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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

Jim Beard (USA)
Mike Cheswick (USA)
Khun Sak (Thailand)
Stuart Taylor (England)

to their debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends

Kevin McEntee (Ireland)
Petur Petursen (Iceland)
Pat Murphy(England)


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


McEntee Returns to take Green Jacket

The Pattaya Links Golf Society visited Bangpakong Riverside on Monday, 17th February to play a stableford competition in three flights with the cut coming at thirteen and under, fourteen to twenty and twenty-one plus. As usual the course was splendidly presented with well grassed fairways with some "spring" in them, bunkers were well tended and the greens still retained some of their weekend pace. All that was lacking was the cooling breeze, so evident on most occasions and as a result the day became quite sultry and held the scores down a little.

In the third division Dave Arataki took third place with a meagre 30 point score, three behind runner-up Tip Briney on 33. The flight winner was Len Jones with 34 points. His renaissance, after an unhappy second half to 2019, is very welcome.

In the second flight Dave Ritchie was third with 35 points, losing the runner-up spot to Wayne Peppernell with 36 points. The flight winner was Canadian John Chelo and he returned an excellent 38 points, only to lose out for the green jacket on countback.

The top flight saw PLGS newbie Mike Cheswick take third place with 36 points, with Steve Moxey taking second with 37 points. The flight winner was the returning Irishman, Kevin McEntee with 38 points and his back nine gave him the advantage in the green jacket chase over John Chelo.

Near pins went to Tommy Marshall, David De Caminada and Kevin McEntee (two) in the "A" Flight and to Jim Beard (three!) in the "B" flight. One B Flight near pin was not won.

Consolation awards for the best nines went to Ray Banks (18, front) and Chas Miller (21, back).

Mr Phil again considered Rana Gurnam for the "wig" award after it was discovered that Rana's mates had managed to block him on the "Thai Friendly" social media site. He is even now seeking advice on "unblocking" techniques. The wig went to Pat Murphy instead, as the oldest man in the field walked the course and struggled in the heat to put together a satisfactory score. The "silly hat" went to Michael McGuigan for the poorest nine-hole score.

The week had started in fine style with the PLGS.


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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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