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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

 

to his debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends

Gary Bolger (Australia)
Dave Hewson (England)
Garry Hookey (Australia)
Peter Bailey (Australia)

Goodbye and best wishes for a safe return for

David De Caminada (USA)
Rana Gurnam (Wales)
Colm Lawlor (Ireland)
Henry Mah (Canada)
Bill Copeland (USA)

 

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

 

Maurice’s Great Big 42 Points

An unusual, for this time of year, grey cloud hung over Pattaya and our golfers were thinking ‘rain’ as they ate breakfast at Links Bar. This cloud and the idea of rain passed quickly and it was into buses and cars for the short trip to Burapha Golf Course for the later start time of 11.30 am.

Organisation was good and our nine groups got away on time, under fine, but warm conditions and had a nice clear run to all finish the round in good time. The course was in its usual first-class order and all comments I received were usually of one word, excellent.

Playing off his 12 handicap, Maurice left the field in his wake to romp in with an impressive 42 points to win “A” flight and the Green Jacket. Watch out, he is starting another of those runs. The first four place getters in “A” flight all had scores of note. Alan Thomas scored 39 points (76 gross) for second and Tommy Marshall 38 points (77 gross) to take third place. David Decaminda finally showed his 9 handicap on his last game this trip scoring 37 points for fourth.

The “B” flight saw a tight finish for the first three places, with a three-way tie on 35 points. Some countbacks were needed resulting in Gordon Laviolette, finally breaking into the winner’s circle, getting the nod over consistent Stuart Thompson and newcomer to Links, Joseph Buchberger, taking third spot. Then Stuart Kidd held out in another countback for fourth on 34 points.

There were four near pin markers out and all were won:  Chris Barker (A3), Stuart Kidd (A6), Paul Durkan (B3), Bill Shepley (B8). Best Front Nine (non-winners) – Colm Lawlor – 19 pts c/back. Best Back Nine (non-winners) – Wayne Peppernell – 21 pts

It seems our most regular wearer of the “silly hat” is none other than Phil. He often finds a silly reason to wear it, but this time it was for the original purpose of the worst score on one of the nines.
The first, and to date, the only lady to wear the “wig” was seen shuffling toward the front as Phil was teasing. But she missed out on a second chance as the “wig” found its way on to the head of Seamus Byrne for the lowest score overall.

Steinmann Star Man

The Pattaya Links Golf Society called in on Greenwood on Wednesday, 13th February to play a stableford competition with the forty-one strong field divided into two flights at 17 and under. As always the course was in excellent condition with deliciously consistent greens. The only downside was that the course was damp after the usual early morning irrigation and so it was decided to play the A and C nines from the yellow tees with the preferred lies option on the fairways. This made for a very tight contest in both flights and certainly helped the shorter hitting golfers enjoy the day more on a course which boasts some long par threes and fours.

In the second flight minor places were decided by countback with Stuart Kidd taking fifth place with 35 points behind John Chelo and third placed Kenny Jepson. Derek Phillips was runner-up with 36 points and the flight was won by the senior golfer in the field John Pearce with 38 excellent points.

The top flight followed the same pattern with countback relegating Maurice Roberts to fifth with with 37 points, behind Phil Davies and Dave Hewson, finishing third on his return round, again with 37 points. In second place was Bill Copeland with a fine 38 points and the flight winner was New Yorker Bill Steinmann with 39 points on his debut round with the group. Not many golfers take the green jacket on their debut round so well done Bill!

Near pins went to Maurice Roberts (A2), Bill Copeland (A6) and Gordon Nelson (C6). Again the long C3 preserved its modesty with no golfers invading its space. Consolation prizes for the best nines went to Tip Briney on the A nine (21 points) and Chris Barker on the C none (21 points).

Mr Phil thoroughly enjoyed presenting the wig to his friendly rival Adam Barton after carding the lowest score of the day and the "silly hat" to Colm Lawlor on his final round this trip, his final nine holes netting only ten points.

Let nobody say Greenwood is easy from the shorter tees. It certainly isn't but it makes life easier for some on a sultry, windless day and everyone enjoyed the experience immensely.

“Laughing Man” Has Last Laugh

Darren Beavers never seems to be far from the action at Links Golf. If not sporting the “wig”, which he did during a form slump, or the “silly hat”, then he is wearing the Green Jacket. He was certainly “laughing man’ (a reference to a photo last week) after scoring a massive 45-point haul at Plutaluang today to run away with the “B” flight and the Green Jacket. Upon his return to the bar he tried to tell mates he did OK. But then within seconds he blurted out the score. Why wouldn’t you?

Phil Burton put in a great performance to take second spot with a fine 38 points, while Niall Caven showed a return to form with 35 points getting him third place. Phil Mitchell and Bryan Barrell battled it out for fourth at 34 points, with Phil having the better back nine. On another day 41 points would win everything and be the headline, but Takeshi will take the “A” flight win with a big smile. He has been close recently and today kept the rest at bay. Dave Hewson’s 39 points from a handicap of 9 certainly rates a mention and that got him second place and the best gross score of 78. Third and fourth went to the countback with Ray Banks winning that one from Bill Copeland, who is heading back to the USA for a short trip. Colin Service rounded out the podium with a handy 36 points.

Forty-one golfers found a Plutaluang Golf Course in very good condition and some reckoned the greens were true and as fast and treacherous as Pattavia. Darren Beavers thought they were okay as 27 points on the first nine came largely because of his putting where his playing partners agreed that he just could not miss. One of those putting days we all want.

In addition, Darren also picked up a “near pin’ by getting one inside Phil’s very good putt. Other near pins were won by Ray Banks, Iain Jones and Phil Davies settled for one.
Best Front Nine ( North) ( non winners) – Garry Bright…21 pts
Best Back Nine (West) (non-winners) – Adam Barton….21 pts

Once again there were many contenders for the “silly hat”. Takeshi lost his wallet, but Maurice found it for him, and then there was no money in it anyway.  However, Phil decided that the original purpose of the hat, for the lowest score on a nine, was the way to go. After a few fluttering hearts it was Phil Thackery getting the “honour”.
Michael Pallesen played his first game this trip from Denmark and scored low enough to wear the “wig”. Phil did point out the Michael had not been able to play for three months as his home is way too cold for humans.

 

 

 

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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.

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