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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

 

to their debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends

 

 

Goodbye and best wishes for a safe return for

 

 

 

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

 

A Top Score from Ron on a Wet Course

As we looked out over Laem Chabang golf course it looked every bit as pristine and manicured as we have come to know. However, once getting onto those nice looking fairways, we found the ground quite wet and even soggy in places. Obviously, this course has had a lot of recent rain. We called lift, clean and place and, again, a good decision as balls were plugging and there was almost no run at all.

The greens were right up to the normal high standard but, again, having had a lot of water, were much slower than usual.

The first couple of groups handing in the cards lamented about the wet course and how hard it was to score, so it was looking a bit dire. That was until the Ron Dickie, a first timer at Links, handed in his score of 39 points, and that was off a #9 handicap.
Then the ‘ Bridesmaid’, Bill Copeland, came in with a good score of 35 points for second place, again, but only after winning a countback from Craig Webster, in his last game before going home to NZ. Paul Durkan had another podium finish with his 34 points to take fourth place.
Best front nine (non-winners) – Daniel Shamir – 19 pts
Best front nine (non-winners) – George Mueller - 18 pts

Paul Durkan brought out three mates for their first time at Links. Rod, the winner, was one of them and Daniel Shamir was another and he had a ‘best front nine’ with 19 points while George Mueller had ‘best back nine with 18 points. For the record, the third ‘mate’ was Andy Robertson.

Although grey, and threatening rain all through the round, we escaped again without a drop of moisture. With few people on course, our first three groups finished in four hours, the last group somewhat longer than that.

 

Bill Copeland Sloshes Through to Win

After having a wet Laem Chabang course on Monday, it was probably not surprising to find a similar situation here at Eastern Star. The fairways were very wet and let’s not talk about the rough, or rather, don’t go there.

The story of the greens: At our last visit here they were having problems, like many other courses. However, although they were wet and slow today, these greens have been worked on and have come a fair way back to what they should be, and were.

Even though he has been in some placings and ‘best nines’ in the past six weeks, another Green Jacket has been elusive for Bill Copeland. Sloshing along on the wet fairways, he has come in with the top score for the day of 34 points.  As an idea how good that score was under the circumstances, Tip Briney, with his trusty four iron off the tee, scored a respectable 31 points for second spot. We had only seven starters today so paying just the two placings. Had there been a third, Wayne Peppernell would have that place with 29 points. He says that he had three balls become plugged and they couldn’t find them, so that’s why he didn’t beat Bill.

Our luck with the weather returned as, although the sky was many shades of grey during the day, we were spared the raindrops.

The rate we paid today, as with the past few months, is very nice, and may it continue into the ‘high season’, as we have already booked this course for next month. Hopefully things will dry out a bit by then as well.

 

 

 

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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. There seems to be some problems wih PSC fully joining the new world handicapping system Therefore PLGS has decided to encourage all golfers to join Birdie (Thailand) and use its handicapping system. It is fully compliant with the new system and is professionally maintained. 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 invited to join Birdie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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