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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

John Gibson (England)

to their debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends

John Hughes (England)
Olivier Tahon (France)
Colm Lawlor (Ireland)
Alan Humphries (Wales)
John O'Neill (Wales)
Paul Durkan (England)
Colin Smith (Wales)
Stuart Kidd (England)

Goodbye and best wishes for a safe return for

Dave Heyes (England)
Damon Lawrenson (England)
Richie McIntosh (Scotland)
Terry Dreier (Australia)

 

 

 

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

 

Countback Wins it for Terry 

A nice easy day today, at least for the organisers, with ‘only’ twenty-seven players, down from the past few games. It was an easy check-in too, at Khao Kheow, at our green fee price of 1050 bht, plus an early start when the starter allowed us to send the first group off twenty minutes before our scheduled tee time.

The course is still in very good condition although, with no recent rain, parts of the fairways and lots of rough are showing some tinges of brown. The tee box renovations are coming along and some are now being used. There was a stiff breeze blowing for about three quarters of the round before dropping away later on.

It was a close decision to have one flight or two, but we went with one flight of five places.

Although the course is in good condition and has plenty of run and quick greens, the scores were on the low side, with no player beating handicap.

Since returning to Pattaya, Nigel Harrison has been in the mix most games and today it was the fourth spot with 33 points, losing a countback to Olivier Tahon in his first game back. A clear third place went to Maurice Roberts on a solid 34 points, and then another countback to separate first and second. Terry Dreier just managed to pip George Mueller to take first place and the Green Jacket, both scoring 35 points.

Near pins: Damon Lawrenson (C3), Steve Moxey (C8), Olivier Tahon (A3), Alan Humphries (A5).
Best Front Nine “C” (non winners) Richie McIntosh,17 pts.  Best Back Nine “A” (non winners) Colm Lawlor,18 pts.

Another player just returned from the U.K was John O’Neil who scored his first prize this trip, the “wig”. Better things to come. Jim Ferris shot the lowest score on a nine and posed for the photo wearing the “silly hat”. A nice early return to Links, a quick presentation, and it was everyone off to where they needed to go.  We will be back to Khao Kheow in about two weeks.

 

Bill Copeland Rides Again

It seems that the word has got around about the great price for playing afternoons at Pattana. Since we again had forty plus players, we asked for a two-tee start. This was not possible as the “A” course was closed but management allowed us to start at 11.45 instead of 12.00. In fact, our first group got away a few minutes earlier than that. This three-ball made very good time around the “C” course only to arrive at the “B” course to find many groups, including at least two five-balls, ahead of them which caused a twenty-five-minute wait to tee off for their second nine. There was one large contingent from another Pattaya Golf Society as well as many players whom, we assume, were guests at the Pattana Hotel/Resort. In the end our last group came in just on last light.

It goes without saying that the course was once again in great condition in every department. The weather was something different with a strong wind blowing most of the day and the temperature way down, which Thailand is experiencing currently. A very comfortable, albeit, slow round.

Bill Copeland is making a habit of wearing the Green Jacket and, after winning in October followed by two wins in November, has started December in the same fashion. How many this month? Bill scored 41 points for the” A” flight win, closely followed by George Mueller who went away for a while, but he is definitely back, with a 40-point haul. Phil Davies returned to some form to take third place on 36 points ahead of Livio Marrone grabbing fourth with 34 points.

“B” flight also produced some good scores where returnee, George Wilson, won with 40 points. Tony Browne has shown good form recently and 39 points got him second spot.
Niall Caven has been consistent this trip and here he won a countback over Bill Stewart, both with 36 points.

With the big field we added some extra “near pins” again. Near Pins “A” flight: Mike Ehlert, Greg Smith, Wayne Peppernell, Peter Lacey. Near Pins “B” flight:  Panda Aree, Larry Slattery, Peter Allen, Tony Browne.
Best Front Nine (B) (non winners) – Olivier Tahon – 19 pts c/back. Best Back Nine (C) (non winners) – Terry Dreier – 18 pts

Due to the late return to Links Bar, and the would-be recipient of the “silly hat” did not return to the bar at all, Phil decided to leave the booby prizes in the bag, but of course, presented the Green Jacket to Bill. JJ Harney, the joke cracking Irishman, came to play with us and donated a prize for “2s”, which we don’t normally do. Unfortunately, out of 43 players, no-one managed to achieve that feat but the gesture by JJ was much appreciated.
One more time to go at the special price and hopefully the “A” course will be open to enable the crowds to be spread over the three nines.

Mike Ehlert’s 41 points Too Good

A very cool and blustery day greeted our forty golfers as we headed up the 7 and then the 331 to Greenwood Golf Club. The course is in very good condition with plenty of run on the nicely mown fairways and greens playing true with both nines at about 9.7 on the ‘Stimp’.

The starter sent our first group off a little before the scheduled start time and they set a good pace for the first nine. However, a Farang 5-ball, all walking, and devoid of golf etiquette held them back as this group stopped to take photos and then a 4-minute stop at the half-way kiosk. Soon our group made the move and went through. The rest followed suit and the round was completed in good time.

American regular, Mike Ehlert, put daylight between himself and the rest of “A” flight to score 41 points, the best of the day, and later wore the Green Jacket. Then came a bunch up of the next three placings, all on 36 points, where a countback was needed to split them. Phil Davies took second spot, and then George Mueller held third followed by Richard Fearby, on a scratch handicap, finishing fourth, his 36 points, 72 gross was course par.
Livio Marrone has been consistent and his 34 points grabbed fifth place.

John Coetzee was a clear winner of “B” flight with a solid 38 points.
Then came another log jam with the next four players each scoring 36 points, requiring more countbacks. All four players have been in good form recently, so the order was Nigel Harrison followed by Niall Caven, then Tony Browne and Bill Stewart.

Near Pins: Richard Fearby (A flight), George Mueller (A flight), Tony Browne (B flight), Darren Beavers (B flight)

Stuart Kidd had the best back nine for non-winners with 18 points, but Paul Durkan had the worst nine-hole score of just 9 points which entitled him to wear the “silly hat”. Newcomer John Gibson had a nervous first tee shot which didn’t go far. However, he recovered well to score 22 points overall, but not enough to escape the “wig”.

 

 

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