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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

 

The Green Jacket for Derek Phillips

Since the time Derek Phillip’s handicap went down to a twelve, he has scored fairly consistently. He has had a couple of stinkers, but haven’t we all? A very good game today gave him 40 points and the Green Jacket. He reckoned that it had been a while since he wore it last.

Mike Firkin had one of his good days and his 37 points might have got him a win on another day, but he settled for second place. Tony Browne has the new swing working again so took third spot with 36 points to beat the consistent Huw Phillips, on countback. In fact, there was a three -way countback at 36 points where Karl Flood was the unlucky one to miss out.

Pattana is always a favourite and at the special price of 1350 bht all in, after 11.30 am, is first onto the schedule. The course is in very good condition and back to it’s best after the break, but, as there had been enough rain to dampen the course, carts had to stay on pathways and, of course, there was almost no run on the fairways.

The greens are as good as we expect here, except for three greens on the ‘B’ nine where it appears that some disease, or perhaps an accident, has caused some blotches and discolour. We are sure the grounds staff are working on it. The rough here is, as we have found at other courses recently, quite unforgiving, especially while it is wet.

It was a worry when a sprinkle of rain came about one hour after the start, but that quickly withdrew to create a mist over the background hills for the rest of the day.

Near Pins: Derek Phillips, Tip Briney, Tommy Marshall, Huw Phillips

Best Front Nine ( non winners) – Craig Webster - 20 pts c/back

Best Back Nine (non winners) – Mike Jeffreys - 18 pts

Although there were quite a few groups of golfers at the course, mainly Thai, they had later tee times and so our groups had a good open run for the round.

Tommy on Fire at Riverside

Bangpakong Riverside Golf Course was looking magnificent as we walked out from the clubhouse. From the steps is a green panoramic view where we can see multiple fairways and swaying palms on this almost flat course.

The day started out quite hot and with a large dark cloud hanging overhead. By about half way a breeze had picked up and then, near the end of the round, that cloud moved in, threatening rain, but we stayed dry. Thirteen Links golfers made the trip today as some others were resting up ready for the 3 day trip to Soi Dao starting the next day. We had only one four-ball ahead of us as the course was very quiet, although a few more locals arrived well after we had teed off.

Scoring is usually very good at this course so, to make things a little more difficult, the white tees were well back on many holes and the greens were slower than we would normally expect.

None of this bothered Tommy Marshall as he turned in a masterful display off his #5 handicap. His score of 40 points and best gross of 73 gave him a good win and the Green Jacket. Tommy’s playing partner, Peter Lacey, scored well with 38 points which took his handicap down by one shot, just in time for Soi Dao. Paul Durkan, now also playing off a #5 handicap, posted 37 points to beat the veteran, Barry Oats, on a very close countback.

Our first group, a three-ball, nearly set a new land speed record, completing the round in 2 hours 45 mins. Moxey was quite indignant when asked which holes they had skipped.??

With so few in numbers we had to leave the ‘near pins’ in the cupboard and have just three placings.

Most golf Societies are low on numbers for obvious reasons, but we expect to have a boost of at least another twelve players after those 'trippers' return.

Early July 4th for Bill Copeland

The weather provided a perfect day for golf on a superbly presented Pattavia Golf Course for our twelve Links Golf players.

Overcast all day with never a real threat of rain, but with some cooling breezes, made life very comfortable. There were almost no other golfers around, although we occasionally spotted a four ball through the trees, so our three groups had a clear run all the way. The greens are in first class condition and slowed enough to make some good putts, but still enough speed on the downhill to lip out, as our group can attest to.
The first cut rough here has been cut down, unlike some other courses recently, and is playable. The ball may not go where you want but,..

Bill Copeland, getting ready for his country’s July 4th Independence Day celebrations, scored 37 points for the win and another Green Jacket. It is less than two weeks ago that he did the same at Khao Kheow, so he has kept up that good form. The surprise packet today was Jim Ferris. Playing sparingly these days, Jim put together a terrific 35 points to take second spot. Billy Buchanan is usually playing around his handicap, and 33 points this time got him third place.
Because we had only twelve golfers, we left the ‘near pins’ home and added an extra placing. Unlucky Karl Flood lost his second countback in a week, scoring 31 points but going down to Huw Phillips’ 31 points for fourth.

Now that the Soi Dao ‘trippers’ are back, we have more names on the sign-up sheets for the next few games, which is good news, but still waiting for our visitors from overseas to be allowed back. Hang in there, Gents, and Ladies.

 

 

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Other News

 

Sign-Up Sheets

Sign up sheets are now displayed for up to a fortnight before a fixture as current demand is greater than experienced before. Thank you for your cooperation.

Important Notice

Golfers are reminded that a confirmed handicap needs to be shown before competition entry is accepted.

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.

Birdie membership is free and an app is available for download on its website at https://birdie.in.th/

All PLGS golfers are therefore invited to join Birdie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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