The rain is getting a little warmer so it must be summer. However the Girvan ladies do not seem to mind the weather and have been enjoying their competitions on the course.
In the June Medal Sandra Deeney won with Roz McCulloch runner-up. In the ladies section of the W.D. McKie competition Sandra Deeney again came in as winner with Roz McCulloch runner-up and Isobel Connor in third place. In the Ailsa Trophy on 25th. June the positions were reversed with Roz McCulloch winning and Sandra Deeney coming in second. The July Medal saw Sandra Deeney winning with Anne Bush runner-up.
The Girvan Juniors recently held their championship with Robbie Allan becoming Junior Club Champion for the fifth and final time. I say final because Robbie will now be joining the senior ranks and no doubt will have his sights on becoming a future Club Champion. The handicap trophy was won by Kyle Brown who will presumably be looking to take Robbie’s place as junior Champion. The accompanying photograph shows David Oliphant, Kieran Beauchamp Alex McCrindle Junior Club Champion Robbie Allan, Handicap Champion Kyle Brown and Brook Mills. Congratulations to the winners and well done to all who took part.
The Girvan gents have had mixed fortunes in the Ayrshire Scratch Summer league winning last Friday by 5 games to 1 against Ayr Belleisle. Out of the four games played so far Girvan have won two losing two to Ardeer and Troon Welbeck.
Turnberry members, not to be outdone have been competing with all the paraphernalia needed for the Woman’s Open being erected around them. In the first round of the Colin Clark Memorial Cup John Broadfoot leads the field on (5)75 followed by Stewart Allan (6)76, Ian Rorison (5)76 and Chris Savage (12)76. The Wednesday Medal brought in Dominic Booth with the winning score of (2)72 followed by Stewart Allan (6)72 and Richard Johnstone (13)72. all decided by the better inward half.
QUOTATIONS OF THE WEEK
Arnold Palmer playing in the open at St. Andrews in 1960 ran up a ten at the 17th. hole ’I should have played that hole in an ambulance’. Was his comment to the media afterwards.
Doug Sanders at the Open in 1966 ‘If I could have had a periscope, the lost ball and the hay concessions, I think I would have been the leading money winner by now’. Methinks he must have thought that he was playing over the Girvan course.
TALES FROM THE
Well the ladies Open will soon be upon us and I will certainly enjoy seeing some talent on the course. I have always been a great fan of Paula Creamer who will no doubt be playing with her usual pink balls. But there will be plenty of good golf to watch and I am sure that the ladies will bring plenty of charm as well as talent to the event.
Golf is one of those games where good manners are a prerequisite as it is a sport for those who follow the etiquette of the game enjoying the company of like minded individuals. Win or lose always have a smile for your opponent and be happy to buy him/her a drink in the clubhouse afterwards. In watching a professional tournament the Americans seem to be surprised at the decorum of the Scottish spectators who will clap a good shot by someone who is not on their wish list as well as applauding their favourite. To my mind that is the sign of good sportsmanship.
I understand that the odds on Jordan Spieth are brutal so obviously there is a lot of money going down on him. However I also understand that he is flying in at the last minute having played in a tournament in America, so that will not help him in acclimatizing to the Scottish weather.
Still who am I to forecast the top five in the Open, I have my couple of quid on a player but will keep it quiet as I do not have any luck in selecting winners.
I read with great interest Greg Norman’s comments in a Sunday paper regarding control over the distance a golf ball can travel as being of more importance than lengthening courses. In another Sunday paper John Huggan states that he has long been a supporter of controlling the distance a golf ball should travel, both the aforementioned wish that golf could return to the art of controlling the flight of the ball rather that just battering it along a fairway.
When you can no longer batter a ball down the fairway you rely on good pitches, chips and putts to keep up the pleasure of getting round the course in respectable figures.
l Football - I see that Ayr United beat Annan Athletic three goals to one in the Raydale Cup being played down in Gretna. Ayr then went on to win the cup by winning the next game 1-0, giving us some hope for a good season to come..
Shhh! I understand that my ubiquitous caddy-master’s grandson is an Ayr United supporter .