Willie is proud winner of the RNLI Stableford at Girvan

Stevenson Trophy & Gary Bryden Jug winners
Stevenson Trophy & Gary Bryden Jug winners

The RNLI Stableford trophy has been competed for and the proud winner of the fabulous miniature lifeboat shield which he will be able to keep In his trophy cabinet along with his Auchterlonie putter is Willie McMeikan with a score of (0)39 points.

Willie was followed by Allan Clark (12)37, Richie Scott (5)37 and Stevie Johnston (5)37.

Last Sunday in blustery conditions the Stevenson Trophy was competed for. This is Girvan’s gent’s open competition and attracts golfers from all around the area. Every golf club has open competitions these days which does mean that entries are not what they were when this competition first came into being in the 1930s. Nevertheless it is a good trophy to win and we must congratulate Willie McMeikan of Girvan Club who came in to win on a gross score of 65. Willie was followed by A. Brownlee of Brunston golf Club on 69. Wilson Pitt of Turnberry Golf Club came in with the best nett score of (9)64 to win the Gary Bryden Trophy. Wilson was followed by Kyle McCreadie (8)64 Girvan , Jamie Galloway (16) 66 Girvan , Weir McCulloch of Brunston (4)66 and Graeme Andrew (6)67 Girvan.The Club thanks South Ayrshire Council for the use of the course and the green keepers for the excellent condition of the greens and fairways.

Turnberry members last Sunday competed for the Richmond Cup in a Stableford competition over the Kintyre course with Michael Whiteford coming in with the winning score of 38 points of a 20 hqandicap. Michael was followed by Scott Clare (4) 37 points, Kenneth Ross (13) 36 points, Bioll Clare (15) 35 points and Craig Stevenson (12) also on 35 points. Members are advised that the Kintyre course is now a qualifying course for handicap purposes.

Sir Guy Campbell described the caddies at St. Andrews in 1922 as ‘standing disloyally near the tee’. The Duke of Windsor was the newly elected Captain of the R&A and was driving himself in. He was known to top the ball, which he did again this time which the caddies had anticipated. The fortunate one who picked the ball up collected a sovereign. ‘They are going to make a lot of money when they cut and bale the hay out there’. Payne Stewart commenting on the rough at Carnoustie for the 1999 Open. That could also apply to the rough at Girvan.


I have always said that golf is a game that can be played from the cradle to the grave and to prove my point Dick Richmond who at a mere 80 years of age recorded a hole in one at the 4th. Hole of the Turnberry Ailsa course with a five wood last week, a distance of around 179 yards.

I do not believe that this is Dick’s first ace, but it is many years since his last one. The celebrations were still going on last Saturday when he was asked to go out and perform the feat again for the photographer. Dick will no doubt receive one of those much sought after certificates from the Turnberry professional shop. Well done young man. We talk about Donald Trump’s tirade against the Mexicans which brings me to the tale of Loreno Ochoa a Mexican lady golfer of some note. Loreno was born in Mexico in 1981, learned her golf from Rafael Alarcon who had represented Mexico in the Dunhill Cup. Well Loreno Ochoa went on to become the Women’s Open Champion in 2007 and in two thirds of the tournaments she entered was in the top ten. She was a very happy person and always welcomed the media with a big smile and ‘Hello everyone’. Loreno regularly went behind the scenes at big tournaments often having breakfast in the green keepers hut as she appreciated that most of the ground stall were Mexicans. For some reason best known to herself in April 2010 Loreno Ochoa declared that at the ripe old age of 28 and the World’s N0.1 she was going to retire and devote herself to her family. She was known to have raised the stature of the ladies game not only in Mexico but in the whole world. What a lady I have watched her many times on TV and was amazed at her calm approach to every shot. Loreno certainly knew how to enjoy her sport.