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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

Darren Beavers (England)
David Beames (England)

to their debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends

Bobby Shirkey (Scotland)

Goodbye and best wishes for a safe return for

Lachlan Gotz (Australia)
Colin Davies (Wales)


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, let my fortune be well-starred
And keep those bogies of my card.
Just 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


Erikson Leads USA Challenge

The Pattaya Links Golf Society visited Greenwood on Monday, 16th July to play a stableford competition on the A and C nines which were in excellent order with greens as good as golfers could remember. Again, defying low season logic, a large field turned out and the three dozen golfers were divided into two flights at fifteen and under.

A strong breeze was evident all day and the overcast conditions meant that humidity added a club to each shot so in effect scores were tight and moderate.

In the second flight Steve Baker's 32 points lost out on countback to Masaaki Sugaya's 32 for runner-up whilst Irish golfer Chris Walsh took the flight win with 34 points. In the top flight American golfer Tom Herrington took third with 35 points, losing on countback to Kevin McEmtee who took the runner-up place. The flight winner was American golfer Mark Erikson with the day's best points score, 38 points.

Near pins went to Mikko (A6) and Phil Davies (C6) whilst the long A2 and C3 into the wind proved too much of a challenge for the field, demonstrating how tough the Greenwood course can be in the sultry conditions.

Consolation awards went to erstwhile wig wearer Toby Glass for his best front nine of 19 points and John Pierrel's best back nine of 20 points. The wig was presented to American golfer Matt Rose, a scratch golfer who failed to come to terms with the course in producing the day's low score. It proved to be a good day for the transatlantic golfers of whom there were five in the top ten in conditions they maybe would have found strange but well done to them for their fine efforts.

Two Green Jackets in One Day!

A drizzling, overcast morning in Pattaya this Wednesday had us wondering how many would pull out of our trip to Burapha Golf. As it happened there were two "no shows" (we are not sure if it was due to the rain however). That left a sizeable field of thirty-eight starters, and surprise, surprise, they played the whole game without being rained on. Sure, a light sprinkle here and there, but that made for a comfortable day out.

The C+D nines were assigned to us today and, as usual here, the whole course was presented in very good condition. The greens have some good pace and play truly.
The rough here tends to be a bit thicker, and it takes some smart work to get the ball out of there. Although carts did drive on the fairways, we played lift, clean and place.

Plenty of very good scores handed in this round and two were the stand outs, so a new precedent was set when Phil decided to present two Green Jackets.

“A” flight saw John Pierrel return with 39 points to break his recent run of losing countbacks, a happy man at last. We mentioned recently how Colin Smith has found his real form, just before leaving for home in Wales, and 37 points looked good for second spot. But, he had to win a countback against the “other” Smith, Paul Smith, also with 37 points (73 gross), who, in turn, won another countback to relegate Phil Davies to fourth.

When Mike Tottenham makes one of his all too rare appearances, you always think he will be placed somewhere. Sure enough he had the other 39 points to take out “B” flight and also get to wear the Green Jacket.

Derek Phillips has gained the nickname with some members as “The Flash”. Not sure why this is, but his matching bright purple attire may give a clue. Derek does try to match it up on golf days. Doesn’t do his score any harm, as today he came in second, scoring 38 points. Mick Coghlan is never far from the podium and took third on 34 points, while Paul Chesney snuck into fourth on 31 points.
Near Pins: Phil Davies (C5), Bob Stokes (C8), Walter Baechli (D2), Garry Bright (D8)

Best Front Nine (non-winners) …. Mark Erikson……….19 pts
Best Back Nine (non-winners) …...Maurice Roberts……19 pts

Winner …” A” flight……. John Pierrel (12) ……….39 pts
2nd Place…………............Colin Smith (13) ……….37 pts c/back
3rd Place………….............Paul Smith (2) …………37 pts c/back
4th Place…………………. Phil Davies (10) ……….37 pts

Winner…” B” flight……. Mike Tottenham (22) …...39 pts
2nd Place…………………Derek Phillips (19) …….38 pts
3rd Place…………………. Mick Coghlan (21) …….34 pts
4th Place…………………. Paul Chesney (21) …….31 pts c/back

As if the “wig” wasn’t enough, one of our visiting golfers gave Phil another “booby prize” to hand out. It is called the funny hat. It is shaped as a golf green, complete with flag post and ball and yes, it goes on the head. It was decided to award it to the player having the “worst nine”. As luck would have it (karma, I think) Allen Dow came up with the idea, and Allen Dow became the first recipient.
But still we must have the “wig’ and after Ray Byron was relieved to miss out, it was Bobby Shirkey with the honour.

Treasure Hill Preserves its Modesty

Twenty four hours notice of a cancellation by Khao Kheow is hardly the best preparation for a revised trip to Treasure Hill, but the Pattaya Links Golf Society regulars are stoic enough to realise a good days golf could still be had and travelled the 331 in fine spirits on Friday, 20th July.

The course was well populated and in good shape, though tee boxes are still under repair so the group played from the yellow tees. Elsewhere this would ease the test but at Treasure Hill accuracy not length is paramount of course.

The greens were quite challenging with a little pace and some tough pin placements and consequently scores were modest only. In fourth place was Japanese golfer Masaaki Sugaya with 29 points, losing third place to Phil Davies on countback. Similarly the top two needed a countback to decide the victor and Wayne Peppernell's efforts on the back nine fell just a little short behind Paul Smith who took the win with 32 points and a best gross of the day of 78.

Near pins went to Graeme Dunn (6), David Beames (13) and Paul Smith (17) whilst the long second hole stayed unsullied throughout. The consolation awards went to Bobby Shirkey for his best front nine of 16 points and Darren Beavers for his best back nine of 17 points. The wig was won by a blushing Ray Byron and the day's "silly hat" special went to Greg Proctor for the poorest nine total of the day.

It was modesty all round at Treasure Hill with the course keeping its secrets for another day and modest scores only being recorded. Thanks Khao Kheow!











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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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