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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

Stu Brown (England)

to his debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends

Jon Dean (USA)
Frank Jelmo (Denmark)
Garry Hookey (Australia)
Peter Bailey (Australia)
Vic Barton (England)
Mark Stubbing (Australia)
Iain Craigen (Scotland)
Mike Davies (Wales)

Goodbye and best wishes for a safe return for

Ray Banks (England)
Kenny Jepson (England)
Stuart Kidd (England)


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


Solid Slattery Tops the List

A tough task lay ahead of the Pattaya Links Golf Society on Monday, 18th February as thirty eight golfers made their way to Mountain Shadow to play a stableford round on the course which was very dry, giving lots of run but many tight lies on the dusty fairways. Greens were quite good but the back nine were slightly slower than those on the front. The course demands accuracy, fairways have to be hit and the punitive rough avoided. Quite a daunting prospect after a Pattaya weekend!

The field was divided into two flights at eighteen and under and scores were inevitably close. In the second flight fourth place went to Darren See on his debut round with the group, with 30 points. In third place was Derek Philips with a very sound 33 points, one behind runner-up Stuart Kidd, playing his final round this trip. The flight winner was Barry Oats with 36 points.

In the top flight fourth place was held down by Kevin LaBar with 30 points with Pete Seil on 33 points taking third after losing a countback with runner-up Billy Shepley. The flight winner and deserved wearer of the green jacket was Irish golfer Larry Slattery with the only sub par round of the day, 37 very solid points.

Near pins went to Phil Davies, Larry Slattery, Stuart Kidd and Tip Briney and the consolation best nines awards went to Darren Beavers (front nine, 17 points) and Chris Barker (back nine, 19 points). Chris also took the "silly hat" after a shabby six points on the front nine in a round of two distinct halves.

The fabled wig went to Ray Banks on his final round as he struggled with the prospect of an imminent return to England to produce the second lowest score of the day. It must be said however that his golf this trip has been generally very good with more success than some others on their annual visit. He and the other returnees wil be missed for their skill and comradeship.

No More Bridesmaid for Masa

Due to a mix-up in bookings we were disappointed to miss out on our trip to Khao Kheow in January, but we made up for it today. Thirty-nine golfers took to the course, after one no-show, and relished the decision to play from the yellow tees. Weather started hot, still, and uncomfortable, but eventually some cloud cover and a wisp of breeze gave some respite. We were told the day before that the course is not in good condition.  On any day we can get differing versions of that subject, depending on the circumstances of the commentator.

Although not in the pristine condition as at the start of the high season, probably due to heavy use and lack of rain, our group decided conditions were very good. Fairways, although drying somewhat are grassed and neatly mown. The greens are in excellent condition and mostly quite quick after being lightly sanded. The tee areas have not come up as well after a renovation, not a disaster, but a little disappointing.

Two flights today with the cut at 19 and under.

Masa Takano has been the “bridesmaid” many times on this trip. He has had some excellent scores which deserved a Green Jacket, but somehow managed to be the second-best score.  Today, just before heading home and back to work, he got his wish. With a nice 39 points he took out the “A” flight and the Jacket. Well done. Dave Hewson has been on the podium a bit and with his lowly handicap held second spot with 37 points and Chris Barker, another regular place getter, was third on 35 points. Derek Phillips and Mike Ehlert went to a countback on 34 points resulting in Derek getting fourth spot and Mike fifth.

A three-way tie had to go to countback to split them in “B” flight. Vic Barton won out to take first place from Bryan Barrell who, in turn, beat John Anderson into third. Gordon Laviolette with 31 points held out Paul Chesney who finished with 30 points.

Near pins: Dave Hewson (A3), Paul Chesney (A5), Mike Ehlert (B3), Richard Dobson (B8). Best Front Nine ( non winners)…Darren Beavers….18 pts  Best Back Nine (non winners)…..Connie Walsh ......18 pts.

At his final game this trip Mark Stubbing had the lowest nine hole score and donned the “silly hat” while Jim Ferris had a horror day and recorded the lowest overall score and was awarded the “wig”.

Gordon Good for Green

Local golfers could be forgiven for thinking the main golfing occasion at the end of this week was at Siam Old Course where the LPGA was holding its annual Honda event but wiser heads knew it was the Pattaya Links Golf Society's trip to neighbouring Pattaya CC on Friday, 22nd February which held all the thrills.

The course was dry but the greens were consistent and a strong breeze either helped or hindered shots but certainly made the day more comfortable. A field of twenty-nine golfers turned up and with the cut at sixteen and under play in two flights got under way before the allotted time slot.

The top flight saw an extremely tight contest with three golfers sharing the top score of 35 points. Countback placed American Mike Ehlert in third place behind compatriot Kevin LaBar leaving Andy Kelleher as the winner with the day's second best gross score of 82.

In the second flight Sweden's Eddie Runfors took third place with 34 points, one behind Alan Walker's solid 35 points and the only sub par golfer Gordon Laviolette on 38 points, which was good enough for the green jacket back at the Links.

Near pins went to Steve Truelove (5), Masa Takano (7), Gordon Laviolette (12) and Frank Jelmo (16). The consolation best front nine award was won by Gordon Nelson with 17 points with the best back nine award going to Darren Beavers with 19 points.

Golfers who struggled were relieved when the wig was awarded to Richard Dobson, who stepped down from a motorcycle taxi at the Links as his name was announced - the timing of the man is impeccable - and the "silly hat" award went to John Harrison whose back nine score of seven points belied his handicap of 12.

Galleries may well have been smaller than just down the road but the excitement was no less intense as the Links ended its current golf week with three enjoyable and skilful days of the game we all love.




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