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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

Bob & Anne Stokes (Scotland)
Ralph McConnell (England)
Graham Pratt (England)

to their debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends

John Malet de Carteret (England)
Paul Edgar (England)

Goodbye and best wishes for a safe return for

Brian Talbot (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, 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)

Watson Shows His Quality Again

December 11th marked the first anniversary of the sad passing of PLGS old friend Leigh Abbey, at Burapha, and it was decided to dedicate the Links Golf day at Mountain Shadow to his memory. Many friends turned out and the large field was divided into two flights at sixteen and under. The course was looking a little jaded with some patchy fairways but still had the capacity to test and frustrate golfers who dared to stray from the short stuff.

Scores followed previous visits with golfers posting average or less cards, with one exception. In the second flight a better back nine was enough for Harry Langkoff to shake off the challenge of Tip Briney for third place with 29 points. Niall Caven posted another steady score of 30 points for second and Irishman Chris Walsh went three better to take the flight.

In the top flight Scotland's Bob Stokes took third with 32 nudging his partner Anne into fourth on 31. Second place went to Wayne Peppernell with 33 solid points whilst the group's best golfer, Bob Watson shot a gross 75 to give him 37 points, the day's sole sub-par round. Near pins were won by Maurice Roberts (5), Tip Briney (8), Bob Watson (15) and Harry Langkoff (17) and the consolation prizes were won by Ralph McConnell (best front nine, 18 points) and Colin Smith (best back nine, 16 points). John Mason kindly sponsored four more technicals, the winners being Bob Stokes in flight 1 (near pin, second shot, hole 10) and Harry Langkoff (second flight). The best par three total of 8 points was registered by Peter Wilson, on countback and the best par-five total was an excellent 10 points by Phil Davies.

The presentation marked the special day with three rousing cheers for Leigh and his memory was well served by the golf at Mountain Shadow.



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