JH Taylor report
Douglas Irving, 22 April 2019 14:30
Langholm Golf Club
J H Taylor Saturday 20th April 2019
1st Simon Tweddle 38 points BIH
2nd Gordon Rae 38 points
3rd Jim Murray 37 points
4th Dennis Little 34points
5th Chuck Muir 32 Points.
The JH Taylor is a 18 hole competition played In memory of a a golfer who won the Open 5 times. John Henry "J.H." Taylor (19 March 1871 – 10 February 1963) was an English professional golfer and one of the pioneers of the modern game of golf. Taylor is considered to be one of the best golfers of all time. He was also a significant golf course architect.
It is a Stableford format which allows the player to have the odd bad hole, and some more than the odd bad hole. In medal play every stroke counts and a 10 is a 10 but in Stableford 2 point for a par, 1 point for a bogie and 3 points for a birdie.
Gordon played steadier golf with 1 birdie and 4 bogies whereas Simon had 3 birdies, 5 bogies and a double bogie. In the end Gordon’s handicap of 5 against Simon’s 6 was the difference.
The recent dry weather has made a tremendous difference to the course, the ball runs further. The greens have been treated with moss killer and have a blackish tinge but Robin and Doug will be working on the greens next week which will give the grass a chance to grow. We are playing preferred lies but the fairways are in fine condition we could do away with them and if it gets wet we can reinstate, if needed.
We had two visitors from the Netherlands on Friday who played the course. They enjoyed the course and view, but found the hills a problem but I suppose that people from the Netherlands have not much experience of hills.