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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

 

to his 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

 

Tottenham Wins Jacket and “Silly Hat”

A couple of no shows left us with twenty golfers to take on Eastern Star Golf  Course.
It turned out to be a different course to the one that has been receiving great wraps recently.  Nothing very bad, but fairways here don’t seem to have had the amount of rain received by courses further north, so drying out in places, but one good solid shower will fix that.
It was rumored over breakfast in the morning that the greens had been cored, so it was no surprise to find them slower than last time and a bit “bumpy”. However, overall a course still in very good condition.
Weather was the same, but some players agreed that it was not as hot as recently, with a breeze at times helping.
The one flight produced some tight scoring at the top with the best of them being Mike Tottenham with the best score of the day of 37 points. This was Mike’s second Green Jacket in just over three weeks. Winning form is good form.
The next two places went to a countback with both players scoring 35 points, but Paul Chesney just beat Kae Dayton, in her first game at Links, for the second spot, while Peter Park had 32 points to take the final place on today’s podium.

Best Front Nine ( non winners) – Mickey Tighe – 17 pts
Best Back Nine ( non winners) – Walter Baechli – 17 pts

Near Pin: Maurice Roberts (3), Andre Van Dyk (6), Andrew Purdie (13), Paul Weatherley (17)

Results from Eastern Star:

1st  Place – Mike Tottenham (19 ) -37 pts
2nd Place – Paul Chesney (21) -35 pts c/back
3rd Place – Kae Dayton (22) - 35 pts
4th Place – Pete Seil (4) – 32 pts

Phil is on his annual trip to Wales and beyond so Maurice took charge of presentations. He became a little nervous when he saw who was eligible for the “wig”, so decided to rest it and the “silly hat”.
But wait! Who was it that kept leaving clubs lying around for people to find and return them ?? It was Mike Tottenham..so for silly things, the “silly hat” did find a place after all.
Is this the first time a player has had the Green Jacket AND the silly hat at once?

Brown Goes Green

Of course it was hot and humid as the twenty golfers boarded two mini buses and some cars to take the short trip to Pattaya Country Club. This venue was put into the schedule to make an easier trip back to town on these water crazy days. This course comes with plenty of commentary about the quality or otherwise. This time we found a very well presented layout.

The fairways are still well grassed, but with some dry spots appearing, and some tee boxes have been allowed to go brown, but as stated in another report, a good drop of rain will fix all. However, the important part is the greens and, apart from sanding on the first three of them, we found the best presented greens we have seen in a long time. They had speed but not excessive and you needed wits about you on the downhill putts. They are looking every bit as good as some of the higher priced courses, very impressed.

Scores were very respectable with a close race for first spot with two players on 36 points, to be separated on countback.

Will Brown had the better back nine to hold out a much improved effort from Masa Sugaya and therefore he donned  the Green Jacket. Third and fourth places also went to countback and here newcomer Paul MacGowan took the honours over Peter Park with both scoring 35 points.

Near Pin prizes ( somebody forgot to number them) went to: Andrew Purdie, Mitchell Carlon, Will Brown, Peter Park.

Best Front Nine ( non winners) – Brian Talbot – 18 pts c/back
Best Back Nine (non winners) -    Iain Craigen – 20 pts

Winners Pattaya Country Club

1st  Place – William Brown (16 ) -36 pts c/back

2nd Place – Masa Sugaya (22) -36 pts
3rd Place – Paul MacGowan (26) – 35 pts c/back
4th Place -  Peter Park (4) – 35 pts

Once again Maurice conducted presentations and decided that due to the small numbers or Songkran or something, the “silly hat” and “wig” would stay in the brown bag. Pattaya Country Club is looking at their pricing, it seems, as they offered a Songkran Special on Thursday of 1400 bht all in, and Tues/Thurs 1500 bht all in. This is a good sign and worth taking the short ride there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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