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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

Roy Matthews (England)
Kissy Buchanan (Australia)
Mike Sherriffs (Egland)
Tony Boggian (Australia)

to their debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends

Geoff Wllace (Australia)
Ray Byron (Australia)
Eric Black (Australia)

Goodbye and best wishes for a safe return for

Dave Buchanan (England)
Iain Craigen (Scotland)


 

 

 

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

 

Monday PSC Monthly at Laem Chabang

No information forthcoming

 

Phil Davies Continues a Winning Streak

After teaming with Paul Smith to win the PSC Members Tournament on Monday at Laem Chabang with a massive team score of 49 points and an individual score of 42 points, Phil Davies kept his hot form going to take out today’s “A” flight and the Green Jacket, for which was he was the model for the tailor. In second place was John Pierrel, who is also playing good golf, scoring 37 points to win the countback over Dave Buchanan who once again had 72 off the stick.

“B” flight saw Tip Briney, still showing very good form, grab first spot with 37 points. Barry Elphick came to join us again and had a good day out by clocking up 36 points for second place, while Geoff Wallace, on his return, took third with 33 points.

Treasure Hill is not known for very high stableford scores but today, of twenty-eight players, six played to handicap or better and overall, sixteen had thirty points or better. Most likely the reasons are the fact the course is in very good condition, although the greens are a little slower than normal and a new idea, I think, is that Treasure Hill moves the white and yellow tees together when a public holiday therefore, seemingly, making for a shorter course.

Near pins: Tip Briney (2), John Pierrel (6), Paul Smith (13), John Pierrel (17)
Best Front Nine (non winners) – Bill Stewart – 18 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners) – Ray Byron –   18 pts c/back
Iain Craigen is getting used to wearing the “wig” but was spared today by a returnee, Mike Souden, who had the lowest score, therefore taking over the mantel. But no fear, Iain had the worst score on a nine and got to wear the “silly hat”.
So ends another day playing golf in the Land of Smiles, it’s hard, but has to be done.

Boggian Wins on Debut

The Pattaya Links Golf Society ended a hot and sultry week with a visit to Pleasant Valley for a stableford competition. The course was in good condition and the greens were not noticeably slow and playing from the blue tees made the course a testing challenge of 6600-plus yards. In fact three of the blue tees were placed alongside the distant black ones!

Paul Smith took fourth spot by winning a countback from George Mueller, on 36 points. Then, losing a countback for second place on 37 points, was an improved Dave McKey. B eating Dave McKey was Phil Davies with his third sub-par round of the week, this time 37 points. That's how it stood until the final group returned and newbie Tony Boggian, handicap 17, proudly submitted a forty-point card to take the win and his debut Green Jacket.

Near pins went to Eric Black (5), Wayne Peppernell (8), Mark Sharp (13) and Phil Davies (17), whilst best nine awards went to Bill Stewart (17 points on the front nine) and Bill Copeland (21 points on the tight back nine). Mike Tottenham's point-a-hole performance on the front nine gave him the "silly hat" award whilst Jimmy Mac's first round for two years gave him the lasting memento of the dreaded wig.

Congratulations to all PLGS golfers for their efforts this week, no more so than Phil Davies with scores of 42, 37 and 37. Well done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sign-Up Sheets

Sign up sheets are now displayed for up to a month before a fixture as current demand is greater than experienced before. Thank you for your cooperation.

Important Notice

Golfers are reminded that a confirmed handicap needs to be shown before competition entry is accepted.

PLGS and Handicaps

As we are a competition based golf group the access to accurate current handicap details is essential to preserve the integrity of our competitions. Unfortunately for a few weeks now this access has been severely restricted with the PSC's ongoing problems with its online facility. Therefore PLGS has decided to encourage all golfers to join Birdie (Thailand) and use its handicapping system. It is the same USGA system as currently used by PSC and the introduction of the new unified system in 2020 will offer no challenges to the professionally maintained system. Access is available 24/7 and all PLGS competition scores are now being sent to Birdie as well as PSC. Adjustments are iimmediate and a confirmatory email is sent whenever a member's score has been added.

Birdie membership is free and an app is available for download on its website at https://birdie.in.th/

All PLGS golfers are therefore asked to join Birdie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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