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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

 

to his debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends

Brian Beaupre (Canada)
Gerner Lykke (Denmark)
Nils-Petr Kristensen (Denmark)

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

 

Forty Something? That'll Do Nicely

High Season must be here as forty golfers turned out to play with the Pattaya Links Golf Society at Bangpakong Riverside on Monday, 3rd December. As usual the course was in wonderful condition with weather to match and if ever there was a day for high scoring surely this was it.

Playing in eight groups and two flights, with the cut at eighteen and under, good progress was made until the fourth hole when inevitably play was held up at the first par three. Why do Thai courses have par threes following par fives - holdups are guaranteed.

However the PLGS are made of stern stuff and continued on as if nothing had happened. The two flights saw some excellent scores with the first flight headed by an excellent round from Brian Talbot who took the victory with forty points. In second was Huw Phillips with 39 points, one ahead of Maurice Roberts on 38 points. The minor places went to Vincent Smyth with 36 points and Tony Browne taking fifth on countback from Doug Crowe with 35 points.

The second flight saw better scores. In fifth place was Larry Slattery with 39 points, losing out on fourth to Stan Stewart on countback. Third place went to Jim Ferris with forty excellent points but he lost runner-up place to Brian Gabe on countback. The flight winner and recipient of the green jacket was Dave Arataki with some fine golf giving him 41 points.

Near pins went to Doug Crowe (4), Brian Orr (7), Merle Humphreys (13) and George Muller (16). The best front nine award went to Danish golfer Nils-Petr Kristensen with 21 points whilst the best back nine award went to Colin Service for his 19 points, won on countback. At the other end of the scale was Don Carmody's wig contender of 21 points and Mick Coghlan's poor nine hole score of 10 points. However, word must have reached them earlier as both were absent from the presentation. Never mind lads your cards are marked!

What a fine start to the holiday season this day wss, High standards have been set. Up to you!

 

Mike and Brian Take Charge

Upon arrival at Pattavia we knew for sure it was a public holiday as the car park was simply overflowing with vehicles. This could be a slow day! The course was so busy that, at check-in, we were told there was no lockers left and all carts were out. This, of course, left some unused to walking with a dilemma. However, with the help of the Marshal, we were able to get everyone who wanted into a cart as the carts returned from the early rounds.
The golf course was in its usual wonderful condition with nicely mown fairways, bunkers maintained and raked and a rough that does not unduly penalize. The famous, or infamous, greens were quick enough on the front nine and quicker on the back nine. A couple of our number, who had not played here before, were given the usual warnings “keep it under the hole”.
A nice breeze for most of the day gave players a pleasant day out, albeit a very slow one. Part of that problem was the 5 groups of six balls ahead of them. Well over five hours for most.  Oh well, it is a public holiday and start of high season.
There was some excellent scoring today as many were able handle the tricky greens.
Top score of the day came from Mike Tottenham, clearing away to take out “B” flight (18+) and the Green Jacket. Then came a three-way tie on 38 points resulting in a couple of countbacks. Stan Stewart won the second spot from Jim Ferris with Larry Slattery, back in form, fourth.
Brian Talbot has been in great form for the past few games. He wore the Green Jacket with 39 points, then beaten for the Jacket with 40 points and today another 40 points to miss the Jacket again. Winning “A” flight (0-17), not sure he is too worried.
Alan Humphries played his first game this trip to do well for second spot with 37 points to win a countback over Colm Lawlor, with Tony Browne coming back to form for 36 points and fourth.

Near Pins: Steve Baker (4), Derek Phillips (7), Maurice Roberts (13), Petur Petursson (17).

Huw Phillips had put the near pins in his golf bag in his car, then took a wrong turn on the drive back. This resulted in a waiting game to finalise the results. Phil decided a “silly hat” was due. Andy May is a newcomer and found our golf courses too awesome and did not score well, so a “wig” for him.

Pattavia continues to be a testing course which many golfers enjoy.

Eastern Star Shines

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There appears to be some serious money being spent at this course lately. The sparkling new lockers rooms, complete with nice showers, re furbished restaurants and an impressive entrance, along with welcoming staff, makes for a good start to the day. Then, we have the course. This has gone ahead in leaps and bounds and is now looking to be up there with the best, without the price tag.

As we stood on the first tee some cloud shaded out the sun and players were hoping for the same all day. Of course, it wasn’t, but the weather was not as punishing as recently.

A three ball was the first of our seven groups and was sent away earlier than our allocated tee time and made good pace, to the extent that they went to the tenth tee 21 minutes ahead of the second group. However, as a three ball they did run up the back of another society and slowed somewhat from their first nine. That other society was not slow at all, it is just the way it works.

Still, all groups finished in good time, unlike the five and a half hour round two days earlier. Our bus driver was happy to be home before dark this time. On a nice course with slick greens it would take some good golf to score well. Two players with 39 points said that some did play very well.

In the “A” flight John Harrison, in a rare game with Links, compiled an impressive 39 points to win the flight and the Green Jacket. Second spot had the consistent George Mueller with 38 points. Darren Beavers had such a bad time at his last start at this course that he gave it up, nightmare. Today redemption, and he was a happy man as he handed in his card with 37 points and third place.John Malet De Carteret filled fourth with 34 points.

“B” flight produced the other 39 points, this time from Stan Stewart who has been knocking up some good scores recently, beating two players on 38 points each. The countback got Larry Slattery home ahead of Dave Arataki, in his final game with us for 2018. George Wilson started the day a little scratchily, but settled down to score 32 points and the final spot on the podium.
Best nines for non-winners went to Colm Lawlor’s 22 points front nine and Niels Peter Kristensen’s 17 points back nine.

We had tagged the player with the lowest nine-hole score but, before the presentations, Derek Phillips corrected us and volunteered himself as having an even lower score. Thanks Derek. We think he likes the “silly hat”.
Maurice was excited when Graham Pratt returned. He reckoned the “wig” had a natural home on Graham. It was, and looks just fine. In fairness, it was his first game in a year in Pattaya. Phil decided a massage was badly needed, so presentation duties were handed to Maurice to conduct a loud and hilarious final 10 minutes of another great day out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other News

 

Sign-Up Sheets

Sign up sheets are now displayed for up to a month before a fixture as current demand is greater than experienced before. Thank you for your cooperation.

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. Unfortunately for a few weeks now this access has been severely restricted with the PSC's ongoing problems with its online facility. Therefore PLGS has decided to encourage all golfers to join Birdie (Thailand) and use its handicapping system. It is the same USGA system as currently used by PSC and the introduction of the new unified system in 2020 will offer no challenges to the professionally maintained system. 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 asked to join Birdie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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