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This week the PLGS welcomes

Brian Jones (Wales)

to his debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends

Mike Firkin (Australia)
Bryan Barrell (Australia)
John Edwards (Australia)

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, 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

(All Press Reports courtesy of John Anderson)

Good Form Wins It For Masaaki

We were once again a small group of eleven players today. A few days ago we had 22 starters. This is an up and down season for sure. Considering the condition of the course, would have expected some good scores.
After some words to management regarding prices advertised and prices charged, in their favour, of course, little was gained and we proceeded to the first Tee. Management needs to proof read information given to, for example PSC, before blaming others for getting it wrong.
Greenwood Golf Course is always presented in great condition, and today the A and B courses were as good as ever.
Fairways are well grassed, but cut to allow good run, even allowing for some light rain earlier in the morning. The greens have been cored and sanded recently, and had allowed true putting with good roll and  quick enough to get the ball to the hole.
However, the only shining lightswas the Winner of the day, Masaaki Sugaya (19) with a handicap breaking 37 points. In his short stay this trip Masaaki has played well but just fallen short. Today was his.
Colin Service has his ups and downs, golf wise, and today was an up day, handing in a scorecard with 34 points from handicap 17 to take the only other spot on the podium.
Bob Watson scored a creditable 31 points, followed by 4 players on 30 points.

Best Front Nine (non winners)…..Mike Allidi……18 pts
Best Back Nine ( non winners)…..John Anderson...17 pts c/back

.Winner…………Masaaki Sugaya (19)…………..37 pts  
 2nd Place……Colin Service (17)…………….....34pts

An easy drive back to Pattaya  and on to the sorting of results over a tasty curry and rice  for the Players.
There was a big cheer when “Massa” was presented with the Green Jacket.
Mr Phil could not believe his luck when told who was to wear the “Wig”. Plenty of laughter as he fitted it on the head of Maurice Roberts. Everyone thought that darker colour suited nicely.
LATE NEWS: It is now Wednesday and the PSC rates site has been amended to the prices management insisted were correct. Maybe somebody listened?

It’s Not Over 'Til It’s Over

Sunny, hot and humid conditions greeted the small but merry band of eleven golfers as they gathered at Links Bar ready for the relatively short trip to Bangpra Golf Course.
This lovely course has been through a few transformations recently. Last dry season only the brave few would venture there as the lack of rain had taken a toll, with the fairways resembling a dustbowl.
Then the rain came and all was green again, the dams full,the caddies happy and the monkeys went through their breeding cycle. All was right with the (golfing) world.
Today we found a course in very good condition, BUT ! those renowned fast greens were anything but fast. My caddy warned me at the start and she was right.
Old campaigners like Len Jones and Bob Watson thought these greens had never been as bad as this. This seems to be a trend at the moment, as we have had greens at other courses in the past week or two not up to their usual standard. We can only trust they are working on it.
Once again a nice quick, uninterrupted round albeit in hot conditions, and struggling with the greens.
Checking of the cards and we had the (potential) placegetters in order. However we were two cards short. These were with two players in a car. Would their scores be any better than what we had? Yes, they were..
They arrived not long after the bus,and, in true fashion, “it’s not over 'til it’s over.
Peter Henshaw produced the day’s highest points tally with a terrific 32 points to demonstrate just how tough it was out there. Second place was tight, with Selwyn Yates winning the countback scoring 31 points. Paul Bray, fellow car traveller with Peter just missing out and filling third place.
The Green Jacket and the “Wig” stayed packed away today.

Winner……Peter Henshaw (22)…..32 pts
2nd Place…Selwyn Yates (15)……,31 pts c/back
3rd Place….Paul Bray (9)…………,,,31 pts

Turned Out Nice in the End

Friday, 23rd June and the Pattaya Links Golf Society players gave no thought to the anniversary of the UK "Brexit" vote and proceeded to Mountain Shadow to play a stableford round on the course which was in good condition with well grassed fairways, allowing roll and greens which were a huge relief after the "brillo pads" at Bangpra two days previously. Fair weather clouds and a fresh breeze held for the full day and an empty course just added to the comfort of the day.

That said, the golfers found it hard to get going and low scores were a feature of the day. Dave Lehane took third place with 26 points and Sydney golfer Mike Firkin managed one point more on his return round. Mr Len's "on-off" relationship with his putter was definitely improved as he shrugged off a stuttering start to complete the final thirteen holes in two under to his handicap and took the day with 31 points. What could have been a hard slog turned out nice in the end. That's the magic of golf.



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