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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

Butsarawan Phinpam (Thailand)

to her debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends

Jim Norkett (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


Smith Turns Up the Heat & Hammers Big Win

On Monday, 17th September, the Pattaya Links Golf Society travelled to Bangpakong Riverside to play a stableford competition in perfect weather. There was no sign of the recent rain and the day was spent under scattered light clouds with the ever present cooling breeze on the banks of the Bangprakong River.

The course was in good condition but recent soakings had put a restriction on golf carts as fairways were a little soft so the preferred lies rule was invoked on the fairways. Greens were fine except for the fourth and fifth which were very soft, indeed the fifth was sanded in an effort to dry it out. Otherwise - perfect.

With 22 golfers only one flight contested the day and the expected good scores were achieved. In fifth place was Steve Truelove with 37 points with a countback separating the fourth and third places as lady golfer Budsarawan Phinpam with 38 points lost out to Colin Service by virtue of his better back nine. An excellent round of forty points gave Chris Barker second place only as Paul Smith was on fire. Recording 21 points on both nines he easily took the day with some powerful golf which gave him a best gross of 70. Wow! This really was impressive on a course where "run" was limited over the 6683 yards from the white tees.

Near pins were won by Maurice Roberts (4), Paul Smith (7), Jim Norkett (13) and Chris Barker (16) whilst the best front nine consolation went to Sam Scarfo (20 points) with Wayne Peppernell taking the best back nine with 19 points.

Bill Fulton from Aberdeen smiled broadly as he was presented with the wig for a lacklustre performance whilst high flier Chris Barker was awarded the "silly hat" for his part in his group's lack of pace, losing three holes on the group in front. It should also be noted that his name was later crossed off Maurice's "hit-list" and the decision to award the "hat" to him may have had a more sinister reason!

But it's fun and a day like this at Bangprakong was thoroughly enjoyed by the whole of the field. Well done lads, and lady!








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A View From the Nineteenth

Jesuit John I've been expecting a society hole in one for quite some, as we from Len's old group have never gone so long without one. Congratulations to Kevin for showing how it's done. As these things often come in groups, I'm now confidently expecting at least another this side as Christmas; but I'm just not going to to say who's going to get it in case it puts the mockers on them...but it could be a special "furkin" day.








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