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This week the PLGS welcomes

Chris Barker (USA)
Paul Kennedy (Australia)
Craig Kambo (Australia)
Derek Phillips (Ireland)

to their debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends

Lee Rodman (England)
Mogens Jensen (Denmark)
Torben Lindgaard (Denmark)

Goodbye and best wishes for a safe return for

Greg Proctor (Australia)
Vic Wright (Australia)



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 Tournament Reports courtesy of John Anderson)


Dynamic Duo Strikes Again !

The Watson and Roberts Show keeps rolling on. Once again these two finish one/two and leave the rest of the field to please themselves.
Bob Watson followed up his 36 point haul at St.Andrews and 38 points at Mt.Shadow with another handicap equalling 36 points today. Maurice Roberts had a big 40 points at St.Andrews,  a course he doesn’t like much, and today only made 34 points, but enough to finish second, six points clear of newcomer Chris Barker, who took third on countback.
It’s only two weeks since we played Eastern Star, and what a contrast. Then we commented on how green and easy to play the fairways.  It must be a tough job being greenkeeper here, as you need to have the weather gods on your side. In this short time, due to lack of rain, the course has already started to dry out with grassless patches appearing already. This is not such a bad thing, because there was plenty of run. Small mercies for a not so big hitter..
The greens, although lightly sanded, played well. One player commented that, obviously you could not read the grain, so needing to just judge the fall of the green.
The weather looked threatening, with a big black cloud hovering all day. But not a drop! This made for a very humid and wearing day.
Pricing today was  increased from 1200 bht last time to 1750 bht (all in). Still don’t understand why clubs charge penalty rates on holidays. Do staff get paid more for working on Public Holidays?? If so, OK.
After one no show 15 golfers came out to play, so resulting in one flight with three places, and the popular Best Nines for non winners.

Best Front Nine…..Phil Davies……16 pts. (he was the one beaten on c/back for third)
Best Back Nine……Tip Briney……16 pts

Winner …….....Bob Watson ( 7)…….........36pts           
2nd Place……..Maurice Roberts ( 12)……34 pts 
3rd Place……...Chris Barker ( 7)…………28 pts

A quick comfortable trip back to Pattaya, a tasty curry for the golfers, and on to the presentations.
Newcomer, American Chris Barker was very impressed that we presented a Green Jacket to the Winner. Equally impressed over the “Wig” and the fact that Vic Wright got to wear it again, the last time before returning to Australia. Good Sport Vic.

Morrison Awakens From Slumber

An even number of 16 golfers set out for the short journey to Burapha Golf Course under grey skies. Funny how the bus chatter lasts for about half the trip and then quiet.. Maybe everyone thinking of the plan of attack. Or some sleep?
We were assigned the C and D combination and, although some prefer the other combination (A and B), this course proved  to be in very good condition.
Fairways looking green, nicely shaped and clean. The greens were quicker than some courses we have played lately, which caught a few out initially, but ran truly. The rough is playable now. Carts were allowed on the course because the fairways were quite firm.
Check in was efficient here, as usual, and there was no hold up getting to the first tee and away. A comment on the Marshals here. Whenever I ask for information, they have been friendly, helpful and keen to answer exactly what I ask.
Wayne Morrison has had more downs than ups in his golf game this trip, but now on the final few days, has wakened with a bang. 42 points is a great effort around this course and he appeared to do it with ease.
It wasn’t a runaway win, however, as Phil Davies, himself  kicking some bad form, came a close second with his best score in a while. Phil, along with  Maurice (his marker), thought that with 40 points it was in the bag. Not reckoning on someone coming up with 42..
Third place went to a countback, with John Anderson’s 36 points edging out Kevin Rogers by way of a better back nine.
Best Front Nine (non winners)…..Nick Odnoral…….19 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners)…..Maurice Roberts …20 pts

Winner ………..Wayne Morrison (28)…….42 pts
2nd Place……..Phil Davies( 12)…………….40pts  
3rd Place………John Anderson (29)………36 pts c/back
4th Place………Kevin Rogers (12)………….36 pts
Stomachs full and on to the presentation of the Green Jacket to Wayne.
Someone has to get the “Wig”. The two players with the least best scores for the day both had other places to be, so good “ol” Toby Glass took one for the team. Looked ok too.





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