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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

Godfrey Atienza
John Johnson (England)

to their debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends

Derrick Kumar (Malaysia)
Graham Pratt (England)
Kenny Jepson (England)

Goodbye and best wishes for a safe return for

Bryan Dore (Ireland)


 

 

 

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

 

Richie McGhie’s Super Round

A hasty re-scheduling saw us heading for Khao Kheow to use our “rain check” vouchers before they expired. Although we were given a limit of six groups, we had thirty-three golfers sign up before we knew it but, because the course was not busy, Khao Kheow allowed us some slack and all lined up without inconveniencing any others.

The drizzle we had encountered on the trip to the course amazingly stopped just as our first group hit off A1, and stayed away for the whole round.
The course is in very good condition but, once again, the tee boxes are undergoing maintenance, so some are a little rough. No carts on fairways so lift, clean and place was the order.

When playing off a handicap of two you can’t afford many mistakes and Richie McGhie obviously had a very clean round to score 38 points, 72 gross to win the “A” flight. On a day where most struggled that is first class. It was a big gap to second placed Selwyn Yates scoring 33 points. He has been in good touch already on this trip. Toby Glass made 31 points to just edge into third spot.

“B” flight saw similar scoring with newcomer to Links, Godfrey Atienza, taking first place with 36 points ahead of Bill Stewart on 33 points. Stu Brown continued his recent good form to get third on a countback with 32 points over Colm O’Donovan who, however, won the best front nine award.

Near pins: (somebody forgot to number them) Adam Barton, Bill Stewart, Nils-Peter Kristensen, Toby Glass.

Best Front Nine (non winners) …Colm O’Donovan….18 pts

Best Back Nine (non winners) …. Dave Hewson ...16 pts

Once again, there were many contenders for the “silly hat” with some very lowly nine-hole scores. However, they escaped because Maurice had a mix-up with locker keys when key number 18 fitted locker 79. Some panic occurred when he couldn’t find his clothes, but all ended well and he wore the hat. There were three scores of just 18 points but countbacks awarded another newcomer, Kaj Aabling his first “wig”

The course played long from the yellow tees and it was a tough day at the office, except for Richie McGhie who wore the Green Jacket for the first time.

 

 

 

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Other News

 

Sign-Up Sheets

Sign up sheets are now displayed for up to a month before a fixture as current demand is greater than experienced before. Thank you for your cooperation.

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. 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.

Birdie membership is free and an app is available for download on its website at https://birdie.in.th/

All PLGS golfers are therefore asked to join Birdie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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