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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

Murphy Sagai (Malaysia)
Glen Elsworth (England)

to their debut PLGS rounds

We also welcome back old friends

Ron Matthews (Australia)
Dave Ritchie (Scotland)

Goodbye and best wishes for a safe return for

Rob Morrison (Australia)
Paul Lanzette (USA)
Dave Hewson (England)
Paul Durkan (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


Stu Thompson’s Big Day Out

Pattavia Century Golf Course is not only a beautiful and testing course, but they have a very good regular price and, unlike many others, do not add extra baht to the cost for a public holiday.  It almost goes without saying that the Greenkeeper has kept up the fine presentation of the fairways and bunkers. To the relief of older hands, the greens have been tamed down from the way too speedy ones of other times. Having said that, they are still fast enough and, with some of the pin placements at times, can be tricky.

Twenty-four players today so just the one flight with five places.

It’s been a while between drinks for Stu Thompson, January in fact, since he wore the Green Jacket. Today he not only won it, but made absolutely sure of it with the great score of 43 points, a clear 6 points gap to second place. A big day out for Stu. The second spot had to be decided by countback where Andrew Purdie prevailed over Dave Stockman, who did well in his first game with Links for some time. Both had excellent scores of 37 points. Then came a further countback to split fourth and fifth places. Adam Barton won that encounter over Paul Smith, each with very good scores of 36 points.

Near pins:  John Pierrel (4), Dave Hewson (7), Paul Chesney (13), Paul Smith (17). Best Front Nine (non winners) Bill Copeland, 18 pts c/back. Best Back Nine (non winners) Nils-Peter Kristensen, 21 pts

Beside the condition of the course, the weather also helped make a pleasant day. There was a smidgen of rain here and there, but not enough to worry and the cooler breezes were welcome.
You never know with the “silly hat”. The worst score on a nine was 11 points. Think you are safe? Not today, so Bill Stewart stepped up. A couple of weeks ago Derek Phillips looked resplendent in the Green Jacket. Today it was ‘hero to zero’ for him, making the lowest score and wearing the “wig”.

Quality Again from Smith

The Pattaya Links Golf Society took the short trip to Burapha on Wednesday,14th August to play a stableford competition on the tasty A and B nines. Sadly the "taste" was a little soured by rain-restricted maintenance, leaving the rough tough and tangled and greens with a higher cut than usual, bringing "grain" into the equation with most putts.

The field of twenty-six golfers was divided into two flights at fifteen and under and play got underway before time. In the second flight Greg Proctor again made the frame, his 34 points giving him third place. In second place was Walter Baechli with 35 points. The flight winner was Dane Nils-Petr Kristensen with a steady level par 36 points. The top flight saw Paul Lanzetta scored 36 points to take third place, just one point behind the top two, Paul Smith and Glen Elsworth on 37 points. Countback decided in favour of Paul but his absence from the presentation gave PLGS debutant Glen the chance to wear the green jacket sifter his first round with the group.

Near pins went to Phil Davies (B3), Paul Smith (B8) and Paul Durkan (A3 and A6). Consolation prizes went to Chris Barker for his best front nine score of eighteen points and Dave Hewson for his back nine of 20 points, albeit on countback from Len Jones. Whilst we saw a newbie at the top of the leaderboard we saw the other newbie at the nether end and Murphy Sagai's almost semi respectable 26 points was decided as the lowest of three scores and qualified for the wig. Paul Chesney wore the "silly hat" for his low nine hole score but in mitigation he could claim distraction with the onerous duty of organising an imminent end-of-season PLGS tour.

It had been a day when the course may have disappointed but Paul Smith emphasized his quality with a round of 74 gross at Burapha.

Adam Barton Leads a Points Avalanche

Having not played on this day at Greenwood Golf Course I made the observation, upon receiving the scorecards, that the course must have been in top notch condition, even better than usual, as the scoring was so high. Maurice assured me it was indeed in excellent shape, but pointed out that they had played from the yellow tees. Aha! However, let’s take nothing away from the efforts of the twenty-two players who still had to play well to achieve these scores.

Leading the way with a mighty 42 points was Big Adam Barton who has been in good form on this rotation from his work. Colin Service has been on the improve and just missed the elusive Green Jacket, having ‘only’ 41 points. Any other day it might have been good enough. Greg Proctor, like Adam, has been consistent this trip and took third place with 40 points. It seems the more he plays the better he gets. Darren Beavers held down fourth spot with a much-improved game, scoring 39 points, and Wayne Peppernell grabbed the final place on the podium with a fine 38 points.

Near Pins were won by Wayne Peppernell (B2), Bill Copeland (B5), Paul Lanzetta (C6), while nobody was successful on (C3)
Best Front Nine (non winners) – Bryan Barrell – 22 pts. Best Back Nine (non winners) - Paul Chesney – 21 pts.
Without preamble or teasing, Phil called out Chris Barker for the “silly hat” for his not-that-bad eleven points on the front nine. Phil wanted to tell the hard luck story of Mike Firkin who had to endure a player in the group with zero golfing ability or etiquette and was not in the comp. (not a regular of ours).  Mike had the worst score of the day and Phil decided that he had some sympathy for him. That sympathy lasted mere seconds and Mike got the “wig” anyway.
The weather was overcast at the start and later after the clouds cleared it became a little hotter, but overall a nice day on a beautiful golf course, and everybody happy to see some big numbers next to their name.


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