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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes


to their debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends



Goodbye and best wishes for a safe return for




The True Spirit of Golf
(With grateful acknowlegements to John Mason)

The Golfer’s Prayer

O Lord, I would a golfer be!
Where par is 4, I seek a 3;
Where par is 3, my goal is 2;
But, failing that, an ace will do.

On all par 5s, I aim for 4
A 3 would make me praise thee more.
Alas though, Lord, such scores it seems
Are nothing more than wishful dreams.

So, when I shake on the 1st tee,
One straight shot I ask of thee.
Let me not slice it out of bounds
3 off the tee destroys my rounds.

Let me not hook and trouble find,
For such disasters blow my mind.
Nor let me top it thirty yards
And run big scores up on my cards.

Preserve me too from fiercest rough;
This game's already hard enough!
Nor let me stray into a burn
And find I have not lost my turn.

Do not let me bunkered be,
As sand will be the ruin of me.
And, if I hit a little thin,
Stop my ball right by the pin.

O let my nerve be hard as steel;
Let my hands be blessed with feel;
Let my putts be firm and true;
Down in one – at worst, in two.

And, if my prayers shall all be met,
Then I will act with etiquette:
All my divots I'll replace
Pitch marks? I shall leave no trace!

So, one more favour, Lord, I seek –
Can I play this way each week?


The 19th Hole Beckons

From the first to the last, golf should be a blast;
As we hasten our way to the bar.
Where tales may be told, by the young or the old,
Past, current or ne’er to be star.

In a euphoric state, it’s the place to relate
How we played better than we just scored.
How we gave it a clout, how we saw it lip out,
On a course all but put to the sword.

Of a draw – not a hook – it’s a tale of bad luck
Of balls resting in divots be damned;
Or in rough much too deep; or in bunkers too steep,
With too much or not enough sand.

You’ll hear more than twice, that it wasn’t a slice;
It was simply another power fade.
While that chip that was thin, but that somehow fell in,
Was the best shot that ever was played.

With so much to relate and so much to debate,
How could we ever get bored?
As we tell of our duels and argue the rules
In the hope of some reasoned accord.

I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s the best place to be,
This abode of the golfing go-getter.
So, by my reckoning, with all of this beckoning,
The quicker we get here the better.

And amid all this banter, you’ll find just one ranter -
It’s me – with a message – OK?
With a 19th like ours, golf shouldn’t take five hours,
So, let’s all put an end to slow play.




Tournament News


Derek Finds Top Form When He Needs it

When our fourteen Links Golfers made their way to Laem Chabang it was under the impression that this would be the last time for a while, as the course had increased the price by 460 bht for the Monday special, according to the PSC rates list. By the time they arrived back to Links Bar in the afternoon, we had received a message from the course announcing that the current price of 2059 bht would now be extended until at least the end of October. A schedule reshuffle will now be done for October.

With only four groups, and playing order decided, the organizer decided to stay back, assuming that there were some people who could keep things moving smoothly. You should never assume, Johnno! While a couple of people were at the driving range and some had not yet come from the locker room, a caddy for someone in group three said that it was okay to start early so, without consulting groups scheduled before them, someone in the group decided that going early meant them. So now, we had a four- ball going out ahead of two three balls. So, all the pre planning was now, Duh! Nevertheless, with a very quiet course, three groups finished quickly and were back to Links much earlier than expected.

We waited until the last group arrived back before we could finalise the results, and in this group was the card from the eventual winner of the day. We have noted before how Derek Phillips can find some good form just when he needs it, and his 39 points today was very good form. A very impressive 23 points on the front nine makes you wonder what might have been. Bill Copeland carried on his game from Friday to score another excellent 37 points to take second spot, and perhaps fulfil his hope of getting the handicap going south again. Tommy Marshall, from his small handicap of #4, played well to have 36 points for third place and Paul Durkan, who also has a low handicap of #5, once again snuck into the placings on 35 points.
Best front nine (non winners) – Peter Lacey – 21 pts
Best back nine (non winners) – Wayne Peppernell - 16 pts

We are very happy to see that Laem Chabang has decided to carry on with a good deal for golfers, and we will now put them back on our schedule so that we play our part in the deal.






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PLGS and Handicaps

As we are a competition based golf group the access to accurate current handicap details is essential to preserve the integrity of our competitions. There seems to be some problems wih PSC fully joining the new world handicapping system Therefore PLGS has decided to encourage all golfers to join Birdie (Thailand) and use its handicapping system. It is fully compliant with the new system and is professionally maintained. Access is available 24/7 and all PLGS competition scores are now being sent to Birdie as well as PSC. Adjustments are iimmediate and a confirmatory email is sent whenever a member's score has been added.

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