Willie makes a clean sweep in Girvan golf competition

The George Sprunt Memorial Invitation Sweepstake came to a conclusion last Sunday with the Sweepstake chairman Willie McDines making a clean sweep of the board winning the George Sprunt Trophy with 66(5)61 from Jack Galloway 73(11)62 and as both gentlemen are considered mature golfers Willie also beat Jack to the Caddyshack Trophy. I did not realize that Willie was that old. The scrastch trophy also went to Willie McDines beating Weir McCulloch 66(4)62 by virtue of a better inward half. In the ladies section Jill Bone came in to win on nett 69 followed by Donna Hunter nett 71 and Isobel Connor also on nett 71.Mind you I understand that if Isobel had not had a disaster at the 17th hole she would have won comfortably. But in golf, there are no excuses and it is the numbers that go down on the card which count. The weather remained in the golfers favour and the presentation took place in the Girvan clubhouse with Maggie’s Pantry providing excellent refreshments.

TheTurnberry Wednesday medal on 14th. October went to David Courtney (8)68 followed by James Byers (7)70, John Broadfoot (5)71 and Roddy Gardner (10)71.

The Girvan Golf Club October medal was won by Jack Galloway (11)39 Stableford points followed by Bernie Mills (8)38 points, Gregor Mackintosh (4)36, Jim Lafferty (10)36 and M. McKenna (21)36.points.


Last Sunday members of Turnberry Golf Club were treated to a ‘walk on the wild side’ by Martin Ebert golf course architect and Alan Patterson Turnberry Golf Course Superintendant who showed us how far they had achieved for the new layout. Apparently Donald Trump wants the sea to be seen from every green as far as possible which will of course make them very vulnerable to the high winds and salty air.

The very high winds we have in this part of the world could blow the ball across the more exposed greens but I understand that all this has been catered for. It certainly is very impressive and the drive from the championship tee on the 10th hole is frightening to someone of my capability. Think of the first hole at Macrihanish and it will give you some idea. The new 9th. and 11th. holes, both being par threes, could be the ruination of many a score card but a real challenge to the top pros.

After our tour round these new holes we went back to the clubhouse where Allan Patterson gave us his view of things and what the winter maintenance programme would consist of. I am relieved to hear him agree that bunkers should have the sand in them sloped so that a ball comes to rest in the middle.

We then had a presentation by Richard Windows an agronomist with STRI who looks after the grass on all R&A championship courses, Wimbledon tennis courts, a number of football grounds and also the grass verges on airfields. With regard to the latter it is to ensure that the birds do not congregate or nest in these areas. There is another expert who was not at the presentation but Richard Windows explained his role in the preparation of the course.

This gentleman is a Mr. Taylor who is an ecologist looking after the rough. Now on every golf course rough is important as no golfer wants to spend most of his round looking in vain for lost golf balls, and if found the near impossibility of getting it out and back on to the fairway. Mr. Taylor ensures that the rough is light and wispy, easy to find the ball, and just as easy chipping out on to the fairway.

However if you are greedy and try to go for the green the wispy rough will wrap around your club and punish you. There is also the wild flowers that grow in these areas such as the wild orchid who make the course so much more attractive. With all these experts providing the perfect golf course I wonder what Old Tom Morris, Harry Vardon, J.H. Taylor et.al. looking down will make of it all.