Sandra wins the Jenny Robb trophy at Girvan course

Well the weather is still holding us in suspense, one day bitterly cold the next sunshine with very little warmth.

However the weather does not seem to deter the Girvan ladies who on the 20th. April ventured onto the course to compete for the Jenny Robb Trophy which brought in as winner Sandra Morland (23)70 followed by Roz McCulloch (9)74 with a better inward half than Catharine McCrindle (21)74. The Arran Rosebowl due to be played on 28th.

April was postponed as the weather was so bad that even the ladies took cover as did the Probus golfers.

The Girvan gents played the May Medal last Sunday, but you will have to wait until next week for the result

Over at Turnberry in the Sunset Trophy on 21st. April Campbell Devlin came in with the best score of (6)65 followed by Steven Stamper (+1)65 and James Byers (6)66. All three qualify for the final.


A.A Milne said ‘Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall all get there some day’ . Sounds like a South Ayrshire Council promise.

Joanne Carner on winning the Bob Jones Award for sportsmanship in 1981 ‘Now I don’t dare throw a club’. Tch! Tch! Temper, temper.


In this present day when every winner of a sporting event of note is handsomely rewarded, what defines an amateur when even the ordinary golfer plays his pals for money or in a club trophy event for prize vouchers, sweep etc.

The Royal Liverpool was holding an amateur tournament in 1885 which later became the British Amateur Championship and received an entry from Douglas Rolland a stonemason from Elie near St. Andrews. It was found that he had come second in the 1884 Open and won prize money which clearly meant that he was not an amateur.

However we now come to John Ball who as a boy of 14 years of age had tied for fourth place in the Open of 1878 at Prestwick pocketing the princely sum of ten shillings for his efforts. He had asked whether he should accept it and was firmly told ‘yes’.

Was he or was he not an amateur? The Royal Liverpool Committee hummed and hawed about the problem eventually deciding that as he was so young at the time he should be considered an amateur and his entry was accepted.

For many years after this event the rules stipulated that an amateur must not have played for prize money after reaching the age of sixteen.

So there you are remember when you next pocket money for winning a tournament or beating your pals check whether you were over the age of sixteen at the time.

But if you have the patience you can now turn to The current Rules of Golf and peruse some twenty one pages on ‘The Rules of Amateur Status’ which will no doubt confuse the average golfer but the age rule no longer seems toA apply, so just enjoy your game and anything you come by afterwards.