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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

 

Wayne Wins on Top Day at Bangpra

The Links golfers returned to Bangpra after too long an absence, but now with a terrific sports day price of 1450 bht all- in, it was time for another look. As this course is quite suitable for walkers, they were also happy with their price of 1150 bht. We found the course to be in excellent condition with nicely cut fairways and greens in the condition we nearly always found over the years, albeit a little slower than the lightning quick style of some years ago. Don’t worry, once the players worked that out, they were quite happy for some less pace.
The weather was just right for a golf day. Overcast skies all day and relatively cooler, but never looking like rain. A nice breeze, at times quite strong, made for a comfortable round.
As things are now, there were no other groups around when we arrived so the starter told us to go when ready. Consequently, our first group, a three-ball, took off about 30 minutes before our scheduled time, and completed the round in three and a half hours.
One of those in that group, Wayne Peppernell, continued the form revival started a couple of days ago, to take out first place with a good, solid 37 points and his first Green Jacket since about January. (don’t forget, we lost a couple of months golf in between). Mike Tottenham has had his handicap blow out a bit, but showed some of what he can do by scoring 35 points, to take second place on countback over consistent Craig Webster. Lawrie McBride has been out of the placings recently, but he is back with a score of 34 points for the fourth spot. For the second game straight, Steve Moxey had the best front nine score, this time it was 19 points. Tony Browne won a countback over a playing partner to have best back nine of 18 points. Best front nine (non winners) – Steve Moxey - 19 pts. Best back nine (non winners) – Tony Browne - 18 pts c/back
Many of the golfers, some of whom had never been here before, commented how much they enjoyed the course, and the day overall, and now looking forward to getting back here in September.

Young Guns Lead in Dad’s Army


Burapha Golf Club is running a fantastic special deal for senior golfers (over 60 yrs) at just 1250 bht for g/fee, caddie and cart, a price we never thought we would see again at this course. With this in mind, we had our biggest turnout of players for quite a few weeks.
Twenty- four starters lined up to play the A and B combination. Of those twenty-four, only six admitted to being under 60 yrs, but we had g/fee vouchers for them at 700 bht. so, fair to say, with tongue firmly in cheek, that we did have a veritable Dad’s Army today.
The weather was almost identical to Monday, with skies in various shades of grey and a nice, relatively cool, breeze all day.
This course is preparing for the Singha Pattaya Open and is in immaculate condition. The greens are in the final stage of preparation and have quite a bit of sand on them, but still played true, if not so quick, and the rough is left to grow high normally, and even more so for a tournament.
The ‘young guns’ led the way to the podium with the first two placings going to players under age 60. Craig Webster seems unstoppable, or until the handicapper catches up, and had another resounding victory by scoring a big 41 points and another Green Jacket. Then followed two recent Green Jacket winners, both on 39 points. Mike Firkin did better on the back nine, as he tends to do, to win a countback over Wayne Peppernell, who is still tracking well on the comeback. Any other day 39 points might have been good enough. Indeed, so would 38 points, but that only got Tony Browne fourth place.
Having more players out enabled us to have extra prizes, so we doubled up on the ‘near pins’, by splitting them into two flights.
Near Pins A flight: Bill Copeland, Wayne Peppernell, Craig Webster
Near Pins B flight: Walter Baechli, Peter Allen, Serge Straeten
We had extra pins out but two were unclaimed.
Best front nine (non winners) – Glen Elsworth - 19 pts
Best back nine (non winners) – Derek Phillips - 21 pts c/back
With the course in such good condition, we saw eight scores of 36 or more and then, an interesting observation. Seventeen of the twenty- four players had higher scores on the back nine than the front. The ‘B’ course must be easier? Or did it take that long to warm up?
This is always a top course and, at this special price for ‘oldies’, we will be taking advantage again on Aug.26, so join the ‘Army’.

 

Forty Points is not Enough

Rain drizzled from early morning and continued as we gathered at Links Bar for breakfast. A phone call came from one of our cars as the bus started the trip to Khao Kheow, informing us that the rain was very heavy further along the motorway, and asking if the golf would still be on? However, by the time we arrived, the rain had stopped and never returned for the whole of the round. Low cloud hung around the background hills all day, looking quite scenic, but never threatening.
Indications were that the course was wet and, as the carts were restricted to the path, we decided to play lift, clean and place, as there was probably little or no run. That assumption proved to be wrong as the fairways are in very good condition and not as wet as imagined and, in fact, carts were given the all clear to go on the fairways after we had completed the first hole on the ‘C’ course.
OK, we did play from the shorter white tees, just in case, and the golfers took complete advantage of that. Scoring was so prolific today that 40 points didn’t get you into one of the top three placings, and 11 of the 12 players scored 33 points or better. Sounds more like we are talking Bangpakong!
Craig Webster came in with 43 points to take the win. George Mueller has been on the up recently and grabbed second place with a handsome 42 points while the ‘comeback kid’, Wayne Peppernell, reckoned that 41 points would get him another Green Jacket, but not today. Great scoring from the placegetters, and also from Mike Jeffreys, who’s mere 40 points saw him just miss out. Tip Briney scored 20 points to win the best front nine and, although he had a good final score, it was not enough for a place on the podium. Likewise Mike Tottenham, who came home with 21 points to win the best back nine.
The ‘A’ course greens today were the usual very good and true running greens, but something is happening on the ‘C’ nine greens. Black patches, some browning, and some have sand covering the spoiled bits, not the usual, and the tee boxes look as if they are being renovated, again.
Maintenance has to be done, but we still had a terrific course presented to us.
After fielding six groups on Wednesday, things were a bit quieter today with only three groups. The round was a little slowed by a six ball up ahead but all finished in about four and a half hours.

 

 

 

 

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