Turnberry club’s gents autumn tournament results in play-off

We have had very mixed weather this past week, beautiful sunshine one day followed by constant rain the next or sometimes both in the same day.

However the Girvan gents managed to play the Lloyd Wilson Foursomes on 30th October with the team of David Inglis and Jim Cameron coming in to win with (13) 63 followed by Nat Taylor and Bobby McLeish (14) 68, David Heron and Richard McEvoy (18)69.

Girvan members are reminded that this Saturday is the annual dinner and prize giving. A menu is in the clubroom to put your choice down from an extensive menu.

The Turnberry Saturday medal on 29th October resulted in a win for R. Tremble (11)70 over the Ailsa course followed by Johnny Telfer (8) 67 over the Kintyre Course with Tom Bennet (8) 72 on the Ailsa Course.

In the Sir James Bell Trophy Ian Hutchison beat Martin Brown in the final and in the Onslow Cup Foursomes D. Sledmore and R. Devenish beat K. Young and K. Hutcheson in the final.

The Autumn Tournament resulted in a playoff between Gordon Rodgers, (5070, J. Firestone (6070 and Craig Boyle (8)70.


Rex Caldwell reporting in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1983 stated ‘Golf is the strangest game in the world. It involves a lot of luck. And when your ball starts rattling in the trees then its all luck.’

Peter Allis commenting on the state of the road bunker at St. Andrews after a competitor took several shots to get out.

‘My, my, it looks like a couple of Shetland ponies have been mating in there’.


The halfway house is closed at Turnberry other than on Fridays Saturdays and Sundays so anyone wishing to avail themselves of these facilities will have to bear this in mind.

It was always a pleasure to travel down to the lighthouse, enjoy the company one found there along with the bovril and cheese toasties, but that pleasure for me will now have to wait until the spring. With the weather somewhat unpredictable the driving range is always an attraction.

It gets you out of the house and family problems, away from all the stresses of work and into a dry sheltered environment where you can relax and at the same time concentrate on hitting golf balls without the necessity of having to look for them in the rough.

The mind is very selective and if you work hard at it you will only remember the good shots you played.

Mind you the mats at Turnberry can flatter your shots as they give a little and you rarely find yourself scuffing a shot.

But remember it is no use just going to the range and banging away as hard as you can. You must always have an object to aim at and try to hit the ball at it.

Also remember where the winning shots come from and that is usually from the chip or pitch to the green. Practice those and you will soon be picking up the money or whatever it is that you play for.

Remember the instructions you received from your last lesson with an accredited professional and practice it.

Often on a Sunday afternoon at the Turnberry range you will find a lot of youngsters benefitting from coaching by one of the professionals and realise that from among that lot there could be a future Open champion or Ryder cup player.

This lets the young potential golfer see whether the game is for them before taking it up seriously and buying all the equipment. But above all they seem to be enjoying themselves and that is a good start to any sport.