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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

Thu Ben Tha Xuan (Vietnam)
Rod Marshall (Australia))
Derek Thorogood (England)
Richard Walters (England)

to their debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends

Jacob Cumming (Denmark)
Masauki Okada (Japan)
Shigeki Toyoshima (Japan)

Goodbye and best wishes for a safe return for

Stu Brown (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, 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

 

LaBar on Full Throttle at Laem Chabang

It may be low season but we had to close off the sign-up sheets early after reaching forty names as Laem Chabang had put a limit on numbers. On the first tee, A1, spasmodic light showers seemed to not worry the golfers as they teed off without complaint, hoping for the rain to go away. In fact, after a few holes, it did stop and then stayed overcast but dry for the rest of the round, albeit a little humid.

Scores were generally as we would expect here, in the 30 to 36 points area, particularly as the C course was played. However, the stand-out was Big Kevin LaBar who scorched around the course with his best ever score of 44 points to be 8 points clear of his closest rivals. To say he was chuffed is an understatement. Colin Smith returned to form with a handy 36 points for second in “A” flight ahead of three players on 35 points. Rod Marshall, on a visit from Da Nang in Vietnam, won the countback over Les Cobban who in turn took the fourth spot by winning yet another countback.

Kym Richardson, in his second outing this trip, won the countback to take out “B” flight with 36 points to relegate Masa Okada to second place at his first up round this time.  Colin Service has had a rest and came back firing to score 34 points in a countback over Bill Stewart.

Near-pins went to Tommy Marshall (A2), Klaus Fast (A7), Darren Beavers (C5) James Hudson (C8).
Best Front Nine (non winners) – Maurice Roberts – 22 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners) - Adam Barton – 21 pts
The “silly hat” was all over before it started, as Tip Briney was spotted quietly asking around the bar in the morning if anybody had a spare pair of golf shoes, as his were still in his room. Phil heard him!
Although most scores were in the range there were a couple of serious contenders for the “wig”, but it was Kenny Jepson who had one of those days and finished with the lowest score.
Once again Laem Chabang was presented in pristine condition and the light rain at the start did it no harm at all.

 

 

 

 

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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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