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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

 

to their 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

 

Bill Copeland’s Successful Return to Links

It was a case of ‘millionaires’ golf when we threw in an extra day on our schedule to play Laem Chabang on a Monday, to take advantage of a special offer of 1900 bht all-in. With the welcome return of some ‘old’ regulars, we sent the first of our three four ball’s away ahead of schedule from the ‘scary’ A1 tee.

The golf course is in wonderful condition right now with hardly a blemish anywhere. And those greens, looking and playing beautifully! There was a nice little breeze at the start, but that seemed to disappear as the round went on, and conditions became quite warm.

Bill Copeland has been playing some pretty good golf at the Siam courses recently and this course today suited him nicely. An excellent score of 38 points put him on top of the leaderboard. Ron Dickie, a member here at Laem Chabang, returned to play with us after winning the day at his last appearance. An excellent game to be able to play to his handicap of #7, and score 36 points, took him to second place on countback. Michael Blumhagen plays off #10 and, at his first time playing this course scored 36 points also, just missing out on the countback to Ron. George Mueller gets a mention most games and he won a countback over playing partner, Wayne Peppernell, to take fourth place with 34 points.
It is sad that a great course had so few players out today, not good for the golf club, but good for us while it lasts. We hope to do the extra day next month to come back here, if there is a good price offered again.

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While on the subject of ‘millionaire’s golf, four players went to Bangpra on Tuesday, Nov 24th where, again, there were very few players out. My caddie told me that we were the first customers for the day, so far, so consequently, we had an easy round to finish in well under four hours.

Our numbers were small today as many who played at Laem Chabang will play at the PAGS comp on Wednesday, so needed a break between games, except George. We can only spread the few players so far.

Bangpra is probably in the best condition we have seen for many a day, or year. Those famous greens are not as quick as a few years ago, but look as smooth as silk and ran truly with pace.  It took some time, but we finally got the booking done to return to Bangpra on Dec 8th, so the great condition we found today should well and truly be the same then.

 

 

 

 

 

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Important Notice

Golfers are reminded that a confirmed handicap needs to be shown before competition entry is accepted.

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.

Birdie membership is free and an app is available for download on its website at https://birdie.in.th/

All PLGS golfers are therefore invited to join Birdie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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