark came in with the winning score of (10)64 to become overall winner of the trophy with scores of nett 64+64=128 followed by Paul McCluskey 60+70=130, Henry McMaster 67+67=134, Jim Crawford 71+65=136. In the Grant Cup Paul Morrison came in to win on (22) 41 Stableford points followed by Jamie Galloway (20)40, Fraser Docherty(20)40 and M. Campbell (9)40.

Over at Turnberry in the Dr. Scade memorial Cup for those gentlemen who have passed the age of 50 brought in John Hogarth (12)64 followed by Michael Whiteford (20)65, Roddy Gardner (11)66, John Broadfoot (4)66 and Stephen Simpson (15)66. In the Sunset competition Douglas Edgar (24)64, John Broadfoot (4)67 and John Foster (13)70 came into qualify for the final.


There is an old thought in golf which is that you never lose an old ball. If you are having a bad round with most drives disappearing into trees, take out your oldest ball and you will find that it behaves itself. Karen Disabella a secretary who aced the first hole she had ever played said ‘I was worried about the people behind me getting mad because we would play so slow.’ So there you are it just takes a bit of composure and the right swing.


I mentioned recently that there was a young lady at Turnberry who looked surprised at the thought that someone should ever three putt. I have challenged her to a putting competition next Monday and will report back.

Most of us will remember the tale of Doug Sanders and Jack Nicklaus in the 1978 Open at St Andrews. Well here is something you may not be widely known. As Sander stepped on to the 18th tee leading Nicklaus by one shot a spectator escaped from the gallery and handed him a white tee saying ‘Tony Lema used this tee when he won the 1964 Open. Would you use it in his honour?. Sanders accepted the tee with a smile, so what, he would be using a similar tee from his bag anyway, but he then three putted the hole falling in to a play-off with Nicklaus the next day which he lost. Ever since then many professionals hearing of Sanders predicament also refused to use white tees. People are subject to omens of many kinds. You may see a golfer taking precisely six practice waggles of the club before hitting the ball, some look at the hole when putting and not the ball, there are also golfers who persist in playing a certain numbered ball. The latter is not meant to mean that the golfer never loses a ball in the rough. Life is full of surprises, none more than what a golfer can meet on a golf course but always enjoy the game remembering never more than six waggles of the club.