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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

John Innes (Scotland)
Greg Robinson (Scotland)

to his debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends

Peter Duncan (Scotland)
Ron Matthews (Australia)
Tim Dale (Australia)
Jeff Hunt (Australia)

Goodbye and best wishes for a safe return for

Bill Copeland (USA)

 

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

 

Drive for Show...Just!

What better for a golfer than the prospect of a competition at Bangpakong Riverside to start the week! With two groups of regulars involved with a visiting tour group the PLGS numbers were more in line with the seasonal average and one large minibus was on order to ferry the lads on the hour long travel to the course. The new operator provided a smaller bus than was ordered and one golfer withdrew because of the lack of seats and the journey began. Insisting he knew best the driver proceeded to hint at visits to Royal Lakeside, Amata Spring and the Power Station course at Bangpakong before eventually finding the Riverside after one hour and forty five minutes, meaning the group checked in at tee off time. What a fine preparation for the day!

Golfers are hardy folks and very adaptable and the four groups eventually teed off on a course which was in magnificent condition. Superlatives cannot do the course justice and fairways, which were immaculate, allowed some run whilst the greens were a joy to putt on with their consistency.

The single flight saw a tight battle ensue with two golfers going head-to-head on the back nine. Unfortunately one poor drive on the fourteenth saw Mr Len's challenge waver and the advantage went to marker Burnie Stafford, who eventually finished with forty points, one ahead of Len Jones' thirty nine. In the following group Bill Copeland was drawing his current stay to a close with another fine round of thirty eight points.

Near pins went to Chris Barker (4), Masa Takano (7), Larry Slattery (13) and Colin Service (16), whilst the best front nine of 19 points went to John Mason with Darren Beavers taking the back nine with 18 points. Keith Melbourne received the wig with a broad smile and Mike Firkin suited the silly hat to a tee after his poor back nine.

The final technical for the longest drive of the day went to Khun Somchai of the minibus company.

Déja Vu for Darren

For the second time in three weeks the Pattaya Links Golf Society visited Greenwood to play a stableford competition on the A and C nines. On the previous visit the course was very wet and played extremely long but this time carts were allowed full access but just in case the group played from the yellow tees. The course was in good condition, only slightly soft and the greens were good even if the C nine greens were a little quicker than the front nine.

The field was divided into two flights at fifteen and under and in the top flight Livio Marrone edged Chris Barker into third place on countback, his 34 points giving him second place. The flight winner was Kevin Rogers with 38 points.

In the second flight countback was used to decide the minor places with Pierre Zbinden's 37 points taking preference over Wayne Peppernell's fine efforts. The flight winner was Darren Beavers, winner here three weeks ago, with 38 points, and as a bonus his back nine was better than that of Kevin Rogers so he took the green jacket as well.

Near pins went to Kevin (A2), Tony Browne (A6), Ron Matthews (C3) and Tim Dale (C6. Masa Takano's 19 points on the front nine was the best of the non winners as was Derek Phillips in run of 20 points on the C nine. The wig went to Mike Firkin after a desperate round saw him leave his card under the windscreen wiper of the captain's car in order to preserve anonymity, whilst the silly hat award went to newbie John Innes for his poor back nine.

Greenwood is slowly getting back to its best after a long damp spell and next month it should be back up there again.

 

 

 

 

 

Other News

 

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A View From the Nineteenth

Jesuit John I've been expecting a society hole in one for quite some, as we from Len's old group have never gone so long without one. Congratulations to Kevin for showing how it's done. As these things often come in groups, I'm now confidently expecting at least another this side as Christmas; but I'm just not going to to say who's going to get it in case it puts the mockers on them...but it could be a special "furkin" day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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