Turkeys all round at Turnberry

Turnberry Golf Club Gents played their Turkey Competition over the 7th and 8th December with David Nelson and Paul Ferguson winning turkeys.

The Wednesday medal of the Turnberry club played on 11th December resulted in a win for Angus Bunten (7)74 followed by Mark Houston (3)75 and Steven Stamper (+1)80.

The weather was pretty poor last Sunday and it was decided to postpone the Christmas competition to this coming Sunday 22nd December. An apology is due to those hardy Girvan golfers who turned up at the course looking to supplement their drinks cabinet, but in weather like that they may not have managed the full 18 holes and it could have been a poor turnout. Now they can look forward to that pleasure this coming Sunday when it is hoped that the weather will be in their favour and remember the more entries the more spirits to be won.


Julius Boros once commented, ‘by the time you get to your ball, if you do not know what to do with it try another sport’.

Arnold Palmer; ‘I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win’.

That always seemed to be Arnold Palmer’s philosophy on golf, always play to win as you never know what may befall your opponents during their round.



I lost a very good golfing partner last week with the passing of David Muir. David was a gentleman and never had a bad word to say about anyone.

He was always the first to compliment you on a good shot although getting him to concede you a putt could be difficult.

He took time over his own putts as he was always scared he would miss and he rarely did. David was always good company, not only on the golf course but in life in general, I will miss him and will not be alone in this.

Last Saturday was another terrible day with regard to the weather, so much so that a number of Turnberry golfers booked a room in the hospitality suite at Somerset Park where it was much drier than on a golf course.

Ayr started off well scoring two goals with the wind being generally behind them. However in the second half with Dunfermline players falling about claiming a foul every time an Ayr player glanced at them they scored enough to win the game 4-2. The first goal by Dunfermline’s Stephen Husband was a terrific unstoppable shot from outside the penalty area.

It was perhaps the best goal I have seen in a very long time.

In view of the conditions I thought it was a good game with Ayr well worthy of a draw.

It seems that the Turnberry golfers did not bring Ayr good luck this time. But I am sure that they enjoyed the game and may be more frequent visitors to Somerset Park in the future.

We are of course approaching Christmas which will be followed by the New Year, a time to refresh oneself for the coming golf season, bearing in mind that it is a sport to be enjoyed by all. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers and golfers everywhere all the best for the festive season with plenty of good golf in 2014.