Document 83

Geordie Jooks cries Fore at Gullane

Author(s): Robert Fairnie

Copyright holder(s): Robert Fairnie


Geordie an his freend Tam wis haein a guid gaun gemm o gowf doon at Gullane airlier in the year. At yin o the par fower holes, Geordie skelpit the ba a richt keeker aff the tee. It wis S.D.T.M. (strecht doon the middle). He wis fair chuffed as his een follaed the ba on its flicht doon the fairwey an, when it stertit tae faw tae the grund, the sicht o anither gowfer walkin on the fairwey catched his ee. The ba wis fleein strecht for him an baith Geordie an Tam cried oot “Fore!!!” as lood as they cuid. Weel the ither gowfer maun hae heard the cry for he birlt roond tae see whit wis adae an it wis juist then the ba hit him richt atween the een. If it hid been a fitba he micht hiv been able tae heid it but ye cannae heid a gowf ba sae he juist drappit like a stane an steyed thare.

Geordie gawped at Tam, wi his face like a cloot, an Tam gawped back. The neist thing ye kent, they war baith daein a Lindford Christie doon the fairwey an, when they reached the ither gowfer, he wis flet oot on his back wi his mooth gawpin tae the lift an the ba hauf stickin oot his foreheid juist abuin his neb.

“Jings, he leuks deid tae me!” said Geordie.

“Ay. A doot he’s deid aw richt – niver kent whit hit him. Puir sowl.” quo Tam.

“My guidness Tam, A’v killed him! Whit am A gaun tae dae noo?” Geordie speirt.

“Weel, if it wis me,” reponed Tam wi a wee keek tae the green, “A’d mibbie tak a nummer nine airn an, wi an open face, try an play it like a bunker shot. It wad be a peetie tae spyle sic a guid drive.”

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Geordie Jooks cries Fore at Gullane


Text audience

Adults (18+)
General public
Audience size 3-5

Text details

Method of composition Wordprocessed
Year of composition 2000
Word count 315

Text publication details

Publisher SLRC
Publication year 2000
Place of publication Lallans
ISBN/ISSN 1359-3587
Edition 56 + 57

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Prose: fiction


Author details

Author id 95
Forenames Robert
Surname Fairnie
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1930
Educational attainment College
Age left school 16
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Consultant Marine Structural Engineer (Retired)
Place of birth Musselburgh
Region of birth Midlothian
Birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Musselburgh
Region of residence Midlothian
Residence CSD dialect area midLoth
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Fisherman
Father's place of birth Musselburgh
Father's region of birth Midlothian
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Fishwife
Mother's place of birth Musselburgh
Mother's region of birth Midlothian
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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German Yes Yes Yes Yes In Germany to communicate with two grandsons
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