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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

Ben Heberd (Canada)

to his debut PLGS rounds

We also welcome back old friends

Carl Lovatt (England)
Paul Durkan (England)
Derek Hutchinson (USA)
Don Kelly (USA)
Alex Sala (Australia)

Goodbye and best wishes for a safe return for

Paul Tedesco (Australia)




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

Mathias Hermann Claims First Win

Over the past few weeks we have told of many occasions when there have been dark and heavy clouds above us during games, and how we got through without getting rain. But it had to happen, and today rain and lightning interrupted play for about 30 minutes.
However, at Laem Chabang this is not much of a worry as the course dries quickly once the rain stops. The C and A nines were once again presented in perfect condition for our twenty-six golfers.

Mathias Hermann has been playing golf around the Pattaya area for some time and came to join us for the first-time last month. Since then he has turned in some good scores from a nine or ten handicap. Today was the best yet, coming in with a terrific 42 points, to win the “A” flight by 5 points and his first Green Jacket. The “Jacket’ winner from three days ago, Kevin LaBar, maintained that form to score 37 points for second spot, then another who has had very good form lately, Bill Copeland, had 35 points to take third place.

Darren Beavers had a form slump for longer than he would have wished, but has now bounced back to be on the podium for the third time in two weeks and today he was number one in “B” flight with a very good score of 37 points. George Mueller has his ups and downs and this time an up with 36 points for second place, then Stuart Thompson had 31 points, but good enough for third spot.

Near Pins: Paul Tedesco (A flight), Kevin Rogers (A Flight), Alex Sala (B flight), Derek Phillips (B flight).
Best Front Nine (non winners), Maurice Roberts, 18 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners), Paul Durkan, 22 pts

Tip Briney, the most photographed player at Links, has been travelling the world but came back to reclaim his favourite “silly hat” for the lowest nine-hole score. Mickey Tighe was unlucky, as carts were not allowed on fairways today, they rarely are at Laem Chabang, so Mickey had to do a lot of walking which, for him and others, is a bit of a struggle. But, being the good sport he is, Mickey stayed back just so he could wear the “wig”.
We will have one more crack at this beautiful course before the special price ends as we go into “high season”.










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