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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

Phil Swift (England)

to his debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends

Brendan McGovern (Ireland)

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


Two Green Jackets on One Day

It was a fine and warm Monday morning as players gathered at Links Bar for breakfast and to witness the draw for playing order. An orderly and quick boarding of the three buses, with no latecomers, yippee, and we were away on time.

Khao Kheow was in great condition when we were there two weeks ago and everything is still as good as then. The renovation of the tee boxes is still advancing slowly but time and water should fix them soon.

Thirty-two players out today to vie for two flights and the novelties. Brendon McGovern arrived back for his first game this trip and, it seems, didn’t need a warm up as he took first place in “A” flight with 35 points off his very low handicap of +2. You work out the gross. Bill Copeland had a hiccup a couple days ago but is right back on top, also scoring 35 points, only losing to Brendon on countback. Simon Kendall is always thereabouts and took third place by winning a countback over a back to form Phil Davies, both scoring 34 points.

Larry Slattery’s name has been called a couple of times recently and this time it was for being the winner of “B” flight with 35 points. John Coetzee had a good day out and put together 33 points for second spot ahead of Tip Briney, who had a mini revival, on 31 points.  Dave Arataki rounded out the podium with 31 points for fourth also on a countback.

Near pins: Maurice Roberts (A flight), Derek Kinmond (A flight), Barry Cunningham (B flight), Stu Thompson (B flight).
Best Front Nine “C” (non winners) …Pat Lavin….18 pts
Best Back Nine “A” (non winners) …. Tony Browne ...22 pts

Somebody was settled into the bus for the trip back when he was recalled to the Clubhouse and asked to pay his bin. A top contender for the “silly hat” for sure, but he had scampered before presentation time. It will wait for him. So, with that, Phil decided to leave the “wig” in the bag and, instead, award not one, but two Green Jackets. First Brendon McGovern and then Larry Slattery, who both had 35 points, wore the Jacket for the photo op.
Plenty of players are looking forward to returning to KK in about two weeks.






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