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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

Eamon Moran (England)

to his debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends

Brian Talbot (England)
Brendan McGovern (Ireland)
Niall Caven (England)

Goodbye and best wishes for a safe return for

Kevin Rogers (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

 

Cobban Collects at Pattavia

The Pattaya Links Golf Society visited Pattavia on Monday, 12th November looking forward to the start of a new golfing week and found a course in excellent condition with greens which were a little inconsistent, with a quicker selection on the front nine and the back nine a little inconsistent. It was not enough to upset the eight groups however and some good scores were recorded.

The field wad divided into two flights with the cut at seventeen and under and the second flight saw fourth place taken by Larry Slattery, on countback from Jim Ferris, with 35 points. One point ahead in third was Stan Stewart, himself a single point off runner-up Tony Browne, with 37 points. The winner of a tight flight was Irish golfer Derek Phillips with a well deserved 38 points.

In the top flight Plus handicapper Brendan McGovern's gross 73 was not enough to garner points for the placings as fourth place went to German golfer Julian Preisinger with 35 points, losing out on countback to third placed golfer Pat Lavin. In second was Kevin Rogers, again on 35 points his back nine beating his two friendly rivals. The flight winner and recipient of the green jacket was Les Cobban with 39 points.

There were near pins for Les Cobban (4), Paul Smith (7 and 13) and Jim Ferris (17) and the consolation best front nine award went to Tommy Marshall (21) whilst the best back nine went to Brian Talbot with 20 points. At the "wrong" end of the leaderboard the wig went to Guy Stewart whilst the silly hat looked dangerously comfortable on the head of Ian Mollard after his poorest nine hole score. However it was Ian's first round back with the group and his ambitions will be set higher next round.

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

Another Landmark Day

A visit to Burapha is always a memorable event and the Pattaya Links Golf Society chose the course as its Wednesday venue on 14th November. The group comprising eight fourballs were assigned the A and B nines, arguably the best eighteen holes in the province. Under an overcast sky the course was in fine condition with well grassed fairways and consistent greens and it was another day when landmark golf occurred.

The two divisions were cut at seventeen and under and in the second flight a fine level par round gave Tip Briney fourth place as he found some consistency again. In third was Darren Beavers with a return of 37 points, losing second place to the returning Niall Caven on countback. The flight winner was Steve Baker with 39 points.

Brendan McGovern, the Irish senior playing off plus two, returned the PLGS' best gross score for the year with 69 which gave him 37 points for fourth place, following Phil Davies in third with 38. Phil lost out to Vincent Smyth on countback. The winner, and green jacket winner, was Pete Seil with 39 solid points.

Elsewhere Maurice Roberts nailed his "thirteenth or fourteenth" - his words - hole in one, on A3, whilst also winning the next near pin three holes later. He was joined in the near pin race by Paul Stewart (B3) and Tommy Marshall (B8). The consolation best front nine was won by Martin Hoblyn (19 points) and Nigel Harrison recorded the best back nine of 23 points, which helped add some respectability to his card. In Ken Page's absence the wig was presented to Ian Mollard whilst Dave Arataki wore the silly hat after his eight point haul on the back nine.

Final word from Maurice, "I don't even get excited anymore". Well, we do Maurice and congratulations and thanks for ringing the bell!

Steve Baker Snares Another Jacket

Sometimes it’s good to be in the last group (cough!) as you have time to smell the roses.
The roses are not yet blooming at Pattana but, stand on an elevated tee anywhere around the course and take in the view. Fantastic! Green, rolling, beautifully cut fairways, the different shade of green at the tee boxes and the putting surfaces, and the water features. Stop and look sometime.
The only down side, if there must be one, was the weather.  For most of the round it was just hot and humid and wearying for those in carts. Hats off to the walkers for making it through.
Now to the golf.
On a course in such good condition, we might expect some good scores, and we got them. “B” flight saw a tight finish decided on countback for first, with Steve Baker edging out Martin Hoblyn to take his second Green Jacket. Both had a great 40 points. Then another close one as Jim Ferris and Stan Stewart both scored 38 points, with Jim’s better back nine getting him third. Derek Phillips had 37 points and didn’t get a look in.
“A” Flight best score of 38 points came from Maurice Roberts with his second win in his last two outings to Pattana. Something works there. Colm Lawler was a late entry on Thursday afternoon. A phone call to Phil and he added him to his group, along with Maurice. Colm repaid with a well-played 37 points for second place on his first game at Links Golf.
Huw Phillips returned after a long absence to make his presence felt first up, scoring 35 points, while Guy Stewart bounced back from his “wig” performance on Monday to hold fourth spot with 34 points. Eamon Moran, another first timer at Links earned a mention for having the best back nine score of 19 points for non-winners, and Tony Browne had 21 points on the front nine.

Near Pins:
Bernie Stafford (A3), Brian Talbot (A8) Colm Lawler (B3), John Mason (B7)
Winner …” A” flight……. Maurice Roberts (13) ………...38 pts
2nd Place………….............Colm Lawler (15) ………........37 pts
3rd Place…………..............Huw Phillips (15) ………........35 pts
4th Place…………………. Guy Stewart (13) …………….34 pts

Winner…” B” flight………Steve Baker (19) …………….40 pts c/back
2nd Place…………………. Martin Hoblyn (25) ………….40 pts
3rd Place…………………. Jim Ferris (22) ……………....38 pts c/back
4th Place…………………. Stan Stewart (20) …………....38 pts

Best Front Nine (non-winners) ………Tony Browne……….21 pts
Best Back Nine (non-winners) ………. Eamon Moran………19 pts

A week is a long time in golf. In that space of time, Alan Walker went from riches to rags. Wearing the Green Jacket last Friday to the “wig” this Friday. Once again, many contenders for the “silly hat”, and, after going through the list of “silly” things, it went to Mitchell Carlon who screamed around the front nine for 20 points to have a complete blow out on the back for the worst nine of the day. Total score 27, you do the sums.
Thirty keen golfers had yet another enjoyable visit to beautiful Pattana Golf Course.

 

 

 

 

 

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