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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

 

to their debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends

John Hughes (England)
Henry Mah (Canada)
Jim Carlsson (USA)

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, 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

(We are very grateful to John Anderson for his entertaining and informative tournament reports)

 

Craig Ends Holiday On A High

A visit to the amazing Khao Kheow Golf Club is always something to look forward to. Once again, if you choose to go to a popular course, you will get plenty of golfers come with you. After a couple of no shows, again, we lined up 38 players in 10 groups.

These numbers can become a bit cumbersome, but it is high season and we welcome anyone to join us. All the organizer asks is for some patience from the players. Not every one can be in the first group. We try to please, but it doesn’t always work for some.

Only 5 days earlier Khao Kheow received so much rain in one day so as to cause the abandonment of the PSC Charity Classic. But the course has recovered so well that it looks magnificent.  We played B and A nines off the yellow tees and carts were allowed on the fairways, which were quite firm, but as is the case at KK, not a lot of run. The greens are in superb condition, with some interesting pin placements, and the ball rolled well and with good speed.

This is regarded as a fairly tough course, so we had only three players scoring handicap or better. None better than “B” flight winner, Craig Mitcham with a terrific 40 points. This was his send off as he returns to his job in cold old UK.

Ralph McConnell should have been going as well, but decided to extend his stay and racked up a nice even 36 points to take second spot, while Alan Sullivan made 32 points in his first outing with Links Golf.

“C” flight saw our only lady golfer, Helene Lindberg take the honours with a fine 37 points to finish well in front of second placed Chris Walsh, 31 points, and then John Anderson winning a narrow countback to sneak into third with just 28 points.

Why “A” flight last?  The top score of this flight was only 33 points, shared between three players. Therefore, we went to the countback to separate them. Pierre Cere won out with the best back nine (A) course. Then Bob Watson tipped out Colin Smith to grab second.  Perhaps not big points, but well played to those three.

Four Near Pins out today and all were won:
Henry Mah (B3), Mike Wilsher (B8), John Hughes (A3), Tony Gavaghan (A5)

There’s always the Best Nines:

Best Front Nine…..Bill Copeland……..19pts 
Best Back Nine…..Mike Allidi…..........18 pts

Winner..”A” flight……...Pierre Cere (13)……………33pts c/back
2nd Place….................Bob Watson (4)…………….33 pts c/back
3rd Place………………..Colin Smith (13)……………33 pts.

Winner “B” flight………..Craig Mitcham (18)………..40pts
2nd Place…………………Ralph McConnell (16)……..36 pts
3rd Place………………….Alan Sullivan (15)…………32 pts

Winner..”C” flight……...Helene Lindberg (23)……….37 pts
2nd Place….................Chris Walsh (23)…………….31pts
3rd Place………………..John Anderson (29)…………..28 pts c/back

Even if you lose a few golf balls, it is always a good day out at Khao Kheow and our group had some fun and laughs.
Colin Smith over cooked a chip, and the ball was headed for the water, when one of the caddies took a diving catch millimetres before she and the ball went swimming. There was hat and towel and gloves flying everywhere. If any cricket team needs a wicket keeper, she’s your girl.

Craig Mitcham wore the Green Jacket and the returning Henry Mah loved the “wig” and glasses.

 

 

 

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